Bargain with God
dddoo7 last edited by dddoo7
God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness. They had gotten to the point that there were almost no righteous people left in the cities. Abraham was obviously troubled with the idea of so many people being condemned and so Abraham bargains with God. Abraham asks if there are 50 righteous people, would God spare the cities, and God says that he would. Abraham continues to bargain...45, 40, 30, 20 and finally 10. If there were 10 righteous people left in Sodom and Gomorrah God would have spared the cities. Yet There were not 10 righteous people. God led out only four and one of them turned back and was killed by God. They had gotten to the point that there really was only three righteous people left in the cities. Everyone else in Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God due to their wickedness.
Would you have been one of the last three that were spared? Will you be one of the last few still faithful to God when Christ returns?
Genesis 18:20-33 says, “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?  Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”  And the LORD said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
 Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.  Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”  Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”  Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”  He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”  Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”  And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.”
lathoto last edited by
@dddoo7 This verse led me to further study. "Looking back" or in some ways, sustaining regrets, impedes our spiritual growth.
orkan last edited by
@lathoto The key is to not dwell, but acknowledge past shortcomings, so as not to repeat them. Use the lessons learned to become superior. Thus, turning a negative into a positive. Once this has been done, no negative connotation or emotion can come from a previous mistake.