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Praying For Others (3 of 5)
Abraham's nephew Lot moved his family to the city of Sodom
because the land around the city was lush and green and would be good for his large flocks of sheep and goats. But the city was known for its immoral homosexual lifestyle which was prevalent among the people so God was going to destroy it because it was
When Abraham heard that God was going to destroy the city he asked the Lord to spare it if there were enough righteous people.
In Genesis 18:22-33 we have the conversation between Abraham and the Lord as he intercedes for the city to be spared.
Puritan pastor Samuel Rutherford wrote, "I have been benefited by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them I have gotten something for myself."
Intercession literally means "to pass between" which is to act on the part of two parties to bring them together or reconcile them.
Webster defines it: "to plead or petition in behalf of others."
Abraham acted on behalf of the people with God who was going to judge them for their wickedness. His intercession resulted in saving his nephew Lot from the judgment God brought on Sodom.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, "If in the Bible there were no examples of intercession, if Christ had not left it upon record that it was His will that we should pray for others . . . the very spirit of our faith would constrain us to plead for others."
Job, a righteous man, was attacked by Satan who destroyed his possessions, killed his ten children and caused him to suffer terribly with painful sores all over his body.
Three of his friends come to comfort Job in his suffering, but they attacked his character by telling him he is suffering for his sins.
COMMANDED BY GOD :8
Offering for Sin
Seven is the number for completion as in the creation of the world.
Double the sacrifice shows the severity of their sin against God.
Job was to act as a ...
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