Follow Me: He Remembered

sodom_gomorrah_2Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Genesis 19[1]

When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah he remembered Abraham.[2] Fearful the judge of all the earth would destroy the righteous with the wicked Abraham had pleaded with God for restraint. At Abraham’s request, God agreed to spare the entire city if he could find ten righteous people living there.

If Abraham believed it was wrong to sweep away the righteous with the wicked[3] why did he stop at ten. Was it okay to sweep away nine righteous people with the wicked? Nine righteous people may have been expendable to Abraham, but not to God. God does not kill the righteous with the wicked. He does not treat the righteous and the wicked alike. He is the judge of all the earth and he will do right.[4]

Sodom and Gomorrah were two of five cities marked for destruction. Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (later called Zoar) were also on the list to be destroyed. God delayed the destruction of these wicked cities until ONE righteous man was safe. And God was more gracious than Abraham could imagine. When the men of Sodom accosted Lot’s home intent on gang raping the newcomers, Lot’s guest’s revealed their mission. They were angels that God sent to destroy the cities. Lot and everyone who belonged to him would be saved if they left. Lot spent the rest of the night trying to persuade his extended family of the impending danger, but they did not take him serious. When Lot refused to leave the angels took them by the hand, escorted them out of the city and said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”[5]

By this time Lot was exhausted. What had started as a pleasant evening entertaining guest, turned into an immoral onslaught from his neighbors. He made his way through the mob blinded by the angels to be mocked by his family. He had already lost everything he owned in a war once and now faced the prospect of losing everything again. Then the angels dragged him out of Sodom and told him to run to the mountains.

A physically and emotionally drained righteous man complained he would not make it to the mountains before disaster fell. Then Lot had what he thought was a better solution than God’s. “Let me go to Zoar. It’s a small town and I will be safe there.” God, who is easy to be entreated, said Okay. As soon as Lot stepped into the city of Zoar “the Lord rained down burning sulfur” on Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim but not Zoar. God who is easy to be entreated spared an entire city marked for destruction for the sake of ONE righteous man.

[1] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[2] Genesis 19:29

[3] Genesis 18:23

[4] Genesis 18:25

[5] Genesis 19:17

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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