For The Sake Of…

The LORD said, “The outcry against [insert your country here] is so great and their sin so grievous 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.” The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 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?” 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.” (Genesis 18:20-23, 25, 32, NIV 1984).

My Musings – If you’ve read all the intervening verses, you know that Abraham started out at fifty and “bargained” God down to ten. As it turned out, there were not even ten, but God graciously removed His “remnant” (Lot and his family) before executing His judgment. He did not “sweep away the righteous with the wicked.

As I look about my own country (the United States), I see “sin so grievous” that the “outcry against [it must be] so great.” But thus far, “for the sake of [the elect, He has] not destroy[ed] it.” Perhaps you feel the same about your country. Thus far, but how much farther? A time is coming, perhaps soon, when “the Judge of all the earth [will] do right.” Destruction and judgment will come. I don’t know how exactly it will play out, but God still knows how to “collect the weeds…to be burned,” and “gather the wheat and bring it into [His Kingdom].” (Matthew 13:30, NIV 1984).

My Advice – Don’t be swept away with the weeds.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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