By Derek Westmoreland
Senior Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Savannah
Focal Passage: Genesis 18:20-25; 19:12-16
Wickedness brings attention. Sodom and Gomorrah were known for their rampant sexual sin that flowed from a complete rebellion against the ways of the Lord (Genesis 13:13). The sins were public and the guilty were unrepentant. The iniquities of those in Sodom provoked the Lord to respond in verse 21. God responds as we should. He immediately acted upon what He had heard. He went down to see for Himself. We should not act without confirmation that what we have been told is indeed true.
Intercession pleads for grace. In verse 23, Abraham interceded on behalf of Sodom. Why did Abraham intercede? (1) He desired that God spare the righteous and (2) Abraham did not want the lost people in Sodom to perish forever. We are to hate sin but we are also to pity sinners. Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah because he knew more about their future than they did. To be an effective intercessor you must be personally obedient to His Word and you must be close enough to Him to know Him to a greater degree than others do. Abraham knew the Lord in a way that others did not and therefore he knew the future of the cities. [Read more…]