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After eating and chatting with Abraham, the three heavenly visitors and Abraham began to walk in the direction of Sodom (v. 16). As they walked, the Lord informed Abraham of the impending judgment of Sodom (vv. 17-21). Since Abraham was going to become the father of the nation, the Lord wanted him to know that the coming punishment on Sodom was necessary, because of the great sin of this city. He didn’t want Abraham to become confused and think that judgment would destroy all of the land promised to him and his descendants (vv. 22-23).
As the Lord looked at Abraham, no doubt many thoughts must have filled Abraham’s heart. He knew that his backslidden nephew Lot lived there; thus, he was greatly concerned. I can visualize Abraham standing with his arms outstretched as though to bar the only way to Sodom. However, this people’s sins were so great that they had to be judged.
Abraham appealed to the Lord that Sodom might be spared on the basis of God’s justice. (He thought for certain that there must be some righteous people in Sodom.) Thus, he pleaded that if there was a certain number of righteous people in the city, God would spare the whole city on behalf of the righteous. Abraham started with a figure of 50 and kept coming down until he got down to 10 (vv. 24-32). Since the city was destroyed, we can conclude that not even 10 righteous people could be found.
Just as Abraham stood there with outstretched arms, as if to bar the way to Sodom, the Lord will one day stand with his arms outstretched to save, and thus bar the road to hell.
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Genesis 15:1-21The Abrahamic Covenant
Genesis 16:1-16Hagar and Ishmael
Genesis 17:1-16The Sign of the Covenant
Genesis 17:17-27Abraham And Ishmael are Circumcised
Genesis 18:1-15God Promises Abraham a Son
Genesis 18:16-33Abraham Makes an Appeal for Sodom
Genesis 19:1-11Lots Guests Are Assaulted
Genesis 19:12-26Lot Leaves Sodom And The Cities Are Destroyed
Genesis 19:27-38Lot’s Daughters Have Sons By Their Father
Genesis 20:1-18Abraham Tells Abemelech Sarah is His Sister
Genesis 21:1-21God Provides For Hagar And Ishmael
Genesis 21:22-34Abraham’s Agreement With Abimelech