Two Sides of the Same God
January 07, 2020: SOAP #3687: Genesis 18-19; Psalm 3; Luke 7
Scripture: Genesis (NIV)18:26 The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city ofSodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord notbe angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be foundthere?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroyit.”
Observation: What an amazing portrait is here presented ofGod. His Holiness is so dominant that He personally comes to inspect what hehas heard about the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet, just as strong is His love. Mercy radiates from this passage. Not once did God hesitate in respondingfavorably to Abraham's request to spare Sodom. The only hesitation we see is on Abraham's part in asking.
In reading further we soon see that the only two girls escaping Sodom wereLot's daughters, who then got their father drunk and became impregnated fromhim. The Moabites and Ammonites descendedfrom these two incestuous relationships and were the greatest hinderances toIsrael. The question that comes to mymind is, what if every (or most) daughter(s) in Sodom would have had suchoffspring?
Yet God, in His great love for the righteous, would have spared the whole cityif just 10 righteous had been found!
Application: God cannotescape His holiness, yet He longs to be merciful. He cannot ignore the destructiveness ofsin. Holiness demands retribution even from God'sfavorite creation. Yet He longs to bemerciful, even to the point of sending His own Son to pay the price for man's restoration!!! God'slove sends His Son; God's holiness demands His death! The cross perfectly displays God's love andGod's holiness!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your holiness set theboundary. Your love reached beyond thatboundary and with great wisdom found a way to justify those you love and drawthem back within that boundary to yourself! It is AMAZING! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!