Judgement Pronounced on Sodom
Then the men set out from there, and they looked towards Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way. The Lord said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; so that the Lord may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.’ Then the Lord said, ‘How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.’
Devotion by Anne Mooney
God and Abraham were close. Abraham listened and talked to God, trusting when God asked him to leave his family in Ur to settle in a new land. Their relationship was so intimate, that God came to visit Abraham and brought some angels or messengers with him. While he was visiting Abraham, he brought news that Abraham would be the ancestor for a great nation of people. God also had another reason for visiting Earth. He planned to visit Sodom and Gomorrah to see if the people there were as wicked and sinful as he had heard. If they were, God planned to destroy them. God shared his plans with Abraham, like we share our plans with our friends. And as most of us know, Abraham tried to talk God out of destroying the cities. He bargained with God. God listened to Abraham and considered what he had to say. God cared about what Abraham thought and felt. He also wanted Abraham to teach his descendants about God, so that they, too, would have close relationships with God. God wants to be in relationship with us like he was with Abraham.
Dear God, Thank you for the faith of Abraham. Help my faith grow strong like his. Teach me how to listen and talk to you so our relationship is close, like friends of the heart. Amen.