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.
Reinarudo Watanabe's Genesis Chapter 18 comment on 5/03/2015, 9:37pm...
GENESIS 18:23-32 COMMENTS 5 04 215 11:35 PM Abraham pleads for the men of Sodom. v23Ps.11:4-7 v24Matt.7:13-14 v25Isa.3:10-11 Rom.3:5-6 v26Matt .24:22 v27Luke18:1 Ps.8:4 v29 1Thess.5:17 v30Isa .55:8-9 v31Heb.4:16 v32Judg.6:39 1John3:22 Jas.5: 16 Lord, in your righteousness we live, A-men.
Dewey J's Genesis Chapter 18 comment on 5/03/2015, 3:00pm...
John, I believe the Scripture totally answer that for you so you don 't need to wonder. Gen. 18:23-33 tells us the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lev. 18:22 says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind it 's an abomination. Rom. 1:26-27 says, "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use of their bodies into that which is against nature. Verse 27 go on to tell us the men left the natural use of the women first homosexuality and brought on the nation God 's just destruction. Don 't get me wrong all sin is sin and all of us have sinned, but this particular sin is what the Scripture is speaking of. We as a people are not only watching other but are condoning that sin of others in the name of beings free minded and modern. Just the Supreme court is taking up the marriage equality issue in a so call Christian nation the US. Many States have as you know have already past laws legalizing what God has already declared to be an abomination these marriages. Therefore, it doesn 't appear that the majority of people in this are ready to do what 2 Chron.7:14 which says, if my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land. God bless us all and in the understanding of His Word. All praise and glory be to our God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Dewey J's Genesis Chapter 18 comment on 5/03/2015, 1:55pm...
Eloy, the Scripture only speak of one pregnancy by the Holy Ghost and that is Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. Everyone else or every other humanbeing was born of a man and woman. Even children born of surrogate mothers including Mary the mother of Jesus Christ herself. There is no Scripture in the holy bible that even suggest otherwise. Isa. Says, "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel which mean God with us . Lu. 1:31-35 the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and announced the birth of Jesus Christ by her through the power of God by the Holy Ghost. God bless us all and in the understanding of His Word. Glory be to God in the highest. Amen.
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