“GOD continued, “The cries of the victims in Sodom and Gomorrah are deafening; the sin of those cities is immense. I’m going down to see for myself, see if what they’re doing is as bad as it sounds. Then I’ll know.”
Abraham confronted him, “Are you serious? Are you planning on getting rid of the good people right along with the bad? What if there are fifty decent people left in the city; will you lump the good with the bad and get rid of the lot? Wouldn’t you spare the city for the sake of those fifty innocents? I can’t believe you’d do that, kill off the good and the bad alike as if there were no difference between them. Doesn’t the Judge of all the Earth judge with justice?”
Abraham came back, “Do I, a mere mortal made from a handful of dirt, dare open my mouth again to my Master? What if the fifty fall short by five—would you destroy the city because of those missing five?” He said, “I won’t destroy it if there are forty-five.” The men set out for Sodom, but Abraham stood in GOD ’s path, blocking his way.
GOD said, “If I find fifty decent people in the city of Sodom, I’ll spare the place just for them.”
Abraham spoke up again, “What if you only find forty?” “Neither will I destroy it if for forty.” He said, “Master, don’t be irritated with me, but what if only thirty are found?” “No, I won’t do it if I find thirty.” He pushed on, “I know I’m trying your patience, Master, but how about for twenty?” “I won’t destroy it for twenty.” He wouldn’t quit, “Don’t get angry, Master—this is the last time. What if you only come up with ten?” “For the sake of only ten, I won’t destroy the city.” Genesis 18:20-32 MSG
This scripture has been on my heart for the past week. There’s something about the timidness meeting boldness meeting honor for the sake of doing the next right thing. Abraham (who has already witnessed the Lord speak to him, make a promise to him, provide a miracle to him) is still discovering The Lord’s ways. I’m so captivated with the back and forth of the conversation. Abraham didn’t have the Old Testament and New Testament to have as a cross and compare. We do! We have the gift of His word to see His character and faithfulness shown time and time again. We also have the gift of now in seeing what His purpose and plan is for our lives all the while knowing WHO HE IS. Last year, ahem 2020, wasn’t pretty in a lot of ways for a lot of people. To be honest, 2019 or 2018 or fill in said year wasn’t good for others. Does that change who the Lord is? Does it change His word? No and no. Remember who He is in your life, who He is in His word. The same patient, purposeful, and faithful God that walked with Abraham, walks with you…if you allow Him.