Abraham Intercedes for Sodom

SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL
Monday, May 16
Text: Genesis 18:16-33 (NLT)
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
16 Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way.
17 “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. 18 “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. 19 I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”
20 So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”
22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? 24 Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? 25 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?”
26 And the Lord replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose there are only forty-five righteous people rather than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?”
And the Lord said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.”
29 Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only forty?”
And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.”
30 “Please don’t be angry, my Lord,” Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak—suppose only thirty righteous people are found?”
And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.”
31 Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue—suppose there are only twenty?”
And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?”
And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
33 When the Lord had finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way, and Abraham returned to his tent.

Questions to Consider:
Q.2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Q.7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?

Topic: Abraham Intercedes for Sodom


What constrained God to share His agenda against Sodom with Abraham (vs.17-19)? God would likely share His secrets with us if we are intimate with Him. God attested to Abraham's responsible parenting. Notice what the discharge of his parental responsibility will result in (v.19). The challenge of bringing up godly children by Christian parents is laid before us. How would God rate you as a Christian parent or guardian?

Abraham's qualities plus the unparalleled faith he had shown in God brought him into the highly confidential plan of God for Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot, Abraham's nephew, was living. Abraham swung into action to intercede for the city. Possibly thinking his nephew might have positively impacted lives there, he pleaded for God to spare the city if only ten righteous men are found there. We will see later how Lot fared.

Many of our cities today freely allow the immoralities that Sodom and Gomorrah practised (v.20; see also Isaiah 3:9). We shall read more details about Sodom tomorrow. God looks out for intercessors like Abraham to avert His judgment on our nations (see Ezekiel 22:30). Can He depend on you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please enable me to make a positive impact for you wherever I live.

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