Genesis 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.

We come to realise a very hard reality, that an entire city, country or generation could be in rebellion to the ways of God. It sounds like the worst-case scenario, but the story of Sodom relays the real possibility of its occurrence.

While this sits as the main issue of concern, one can’t help but marvel at the haggling skills of Abraham in the text today. It is easy to say he was a ‘pro’ at it. Even more importantly, this was no mere haggling over money, there were souls on the line. He somehow managed to negotiate his way from a high of 50 to a low of 10. That was an 80% reduction, and achieving this discount would definitely count as a bargain.

With the degree of engagement, it is fair to suggest the God would have agreed if Abraham had proposed the presence of an even lower number of righteous people to save Sodom from destruction. The reason is this: “no matter how desperate Abraham was in his intercession and negotiation, God would have been even more desperate for it was His own creation on the line.”

Often, we attribute judgement to God to a degree that His compassion, love and mercy is pushed aside. Which person intent on destruction would be so desperate to agree “any reason” to avoid destroying? Beloved, the steadfast love of the Lord really never ceases, and His mercies truly never come to an end. In the justice of God, there is system of love, mercy and compassion that makes room for our return even when we stray. That is a dimension in God we ought not to lose sight of.


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