Genesis 18:16-33 God discussed
16 Then the
men rose from there and looked toward
22 Then the
men turned away from there and went toward
The men rose and went toward
Y As they walked, Yehowah said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” The Almighty does nothing without first revealing His secrets to His servants the prophets, [see Amos 3:7; Job 24:1; Psalms 25:14]
Y Here we see that it is God Himself identified by His own revealed name Yehowah, Who was talking with Abraham as a man talks with a friend.
Y This tells Abraham that God is on a mission after He leaves Abraham and He puts it in the first person as He says, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing?”
Yet the ones who arrived in
Y Here God reconfirms His friendship with Abraham and His original promise to Abraham when He called Abram out of the land of the Chaldeans. [Genesis 12:1-3] And demonstrates the extra exalted blessing that the promise entails. Confirming that Abraham will be; a mighty nation, and one whose descendant will be a blessing for all the nations of the earth.
Y Then God gives His reason for choosing Abraham, which is; “For I know him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yehowah to do righteousness and justice.”
This is the most important thing a person and a nation should strive for after first acknowledging that God is God and we must strive to please Him in righteousness, justice, and mercy. This is the thing Jesus required of the Pharisees who placed themselves as religious leaders of their time. [Matthew 6:23; 23:23]
These are also two ingredients that are swiftly losing their place in the judicial system of the United States of America of today and especially in the US Supreme Court, as judges are appointed who lack a firm commitment to the righteous laws that God gave to Israel and they are even attempting to remove the knowledge of God from public attention.
This is evident in the present war attempting to remove the monuments and plaques bearing the “Ten Commandments” from all public and governmental buildings and places. Not to mention all the other laws forbidding the things that our government has made legal that are clearly and blatantly defiant against the Laws of God.
Y Then God demonstrated the contingency of His promises to Abraham which tie the promises to the obedience of the people involved, when He says; “That Yehowah may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”
After confirming His relationship with Abraham,
then God told Abraham what His mission was besides confirming the expectation
of a son by Sarah. So God told Abraham
about the wickedness of
Y Here again God spoke in the first person, “I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me, and if not, I will know.”
Notice here that it is Yehowah Who is talking to Abraham and saying, “I will go down and see,” and at this point the other two “men” go on toward Sodom, and when they arrive it is still only the two Who left as Yehowah was talking to Abraham but they speak in the first person as if they are Yehowah.
Abraham knows that Lot is in the city of
Beginning at fifty which would be a drop in the
number of people who had gone with Lot to
Y Yehowah said, “If I find ten righteous people there I will not destroy the place for the sake of the ten.” The Holy One will pardon the one who executes judgment and seeks truth. [Jeremiah 5:1]
God still says, "Say to them: 'As I live,'
says the Lord GOD,
'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from
his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of
Y When Yehowah finished speaking with Abraham, He went His way and Abraham returned to his place. However the third person Who had stayed behind and was talking with Abraham and was identified as Yehowah, did not show up in Sodom, but only the two who left as Yehowah was still talking to Abraham.
Still, the two Who