BATTLE TOWER, FORTRESS, OR RELIEF STATION?
03.07.21 // aBRAHAM: THE JOURNEY, PART 9 // hESS hESTER // lEAD pASTOR
“Theophany” = an appearance or manifestation of God; foreshadow of the incarnation.
Genesis 18:10, Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Gen. 18:16-17; When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
Gen. 18:18-19; Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
The greatest way to bless others is to influence them to live God’s way.
Gen. 18: 20-21; Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
“outcry” = in Hebrew, a loud cry that is the result of violent injustice and oppression.
God’s wrath is never impulsive; it’s always toward that which destroys what He loves.
Abraham could have responded to Sodom the same way Jonah responded to Ninevah.
Jonah 4:2-3; “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
Abraham intercedes for the city; he pleads with God for their lives.
Genesis 18: 22-26
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
What kind of people and church are we going to be in relationship to the culture?
Gen. 18:21; “…I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
2 Peter 3:9b, The Lord is… patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
God delights in responding to our intercession for others by showing mercy!
God’s heart of mercy is most clearly seen in the sacrifice of His Son on the cross.
Romans 8:34 (LB), For he is the one who died for us and came back to life again for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us there in heaven.
The Easter 28 Day Ten Minute Prayer Challenge:
- Pray for your family.
- Pray for your co-workers.
- Pray for your neighbors.
- Pray for who you’ll invite to Easter.