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Lesson # Genesis 18:20-22
Study Material - Genesis 18:20-22
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20 And the LORD said, 'The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.' 22 Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD.
Christ explained to Abraham the sin of Sodom. By the way this is a manifestation of the pre-incarnate Christ. Jesus, on several occasions made appearances to Old Testament persons. Herein He is identified as Lord. The other two persons are not identified, but we can assume that they are angels in the manner of those described in Nebuchadnezzar's time in the book of Daniel. They accompany Christ and are available to witness the conversation between Christ and Abraham as well as Sarah. They are also here to be witness to the sins of Sodom, of which they are most certainly already aware.
Christ is God. As God He has omniscience, which means that He knows everything. He knows all that is knowable, and He knows all that is unknowable, or that which could have happened but did not. From heaven God is already aware of Sodom and its sins. Watcher angels have already seen and conveyed the status of Sodom and each of its citizens. The decision of destruction has already been made, but there is always one last attempt to bring those who are lost, back to Bible doctrine. Christ will go there Himself to see if there is any interest. We will see that the interest is only sinful, with a hard core anti-christ attitude.
The sins of the cities is exceedingly grave, 'me od', and 'kabed'. It is vehemently or speedily or fast moving and in the wrong direction. It is heavy, burdensome beyond the ability to carry. In other words, they have crossed the line. They have passed the point of no return.
Then why is Christ going there to see the city? Why did he stop off at Abraham's and then make mention of the Sodom saga?
Jesus Christ controls history. He controls individuals with respect to their blessing and guidance. He controls broader pictures of history with blessing or in this case, judgment, and gives us an opportunity to observe His policy and methods of handling judgment.
In words that allow us to understand, He first hears of the sin. We have already seen how watcher angels confirm the actions of peoples. God has a method to His policy. He does not react with knee jerk reactions, but He responds with positive and proactive actions, based on evidence, not hearsay, with confirmation, not gossip.
This is a lesson for us here on earth. Rather it is a lesson for world leaders. When there is a problem brewing in the world, we first accumulate the evidence, document the evidence, verify the evidence, identify the guilty, seek the release of those who are not guilty, search for an intermediary if one is available, then act with force to convict and execute the guilty.
The is order to Gods method. There is fairness. There is justice. Christ has all of the facts and has stated them to Abraham. Christ is going Himself to verify and confirm. Christ will linger slightly for Abraham to act as that intermediary - 'if fifty...if forty...if thrity', and so forth. Abraham does not have all of the facts. Christ does. Lot is the only believer and Christ will seek his release from the city prior to judgment.
Christ lingers behind to give Abraham his opportunity, but Abraham already knows the answer to the question he is about to pose. There are no innocents within the cities, but Lot. That is to say, there are no believers but Lot and his family. They will be spared.
How does this apply to our current Afghanistan problem? We know the crime. We are accumulating and determining the evidence. We are confirming the degree of the problem within the borders of Afghanistan. Those folks there, know that we are growing on the horizon like a massive storm. Refugees are moving out of the cities, getting away from the target of the storm - they are the innocents. Certainly there will be those scum that will try to blend in with the crowds leaving. But those who remain behind in defiance to what is right, those who cling to their terrorist philosophies, then they are the targets of justice.
When one person breaks the law, the law pursues him and brings him to trial. If he resists, then force is used to capture him or cancel his opposition in one way or another. If that criminal is a large group, than the pursuit comes from a larger group of course. If any aid the criminal, then they fall under the indictment as well.
There is a close parallel to our current day, and we have the opportunity to sit back and see if our current leaders will have the backbone to follow through, or to compromise and allow justice to escape. There are examples of compromised justice in the Bible as well. And when the criminals are not stopped, then greater violence rises eventually and greater numbers suffer.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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