Friday, 4 May 2012

Genesis 18: Abraham, the Negotiator

In this chapter we see Abraham being the consummate negotiator; trying to bring God down to the best price possible.  He succeeds in carrying God from 50 to 10 righteous souls to save Sodom and Gomorrah.  The intent of this exchange was not to lecture God in being gracious; it was a test of how much Abraham had learned from God.  Indeed God had been especially gracious to him, so he should know a thing or two about Him.  Here he passed the test with flying colours.

This also shows that our God is very transparent in His governance, and when He says in Isa. 1: 18, "Come let us reason together...." He really means it.  And what an awesome pleasure it is to talk with Him!

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During those 1000 years we'll spend in Heaven, we too are going to have a talk with God about the impending judgment to fall upon the wicked.  We're going to want to know why persons we thought would have been there (perhaps persons participating in this project) are not.  And then perhaps there may be persons who are there, whom we thought wouldn't be there - and we may also want to know how or why.  Of course then it would primarily be of academic interest - in terms of the destiny of the wicked.  So out of genuine concern for "the wicked" we should start talking to God now and see how many destinies we may change.

Heavenly Father I pray for all sinners, of whom I am chief.  I confess all my sins to you and pray for a new heart that is filled with the Holy Spirit.  Then use me as you see fit to win many souls for your Kingdom - changing destinies from the dominion of doom, and destruction to the eternal land of liberty and life forevermore. Amen.
Happy Sabbath to all.