For The Sake Of Ten Righteous Persons, I Will Spare the City

“Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there. He answered, ‘For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.’” (Genesis 18:32)

There are many in our society today who have sold their souls already to evil and regardless of how much you preach, they aren’t ready to repent. This is the story of the towns called Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Genesis 19:4 onwards, we read about how the men of the city gathered around the house of Lot demanding that he should release the men in his house so that they can have carnal knowledge of them.

The Apostle Jude says: “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. Yet in like manner these men in their dreaming defile the flesh, reject authority, and revile the glorious ones.” (Jude 1:7-8).

Abraham did all he could to negotiate for Sodom and Gomorrah and it was interesting to note that Lord was willing to spare the entire city if up to ten righteous persons could be found in the city.

This reminds me again of the rice and salt proverb. Only a little quantity of salt is required to cook a whole pot of rice. If the quantity of salt is too small, the whole pot of rice would be tasteless. A whole city can be destroyed because there are not enough good people who are genuine Christians.

To the man who wanted to follow Jesus, Jesus said: “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head because people prefer darkness to light. Why not give Jesus a space to lay His head and reign? Why not be among the ten righteous persons for which our nation would be spared of disaster?

Jesus said: “Leave the dead to bury their own dead.” For those not willing to repent, they are living dead. You cannot kill yourself for their sake. The best way to preach to them is to be good, you start shining. Be the best version of you. Be the salt that will make the entire pot of rice sweet.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to respond positively to your call every day. Amen.

Bible Study: Genesis 18:16-33, Psalm 103 and Matthew 8:18-22).

Fr. Abu

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