April 26th 2016
Only The Righteous Will Be Spared
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. (Genesis 18:28-32 KJV)
Abraham was asking God about sparing any who were righteous from His anger and hammer of destruction in Sodom. Abraham knew that God was merciful and desired for all mankind to be saved. However, Abraham understood that God could not let flagrant sin continue to run rampant in the world.
The wicked lifestyle being lived in Sodom practiced by many was a horrific influence for Lot and his family to be living amongst.
Abraham, along with God, desired for more righteous people to be found. However, the number kept dwindling from 50 to 40 to 30 to 20 and then to ten. If ten righteous were found in the city God would spare it from being destroyed because God is merciful and patient. God could not even find 10 righteous people.
God had to rain down the wages of sin for many who stoically refused to turn from their sin. He saved Lot and his two daughters but God destroyed all other inhabitants of that city and the city itself.
These verses in Genesis are a picture of future events at the end of the Age of Grace. God’s mercy will turn to wrath. He will redeem the righteous, send sinners to Hell for all eternity, and destroy the earth.