Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

"And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 

And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I 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 know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.

And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.

And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place." Genesis 18:16-33

Consider this text.  In looking at Sodom, God proclaims two truths: He was building Abraham into a great & mighty nation; and, He was preparing to visit Sodom.

Why did He choose to bless Abraham?  Because Abraham was a patriarch; he took his rightful place as the head in his home by exerting the authority of God and commanding his household in the ways of the Lord.

For what purpose was God blessing Abraham?  So that, "the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him."  What God had spoken of to Abraham was a son.  As the Lord looked down at Sodom, He knew it was time to bring forth the promised son.

And although God only said that he was going down to visit Sodom, Abraham knew that judgment was coming.  He knew - as the Lord said - that the sin of those cities was great and very grievous. This know, there were not even ten righteous in all the city for God to spare His judgment.

When God looks down on the earth and sees that the world has become as Sodom, He determines that it is time for judgment.  He comes down to see about the people.  He prepares to send forth His Son.

"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:26-30

Have you ever seen someone going full force towards destruction and yet oblivious to their own pending demise? It is a pitiful sight to see.  There is none as foolish as one who will not heed Godly correction (Proverbs 12:15).

Scripture tells us that when Jesus returns, people will be eating, drinking, marrying, etc.  They will be going on none the wiser, carousing in life, believing that they are free from judgment and can do as they please with no repercussion.  Yet Jesus shall return in the midst of their revelry, and those who are unprepared shall all utterly be destroyed.

When Jesus returns, will He find you focused on the things of this world?  Are you still wrapped up in religion, trying to build up your treasures in the earth focusing on how to build prosperity and gain wealth "for the Lawd"?  Are you still wrapped up in sin (fornication, greed, lying, idolatry, etc.), believing that you always have tomorrow to get it right?  Are you still living for yourself, doing what you want to do but feeling like you are not really a bad person as long as you are not hurting anyone?  I tell you that you are a thief because you have stolen and misappropriated what belongs to the Lord...your very bodies.

"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"  Indeed He shall...and I hope you are prepared when He comes.

"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 1:7

1 comment:

  1. Whewww....Amen! Lord, give us your grace to endure with you until the end!!


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