In this next couple of posts, I will explore the wonderful conversation that Abraham and God have regarding the destruction of the cities Sodom and Gomorrah. There is so much rich prayer time in this dialogue that I want to spend a couple of days on it. I found this wonderful video that shows the actual sites of the cities Sodom and Gomorrah. Yes, there were actual cities and they were actually destroyed by “fire and brimstone”. You have to see the video. It is about 27 minutes long, but so worth the time to watch. I want to post this first about the cities and the destruction of them with this video before I get too deep into Abraham and God’s conversation. The reason behind this is to show you the actual result of God’s wrath and judgment. Here is the initial scripture that sets up the scene. This scripture is God deciding to tell Abraham of the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and why He is going to share with Abraham.
16 Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. 17 And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” 20 And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, 21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
Now, God Himself didn’t have to “go down” to the cities to know. He knew exactly what was going on. I believe he used these words so Abraham might understand. He was sending His angels to go down to the cities to see the debase, immoral, horribly evil things that were going on in the cities. Then we learn later, they were also there to save Lot and his family.
So this conversation is quite interesting. It is initiated by God and Abraham feels quite comfortable in approaching Him with his many questions. I will get into the conversation tomorrow. However, this initial prayer initiated by God is so wonderful. God considers Abraham a friend and talks out the reasons He will share this with “His friend”.
God loves His people so much and yet does not allow evil to continue among them. He will take out the evil in mankind when it reaches a point of total and complete wickedness and depravity. Thank God that He sent His son Jesus to save us from ourselves! Mankind can become so wicked, as today’s society is quickly becoming, that they are simply past the point of redemption. God is watching and waiting. I believe there will come a day when the earth will see and feel the wrath of God, as did Sodom and Gomorrah. In that day, those that know Jesus and His saving power of Grace and Mercy will not taste the wrath that is to come. Those that have not accepted Jesus as their Savior, unfortunately, will experience the full wrath of God. God loves you and wants you to experience His love and mercy and not His wrath. That is why He sent Jesus 2,000 years ago. If you don’t know Him as your personal Savior, here is a link to Bible.org for a simple plan of salvation. This will guide you into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and you too can experience His Love, Grace and Mercy. God loves you so much, He calls you His beloved.
The Song – God So Loved The World – Charles Billingsley
The video is very good and needs to be seen prior to my next post. Again, it is the result of the Righteous and Just God that cannot allow this kind of evil to exist forever. It is done very tastefully and shows the land and explains what you are looking at. Please take the time to watch.