The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”
So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD. Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
Comment: This passage clearly states, if you read it in context, that one of the men was God. At Christmas we have the ‘truth’ that God became a baby and grew up through all the stages of development to be the perfect God-Man to be the perfect answer to the sin problem by His death and resurrection in our place. In this and other events recorded in scripture we see God appearing as a man and talking as a man with His listeners (by some called a theophany). Here God shares with Abraham His thoughts about the wickedness of Sodom, which is classically called Sodomy which if you look up the dictionary is another name for homosexuality. God said that their sin was great. One suspects that thinking of his nephew Lot, Abraham begins an argument for the saving of some, if any, righteous people in that city. The story is well known and we get the conclusion tomorrow.
Prayer: Help me to be concerned about how You see me rather than pointing fingers at others.