Genesis 18:22–33 (ESV)
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
22 So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed
sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far
be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” 26 And
the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Abraham answered and said, “Behold,
I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will
not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29 Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” 30 Then
he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have
undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “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.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham,
and Abraham returned to his place.
Many people look at today’s reading and say you can negotiate with God and this passage is proof. I must admit
that it sounds like Abraham is haggling with God and is negotiating a deal. But I am going to say this is not what it appears. I know I am giving away the next reading, but God said he was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and he did. He
wasn’t negotiating with Abraham because God already knew that there was none there that were righteous. He said he was going to destroy it and he in fact does. God is God and he already knows the hearts of the people.
I pray: O Lord, you know our hearts, what we need, and what we don’t need. Help me to trust your omniscience power. Amen.