Genesis 18:32-33 NLT, ‘‘Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” When the LORD had finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way, and Abraham returned to his tent.’’
Abraham understood God’s concerns and petitioned for judgement to be withheld if 50 people lived righteously. In those days, a large metropolis would have a population of 500-700 people (1). Abraham was thinking of the tithe. He asked God to consider refraining judgement if 10 percent of the population were found righteous (Saving Lot).
This is not the first time Abraham used the principle of the tithe. He gave Melchizedek a tithe when he conquered King Kedorlaomer who had imprisoned Lot and the people of Sodom in Genesis 14. Abraham understood that the tithe was a representation of what belonged to God (The Tithe). In essence, he dedicated the people of Sodom to God with his tithe.
God agreed to this prospect. It is my personal belief that the Holy Spirit prompted Abraham to continue petitioning with God. When Abraham reached the number 10, which is a number that represents the tithe, he stopped. He realized there had to be a fruit of repentance because God had already demonstrated great mercy towards Sodom in the past. God’s mercy is great, but when He plants seeds of mercy, He expects to reap a crop of repentance.
Ezekiel 22:30 NLT, “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one."
When God shows up, He expects to find His Church pleading their case for the people who 1) need to know His mercy and 2) are righteous so they can be spared from calamity.
This concludes the series ‘When God Shows Up’. We hope it was a blessing to you. Next blog, Friday the 22nd, we will begin our study of Genesis 19 with our new series, 'Men and Angels'.
Father, give me the grace to pray for those who are lost so they may come to know You. Give me the grace to pray for the protection of the righteous. As You look for people on the earth, You will find me willing and ready to stand in the gap of the wall so the land won’t have to be destroyed. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I am willing and ready to pray for those who need to know God.
I am willing and ready to pray for the protection of the righteous.
God gives me the grace to pray at all times.
Allot a time everyday that is specifically for prayer.