This week in Chapters 18-19 we listen in on two conversations between Abraham and the LORD - who amazingly appears in the form of a man! (see 18:2,10).
Most of the story concerns Sodom and Gomorrah - which shocks our sense of decency and morality to the core! There are two very famous phrases in out text as well: 18:14 "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" and 18:26 "Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" The answer to the first is NO! and the second YES!
Of course the incident of Lot's wife becoming a pillar of salt always grabs our hearts as well. How tragic. Chapter 19 ends with more shock regarding the depravity of men.
So, how can all this sin be at all encouraging in any way? What theme in chapters 18-19 holds our attention in the middle of the moral garbage heap of humanity? I think it's the patience, long-suffering, tolerance, and mercy of God toward sinful man.
I'm struck by 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
I want us to marvel at our God. I want us to be humbled by the patience He has shown each of us when we were lost and under His wrath, (Eph. 2:3) until that day of salvation that came to us through Christ!
Title: "The Judge of All the Earth Will Do Right!"
Text: Genesis 18-19
Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:16-33
Theme: God is not willing that any should perish but that they come to repentance. He does not take delight in the death of the wicked. Yet, there is a day of accounting when the sin of man reaches its full measure.
Rejoice in kindness, tolerance and patience of our God that led us to repentance! Rom. 2:4