Genesis Chapter 18
19 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.
25 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?
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Genesis Chapter 18 Bible commentary...
The Lord appears to Abraham. (1-8) Sarah's unbelief reproved. (9-15) God reveals to Abraham the destruction of Sodom. (16-22) Abraham's intercession for Sodom. (23-33)1-8 Abraham was waiting to entertain any weary traveller, for inns were not to be met with as among us. While Abraham was thus sitting, he saw three men coming. These were three heavenly beings in human bodies. Some think they were all created angels; others, that one of them was the Son of God, the Angel of the covenant. Washing the feet is customary in those hot climates, where only sandals are worn. We should not be forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares, #Heb 13:2|; nay, the Lord of angels himself; as we always do, when for his sake we entertain the least of his brethren. Cheerful and obliging manners in showing kindness, are great ornaments to piety. Though our condescending Lord vouchsafes not personal visits to us, yet still by his Spirit he stands at the door and knocks; when we are inclined to open, he deigns to enter; and by his gracious consolations he provides a rich feast, of which we partake with him, #Re 3:20|.
9-15 Where is Sarah thy wife? was asked. Note the answer, In the tent. Just at hand, in her proper place, occupied in her household concerns. There is nothing got by gadding. Those are most likely to receive comfort from God and his promises, who are in their proper place, and in the way of their duty, #Lu 2:8|. We are slow of heart to believe, and need line upon line to the same purport. The blessings others have from common providence, believers have from the Divine promise, which makes them very sweet, and very sure. The spiritual seed of Abraham owe their life, and joy, and hope, and all, to the promise. Sarah thinks this too good news to be true; she laughed, and therefore cannot as yet find in her heart to believe it. Sarah laughed. We might not have thought there was a difference between Sarah's laughter and Abraham's, ch. #17:17|; but He who searches the heart, saw that the one sprung from unbelief, and the other from faith. She denied that she had laughed. One sin commonly brings in another, and it is not likely we shall strictly keep to truth, when we question the Divine truth. But whom the Lord loves he will rebuke, convict, silence, and bring to repentance, and if they sin before him.
16-22 The two who are supposed to have been created angels went toward Sodom. The one who is called Jehovah throughout the chapter, continued with Abraham, and would not hide from him the thing he intended to do. Though God long forbears with sinners, from which they fancy that the Lord does not see, and does not regard; yet when the day of his wrath comes, he will look toward them. The Lord will give Abraham an opportunity to intercede with him, and shows him the reason of his conduct. Consider, as a very bright part of Abraham's character and example, that he not only prayed with his family, but he was very careful to teach and rule them well. Those who expect family blessings must make conscience of family duty. Abraham did not fill their heads with matters of doubtful dispute; but he taught them to be serious and devout in the worship of God, and to be honest in their dealings with all men. Of how few may such a character be given in our days! How little care is taken by masters of families to ground those under them in the principles of religion! Do we watch from sabbath to sabbath whether they go forward or backward?
23-33 Here is the first solemn prayer upon record in the Bible; and it is a prayer for the sparing of Sodom. Abraham prayed earnestly that Sodom might be spared, if but a few righteous persons should be found in it. Come and learn from Abraham what compassion we should feel for sinners, and how earnestly we should pray for them. We see here that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Abraham, indeed, failed in his request for the whole place, but Lot was miraculously delivered. Be encouraged then to expect, by earnest prayer, the blessing of God upon your families, your friends, your neighbourhood. To this end you must not only pray, but you must live like Abraham. He knew the Judge of all the earth would do right. He does not plead that the wicked may be spared for their own sake, or because it would be severe to destroy them, but for the sake of the righteous who might be found among them. And righteousness only can be made a plea before God. How then did Christ make intercession for transgressors? Not by blaming the Divine law, nor by alleging aught in extenuation or excuse of human guilt; but by pleading HIS OWN obedience unto death.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 18 comment on 11/21/2014, 7:43am...
Hello Semple In addition to my comment. God not only destroyed Sodom but Gomorrah as well for the sin of homosexuality. Gomorrah also was very prosperous Gen 13 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, KJV
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 18 comment on 11/20/2014, 8:21pm...
If I understand the word decadent means in a state of decline. Sodom and Gomorrah was just that. Sodom was a prosperous city that neglected her poor and needy, Ezekiel 16 48 thru 50. They had fallen into sin so badly that it was very grievous, Genesis 18 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous I had stated that I did not know if homosexuality was the only sin in that city but when you read the scriptures this was the sin most focused on. This is why God destroyed that city. It was not time for God to destroy the whole Earth again. The reason is because the prophecy of Jesus Christ had not be fulfilled as of yet, Genesis 3 15. However, God can destroy any and part of the Earth he wants. We still have floods that destroy some communities. We still have Volcanos that destroy some properties. We still have hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis that destroy land, homes, and communities. However, God will not destroy the whole earth until after the rapture and the tribulation period has been completed.
Semple's Genesis Chapter 18 comment on 11/20/2014, 8:02am...
You must understand that Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because they were "decadent " if that were true he would have pulled another "Noah 's Flood " only with fire . The destruction of "S G " was to protect the "Progeny of the Covenant ". Read Genesis Chapter 18 God didn 't want the Sodom Gomorrah men sodomizing little Isaac. Sexual intercourse is as much a spiritual event as it is a physical event. Remember Jacob 's daughter Dinah? She was NOT raped !!!!! She was defiled !!!!! Check out Webster 's Dictionary to discover the difference. Where did Jesus the Christ stand on the "Covenant Progeny " issue? ...aka Israel ? Read Matthew 15 24 Do not confuse the "Covenant People " aka Israel with the United Nations ' creation back in 1948. Anyone can deny Jesus, and then convert to Judaism, and then become a citizen of that country. But it has nothing to do with the Covenant between Abraham Isaac Jacob Israel and their descendants. That country is nothing more than a "slight of hand " to distract Bible Believing Christians from the true meaning of "God 's Word ".
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