Scripture: Genesis 18:17-19
“Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 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.”
You know that God doesn’t tell us everything, right? He doesn’t have to. And there are plenty of things that are better for God to keep hidden, such as when you’re going to die or when Christ will return. It’s better for us to live in constant preparation for those days.
In this passage, God questions whether or not to tell Abraham about what He going to do to Sodom and Gomorrah. He decides to tell Abraham because He wanted to reveal His nature to Abraham and teach him. He said that Abraham was going “direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just,” so God told Him what He was going to do to demonstrate His righteousness and justice.
God has also told us what He’s going to do when He shows His righteousness and justice by punishing sinners at the time of judgment. It teaches us about Him and serves as a warning for us to do “what is right and just.” For all our talk of God’s grace, let us not forget that His righteousness and justice demand that sin be punished. We need to take sin seriously because God certainly does.
He is gracious and merciful, but He tells Abraham what He’s going to do to Sodom and Gomorrah to show that He won’t tolerate sin.
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