Today you should read: Genesis 18:16-33
In this passage we find a very interesting conversation between Abraham and a person who is deemed as “the Lord.” Many who have studied the Bible believe this to be what is called a Christophony, simply put, an appearance of Jesus before He was born into this world. There are several other places where this type of language is found and could very well mean that Jesus came down to earth in some sort of physical form before He was born to Mary. This person called “the Lord” is accompanied by 2 other “men” who most scholars believe were angels. Abraham has just given these 3 men a meal and now they are heading toward Sodom.
The Lord begins to seemingly think to Himself about whether or not he should tell Abraham what He is up to. He decides to tell Abraham what He is going to do. He tells him that He and the 2 other men are there to check out Sodom and see what is going on there. They had heard that it was an evil, wicked place and they wanted to see it for themselves.
After the Lord tells Abraham about this he realizes what the Lord is about to do. No doubt Abraham is thinking about Lot, his nephew, and wants to make sure he is okay. Abraham begins an interesting dialogue with the Lord. He asks Him if He would spare Sodom if at least 50 people there were innocent. The Lord responds that He would spare it for 50 people. Abraham continues on by asking if He would spare it for 45people.. all the way down to 10 people. The Lord tells him that He would indeed spare it if He found 10 innocent people. Then the Lord and Abraham part ways.
So, what can we take away from this?
We see Abraham’s intercession for Lot. We should always be praying for our family and friends, as well as those we don’t even know. We also see very clearly here that no one is innocent (see Psalm 143:2, Romans 3:10, 1 John 1:8). God is completely justified in destroying anyone and everyone but, in His great love and mercy, He saves us through Jesus’ blood.
Let us praise God today that He has withheld His judgment from us and instead gives us grace.
Posted by Robbie Byrd