THE FAMILY MAN, PART TWO
In this story, Abraham is back in business trying to save his nephew Lot. God has a conversation with Abraham that is incredibly lengthy and interesting. You can get an idea of how God feels about Abraham from their conversation.
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?”
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.”
And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.”
And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.”
And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
Questions to Think About
Why do you think God lets Abraham “change” his mind, and negotiate with Him?
In the next chapter we find out that God does save Lot and his family. Do you think God was planning on doing that from the beginning, or does He save them because of Abraham’s pleading for them?
This story shows the power of prayer. Essentially this conversation was Abraham praying to God to save his nephew. Do you know of anyone who regularly prays for you?
Is there anyone you’re praying for?