And the Lord said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
– Genesis 18:20-21 NASB
Like yesterday’s meditation, today’s is an Old Testament passage in which we can see the coming of the Lord Jesus foreshadowed.
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah for their sinfulness was certainly a historical event. It occurred during the time of Abraham, whose nephew Lot lived there. Because of Abraham’s faith, God provided deliverance for Lot and his family at the time of the destruction. However, none of this historicity prevents the incident from also prefiguring Christ’s mission to earth.
As for this foreshadowing, note that it is “the Lord” speaking – the Lord who eventually came to earth in order to walk among us…as one of us. As the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah reached His ears in heaven, surely the outcry of the whole earth reached His ears as well. If He could hear the racket being made by these cities, He could hear the racket being made by all cities.
The world indeed is a Sodom. Do you need more proof than to look around you? It’s “outcry” is “indeed great” and our sin is “exceedingly grave.” In response, the Lord said, “I will go down.” He was going to see for Himself – up close – if its sin was as great as all that. The Lord would see for Himself.
Alas, the Lord found out all too well – all too personally – that the Sodom that is the world is indeed a sinful place. As the Sodomites sought to harm the angels who were sent to deliver Lot, so the Jews and the Gentiles conspired to do harm to the Lord Himself. The angels protected themselves but the Lord let humanity have its way with Him. It was awful. Yet, He rose from the dead, having made His point – that good overcomes evil, that love “does not take into account a wrong suffered” and “endures all things.”
Destruction comes to the earth, but the Lord and His love prevail.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, the earth must surely be like a Sodom to someone as pure as You, but who is as pure as You? Help me purify my heart and make Your trip to earth worthwhile insofar as I am concerned…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.