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The Bargaining for Sodom & Gomorrah"Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is less than fifty? Would you destroy the whole city because of five people?" Abraham would ask the Lord.
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 18:16-33)
In the last article we'd learned how Abraham had been the perfect host, when it came to how he treated his three angelic guests. For we find, that the Abraham had treated them with great respect. And it's at this time that the Sacred Record also revealed, that during this visit, the Lord had sent a message -- that concerned Abraham's wife, Sarah.
Now when it came to this message, know that it dealt with the angelic visitors, informing her and Abraham -- that she was going to be found with child, at that time, next year.
However, after Sarah had heard the message that the angels had brought, she'd laughed to herself -- for she had doubted what God's message claiming.
And although Sarah had laughed to herself, know that the Lord still heard Sarah when she laughed. And because she did this, the Lord calls out Sarah for laughing and doubting: "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son." -- Genesis 18:13,14
Nonetheless, Sarah would then try to lie about what she had done, by quickly speaking out: "But I didn't laugh." But the Lord would have none of what Sarah was trying to convince Him of, and He'd quickly replied: "Yes Sarah, you did laugh."
And it would be at this time, that the Lord would remind Sarah, that there's nothing that's too hard for Him to do -- and then He'd confirmed to her again, that she will indeed, have a child -- at that time next year.
Bible Study OnlineSodom & Gomorrah?
Now a short while later, we find that the three angels would now turn and place their attention upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. So they'd got up from the table and started to leave, heading towards these two cities. Now Abraham would walk and follow along with them. But know that Abraham had no clue, that these three angels were on their way to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
He also didn't know, that the Lord had just passed judgment on these two cities. Now when it comes to the judgement of the Lord, know that it was brought upon these two cities, because the people who lived from within these cities -- were found to be, in the Lord eyes, wicked and sinful.
Bible Study OnlineShould I Tell Abraham?
Now it would be at this moment from within our journey, where we're now being treated with a rare look into God's personal relationship, that had been developed with Abraham? For we find, that the Sacred Record would inform us, that God was wondering if He should tell Abraham about what He is planning to do -- when it came to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah:
"Shall I hide from Abraham what I'm about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." -- (Genesis 18:17-20)
Bible Study OnlineAbraham I Want You to Know Something?
Now after God had pondered a bit, He decides to go ahead and tell Abraham about His plans, when it came to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah: "The outcry against the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached Me. If not I will know." -- Genesis 18:20
Now after hearing this, Abraham just stood there. And two of the three angels had then turned, and walked away, and they'd continued to head towards the cities. Now in the meantime, Abraham would become courageous, and quite bold. For we now find him, beginning to question God about His intentions.
Bible Study OnlineMy Lord -- What If?
Abraham would begin by asking the Lord: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?
"Far be it for you to do such a thing, to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do what's right." Abraham would say boldly to the Lord.
And the Lord would respond: "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."
Bible Study OnlineMy Lord -- If I May?
And being that Abraham had approached God so boldly the last time around, and was truly blessed that God did not destroy him for it -- Abraham would change his approach somewhat, as he presented his next question for the Lord:
"Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is less than fifty? Would you destroy the whole city because of five people?" Abraham asked the Lord.
And after hearing this, the Lord would agree to Abraham's proposal. For the Lord told his servant, that He would not destroy the city if there were forty-five righteous people in it. So Abraham would proceed further, by asking another question:
"But what if there were only forty righteous people in the city, would you destroy it?" And again, God would agree that He would not destroy the city if there were only forty righteous people that could be found in the city.
Bible Study OnlineMy Lord -- I Must Insist?
Now after hearing the Lord's reply, Abraham would continue to bargain for the cities: "May the Lord not be angry with me, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?" And again, the Lord would agree, that if He'd found thirty -- He would not destroy the cities. And Abraham continued:
"Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?" And God would agree, that if He had found twenty righteous people in the city, He would not destroy it. And Abraham continues on, and presents God with one more question: "May the Lord not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?"
And the Lord would reply to Abraham once more, before the angels had reached the cities. "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it." And with Abraham thinking, that there should at least be, ten righteous people that could be found from within the city of Sodom -- he stopped his bargaining with the Lord, and headed back home, in order to wait and see -- what the outcome of his bargaining with the Lord, would turn out to be.
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Now that we've just read about the type of personal relationship, that Abraham had with God, and how Abraham would use this personal connection with the Lord -- in order to try and save the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. As we move forward to the next article, we'll see if Abraham's efforts, will in fact -- be able to save the two wicked, and sinful cities, from the wrath of God.
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