God's Mercy Revealed in Sodom
Genesis 18:17, 20-23
The end of Genesis 18 and Genesis 19 deals with the sin and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Most of the time people focus on God's judgment against sin, but I want to bring attention to God's mercy. It is true that God will not tolerate sin. However, judgment is always God's last alternative. Mercy is always extended before judgment falls. The Bible makes it clear that "God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). But the Bible also tells us that many will enter the wide gate that leads to destruction, but few will enter into the narrow gate, which leads to eternal life. Why is it that God says He desires mercy yet most will enter destruction? The Bible says that man's condemnation is that they love darkness rather than light and people who practice evil hate the light because it exposes their deeds (John 3:19-20). Because they do not want to leave sin, they either run from the light or try to extinguish the light. God does not choose judgment; people choose judgment over forgiveness because they don't want to submit to a Holy God.
As we walk through the history of Sodom, keep this in mind. You will see God's loving mercy first. As men revolt against God and glorify godlessness, the only remaining alternative is justice. I believe God executes justice with a broken heart. But His mercy does not overrule justice. His mercy paid the penalty of His justice; therefore, forgiveness is freely given to anyone who will receive it.
Revelation to the Righteous
The fall of Sodom and Gomorrah begins with God revealing the sin of these cities to Abraham. God always reveals a nation's sin to the righteous and the righteous are called to pray and seek healing. The Bible says, "The effective prayer of the righteous man accomplishes much". The balance of the land is in the hands of the righteous. If a nation falls from righteousness, it is God's peopl ...
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