Genesis 18:20 – 19:38 (English Standard Version)
Then the Lord said, â€œBecause the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.â€
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. Then Abraham drew near and said, â€œWill you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?â€ And the Lord said, â€œIf I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.â€
This is one of the passages in the one year bible, for today (jan 8, 2004).
how amazing is it that abraham appears to have changed god’s mind?
how incredible that god seems to at least want, if not need, to go down there and see for himself how bad the city has gotten?
i love how abraham points out god’s goodness (“far be it from you…”) and all but forces god’s hand in this matter.
how much faith must it take to stand face to face with the creator, and say, “hey, wait!” !
how would you have handled it, if you were in abrahams birkenstocks?