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The Prayers of the Old Testament (2 of 13)
The Prayer of Lot
Clarence E. Macartney
When Abraham had finished his noble intercession in
behalf of the wicked cities of the plain, he got from
the Lord a promise that if He found ten righteous men
there, He would not destroy the city. The Lord went
His way and Abraham returned to his place.
Meanwhile, the two angels, ministers of the Divine
justice, drew nigh to the gates of Sodom. Lot was not
less careful to entertain strangers than Abraham, and
greeted the two men with kindness and courtesy. They
had not been long in Lot's house when they had an
exhibition of the frightful wickedness of the
inhabitants, such as left them in no doubt as to the
necessity of immediate and terrible judgment. Not even
ten righteous men were to be found.
But God could do better than Abraham thought. Abraham
thought that God would condemn the city as a whole, or
save it as a whole. But God does not deal with the
righteous as if they were the wicked. Lot, who was at
least relatively righteous, is warned of the coming
judgment and permitted in turn to warn his family
connections. This he does with vigor and earnestness.
"Up, get you out of this place, for the Lord will
destroy this city." But he seemed to them as one that
mocked. Lot's influence was gone. He had lived too
long in Sodom and had made too much money there and
formed too many bonds of family and business there to
be taken seriously now, when he reasoned of
righteousness and judgment to come.
That may happen to a father or mother in their home,
to a minister in his church. If Lot had taken that
course when he first came there, they might have
listened to him, but not now. He seemed to them as one
that mocked. Only his two daughters and his wife could
he persuade to go with him, and when the morning came,
he himself was wavering and lingering, and had to be
forcibly ejected from the doomed c ...
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