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Genesis 18:22-26

 

The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham.

Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?

Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city.

Will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes?

Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked.

Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same!

Surely you wouldn’t do that!

Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”

And the Lord replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.” 

 

Our Scripture this morning provides much insight into the true heart of God.  Many people struggle with the Old Testament.  They find much of the language and God's actions extremely harsh.  "New Testament Christians" often cannot reconcile God's love in sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for us, with the dire realities of God's punishments when His children are so disobedient.  As Moses relates the Biblical facts to us in Genesis, Sodom and Gomorrah had become the center of all non-godly behavior.  God had told Abraham and Lot that "enough was enough."  Abraham and Lot expressed a concern that many of us may have thought, and even voiced to God.  Would God really destroy the righteous with the wicked?  God answers that question for these two Godly men, and for us.  Sometimes, regardless of what we think, it is too late.  There is no turning back and their are no other righteous people around.  How could that be?  Moses and I will share with you what was going on in the Old Testament.  Be prepared, as it is the same thing going on in our world today.  The culprit is a two-word phrase that we banter about endlessly.  God warned us about this two-word phrase in almost every chapter of the Bible.  The phrase is "Peer Pressure."    If you haven't noticed, we human beings are like chameleons.  We change our "color" to fit into and hide in our current environment.  If you were a Christian in Sodom and Gomorrah, you weren't for long!  In verse 20 of the very same chapter that houses today's lesson, God states that the sin in Sodom and Gomorrah was "very grievous."  What God ends up pointing out to Lot, is that there is not but one righteous person left in this region.  We may often feel like this, living in today's world.  Everywhere we look, our sin is grievous.  God lets Abraham and Lot change the rules five times.  God acquiesces from them needing to find 50 righteous people to 40, then to 30, then to 20, and finally to 10.  Bottom, line...these righteous simply did not exist.  So Lot is spared as he walks out of town, and not even his wife can be righteous and follow God's leadership.  I believe that Jesus and His Father may be having the same conversation in heaven right now. We will never know, until we stand face-to-face with God, but I believe this is the reason God has tarried His coming in the person of His Son Jesus Christ.  Unfortunately today, like in Sodom and Gomorrah, the righteous are far outnumbered by the unrighteous.  Like Lot and Noah, God has a plan for saving the righteous.  We read about it in Revelation and 1 Thessalonians.  The dead in Christ will rise and meet Him in the air.  The righteous that are left will be delivered.  Make sure you have arranged for "guaranteed, overnight delivery."  It doesn't cost any money.  Jesus already paid your heavenly FedEx bill!  Don't be confused.  You still have to "call and arrange for a pickup!"  God doesn't know your address if you haven't told Him where you live.  So, before God's "delivery cut-off time" arrives, "Call for a pickup today!"