SECTION TWENTY ONE
Genesis 18:16 - 18:33.
The men get up to head toward Sodom.
Abraham goes with them to bring them on the way.
The Lord ponders hiding his intentions concerning Sodom from Abraham since Abraham will become a great nation and always do the Lord’s bidding and command his children to keep the Lord’s way.
The Lord tells Abraham anyway.
The Lord says because Sodom and Gomorrah’s cries are grievous and their sin is great (or vice versa, maybe), he is headed down there to give them what for if they actually do deserve what for which is why he is headed down to judge them.
The three visitors head toward Sodom.
Abraham stands before the Lord and says, “Hold up a minute!”
Abraham asks God if he’ll also destroy the righteous with the wicked.
Abraham asks God a word problem: If there are 50 righteous people in the walls of Sodom, will you still destroy the city and not spare it for the 50 righteous people’s sake?
Abraham tells God how to be God.
God says he will spare the city if he finds 50 righteous people but, you know, don’t hold your breath.
Abraham says, “Look at the size of my balls! I’m dust and ash and I’m questioning God!”
Abraham changes his math question: If the 50 righteous people are lacking 5 righteous people, will you destroy the city due to however many righteous people are left?
God says he will spare the city if he finds 45 righteous people since Sodom is just as likely to not have 45 as 50.
Abraham is on a roll and asks about 40 righteous people.
God says he’ll spare the city for 40 righteous people.
Abraham says, “Don’t get mad but I’ve got another possibility! What about 30?”
God says, “Seriously, there aren’t 30 righteous people there, so, yeah, I’ll agree to that.”
Abraham says, “Look at me talking to God!”
Abraham wonders if God would leave the city alone if he found 20 righteous people.
God says, “Yes, yes. I’ll save it if I find twenty.”
Abraham snaps his fingers at the logical mind trap he’s set for God and nails him with his final question: “This is my final question! What if you found only ten righteous people?”
God says, “Sure, no problem. If I find ten righteous people, I will not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. But, seriously, you can hear them rutting from here!”
God goes away and Abraham returns to his place.
Question God and Religion!
Why does God ponder hiding his intentions from Abraham? He intimates it is because Abraham is so Godly and Just. Do you think he was just trying to avoid the twenty questions game he ends up having with Abraham? Is Abraham too just even for God who likes to throw lots of babies out with their bath water?
Who are the three men traveling with God? It would be nice if God would introduce them to Abraham. Maybe they’re Health Inspectors?