More Old Testament Lessons
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 11 Thursday
Read first paragraph,
“The first substantive reference to Sodom in the Bible is Genesis 13:12, 13. Lot and Abraham decided to separate for “financial” reasons. Lot chose the Jordan valley, and “pitched his tent toward Sodom” (Gen. 13:12). The Bible then comments, “Now the people of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD” (Gen. 13:13, NRSV). Later, when God warned Abraham that He was planning to destroy Sodom, Abraham negotiated an agreement that God would not destroy it if 10 righteous people were found there (Gen. 18:16-33). The unlikelihood of finding even 10 righteous people in Sodom was amply demonstrated by what happened to the messengers sent to visit Lot. The city was duly destroyed; only Lot and his two daughters escaped (Gen. 19:12-25).”
First question did Abraham negotiate with God? Hmmm… Did God go to Abraham unaware of how Abraham would respond? Did God respond to Abraham’s requests to not destroy for 50, 40 and so on with a lack of knowledge of how many righteous people were in Sodom?
Did the conversation Abraham have with God change the outcome that God told Abraham was going to happen?
In other words, was God negotiating with Abraham or doing something else? What was God doing? God was educating by action to the angels in heaven, who long to look into these things, and Abraham by experience on the kind of person God is.
What about the destruction of the cities, what is revealed about God, and about the end of the wicked at the end of time?
That God does not torture, that God will not allow people to suffer eternally but bring an end to the suffering.
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Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 1 Lesson 11 Thursday
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