Genesis 18:1-19:38 Do You Care About Others

            DO YOU CARE ABOUT OTHERS
    Genesis 18:1-19:38         February 3 2008

    Three visitors appeared to Abraham. through them God
reaffirmed His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son .
Sarah laughed wondering if she could become a first-time
mother at her age. god emphasized His promise would be
fulfilled, stating nothing was impossible for Him. Just
before the visitors left, Abraham learned God was about
to determine the extent of sin in Sodom and Gomorrah
and decide what to do with the cities (Gen.18:1-21).
    When God stated He would spare the city for 10
righteous people, Abraham realized the breadth and depth
of God’s love and mercy (Gen,18:22-33).
    The angel blinded the men who tried to force their
way into the house, thus protecting Lot and his family
 (Gen.19:1-11).
    As dawn broke, the angels escorted Lot, his wife,
and his daughters Sodom, instructing them to run and
not look back. When Lot’s wife looked back , she became
a pillar of salt. From a distance Abraham saw smoke rising
and knew god had judged the cities (Gen.19:12-29).
    Lot and his daughters moved to a cave. His daughters
took turns getting Lot drunk and sleeping with him. Each
became pregnant. The older daughter gave birth to a son who
became the ancestor of the Moabites.  The younger daughter
gave birth to a son who became the ancestor of the
Ammonites (Gen. 19:30-38).

    1. Open Your Mind to Judgment’s Reality (Gen. 18:20-21)

Gen. 18:20   Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom
and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 18:21  
that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad
as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

    Outcry. A cry of righteous indignation (the blood of
Abel, Gen.4:10) that became one of the reasons for the
destruction of the cities (Gen.19:13). Gomorrah.
(Gen.10:19; 13:10). Sin so Grievous. The sin of Sodom
(and probably of Gomorrah as well) was already proverbial
(Gen.13:13) and remained so for centuries (Eze 16:49-50).
    I will go down. The result would be judgment
(as in Gen.11:5-9), but God also comes down to redeem
(as in Ex 3:8). Not a denial of God’s infinite knowledge
but a figurative way of stating that he does not act out
of ignorance or on the basis of mere complaints.

    2. Offer Intercessory Prayers (Gen. 18:22-26)

Gen. 18:22   The men turned away and went toward Sodom,
but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. 18:23  
Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep
away the righteous with the wicked? 18:24   What if there
are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really
sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the
fifty righteous people in it? 18:25   Far be it from you to
do such a thing —to kill the righteous with the wicked,
treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from
you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 18:26  
The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city
 of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

    Abraham remained standing before the Lord. The
text and NIV text note both illustrate the mutual
accessibility that existed between God and his servant.
    The second time Abraham intervened for his relatives
and for Sodom (Gen.14:14-16).
    Judge of all the earth. Abraham based his plea on the
justice and authority of God, confident that God would do
what was right (Deut. 32:4).

    3. Observe God’s Compassion (Gen.19:12-16)

Gen. 19:12   The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone
else here —sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else
in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 19:13  
because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to
the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us
to destroy it.” 19:14   So Lot went out and spoke to his
sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters.
He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD
is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought
he was joking. 19:15   With the coming of dawn, the angels
urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two
daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when
the city is punished.”  19:16   When he hesitated, the men
grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two
daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD
was merciful to them.

    This fellow came here as an alien, and now He want to
play judge. Centuries later, Moses was also considered an
outsider and accused of setting himself up as a judge
( Exodus 2:14; Acts 7:27).
    We are going to destroy this place. Sodom’s wickedness
had made it ripe for destruction (Isa 3:9; Jer 23:14; La 4:6;
Zep 2:8-9; 2Pe 2:6; Jude 7).
    His sons-in-law thought he was joking. Lot apparently
had lost his power of moral persuasion even among his
family members.
     Hesitated. Perhaps because of reluctance to leave his
material possessions. His hand and the hands of his wife
and of his two daughters . The ten righteous people required
to save Sodom (Gen.18:32) had now been reduced to four. The
Lord was merciful to them. Deliverance is due to divine
mercy, not to human righteousness (Tit 3:5).

        Summary:

            Our intercession also can make a difference in
the lives of others.
            Not every prayer we pray for others receives
the answer we desire. Sometimes those for whom we pray
die. Sometimes families  collapse despite our intercession.
Despite our disappointments, we allhave seen God work in
wonderful ways in the life of individuals for whom we have
prayed. God has restored physical, mantal, and spiritual
health. God has healed families. God has brought people into
a saving relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
We need to thank and praise Him for answering our prayers
and continue to pray with confidence knowing He will
respond.