by Christina Farris
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place. What is it to have a relationship with God? Some people talk to God everyday, and others maybe not so frequent. Abraham would still pray until the Lord returned and perform the sacrifices I do not doubt, but there was a time on earth after the flood that God walked and talked to man upon the earth. In the verses in Genesis chapter 18:1-2 God came to the place Abraham tent was with three men. No clue who those three men were with God but they came to where Abraham abided and talked with Abraham. Abraham had fixed a meal, and God had said he have a son before he returned. Now with the pleasantries of the visit gone, Abraham walked with the three men and God and looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah. It is important to understand Abraham was a friend of God, Discussion about the destruction of the city before them from a distance was being shared with Abraham. Abraham in his wisdom questioned God if there were any righteous men there would he still destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. His nephew Lot and His family lived in Sodom. God and him had a discourse of how many would he spare if there were righteous among the men and women of Sodom.
What is the point of having a discussion with God on the destruction of town and village in Abraham day. God is angry with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickness. No one can imagine what must of been going through Abraham mind but we know he was concerned about believers that might exist in Sodom and Gomorrah. God would send two angels to Sodom and Gomorrah that would lead Lot and His family away from there before destruction, because of the wickness in those two cities. Yeah you got to read the next chapter to know that. But the truth of the matter to know that God was willing to warn and to tell the righteous people of destruction that laid ahead is speaking how close Abraham and God was to one another, that God was willing to speak about what he does to evil people unaware. God also should his mercy to righteous from the greatest number righteous of righteous people to the least number of righteous people. He was declaring the protection of those that believed to Abraham.
For many of us that watched the gulf war from our television it was having God telling man what was going to happen and then doing just that. Of course our government and news media is not God though they like you think it sometimes I think. It was a wide view of the events forecasted that made the event even more real. With ever war there as always been spectators, but also with every war there always been a forecast of warnings, public and coded. Media for the first time in history could actually forecast the war as it happened. The nation had first hand knowledge of the events of war. Many of us sat and wondered at these events and the reality of them as men and woman died we knew not. Did any tears fall at the event of war or only fear for our soldier and those with love ones in those cities.
As years past and more wars sprang up less live footage was displayed immediately during the action. Leaving the war over seas and not so much at our door so to speak. Yet it did not change lost of life or coffins coming home. Yet the knowledge was over there and coming here for those that had love one's overseas was worse then for those that did not. What was it like for Abraham to know of God's plan for destruction and about his family in harms way?
God was the first newscaster. He shared the news of events that was coming and Abraham would be able to see it afar off, not knowing if his kin folk would escape. Yet we do not here that side of the story, only what happened after God spoke to Abraham in Sodom and Gomorrah. God desires his children to be aware of events around them and around the globe. And like most people I do not doubt Abraham own curiousity of God's plans cause disturbance or turbulance in his life. Did Abraham go back and warn others something was about to happen in Sodom and Gomorrah the world will never know. But the relationship Abraham and God had was one of prophesy both good and bad. God did not hide anything from Abraham concerning the hope of children or the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
You can rest that God will make known to you individually the events of this world as well as things in your personal life. God may just open a door and close a door but bring you foreknowledge of it. Paul himself was warned not to go to Asia. He escaped with his life. Do not go anywhere God warns you not to go and go to places where the door is open to you that God has opened your heart to go. There is a reason some doors are shut and others are open. God wants to share what he is doing in the world around you. Jesus even spoke to his disciples about this in John chapter 15:15. Jesus no longer calls his people servants but calls them friends, because they know his Father business. Jesus shared the plans of His Father witht he disciples preparing them for what laid ahead, even if they understood it not fully at the time. The disciples would begin to understand the value of the prophesy to Jesus death more so after then during it. Yet because of these prophesy it would prepare the disciples for prophesy to come, to how to listen and to hear the meaning of it. How do I know because of prophesy in my own life. Some prophesy is of God and some of man. Beware of man's prophesy, verse God given prophesy.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the personal relation you desire with us as your children, that you are willing to speak to our hearts about such matters so we know why they are happening. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:John 15:15 KJV Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.