What your presence means for your hometown

Genesis Bible Background

01.07.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 18.24–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 18–19 on January 7, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Jesus said to His disciples that they are the salt of the earth, helping to preserve the earth and holding back the time when the Lord finally destroys the earth. To illustrate that, consider Abraham’s pleading for the city of Sodom.

Abraham knew that his nephew and family had gone to Sodom to live there. However, the Lord had determined to destroy the city because of its wickedness, but Abraham asked the Lord if He would destroy the city with the righteous in it,

“Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “…Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous…Suppose there should be forty…Suppose thirty…Suppose twenty…” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten” (Genesis 18.24–32).

The Lord assured Abraham that the city would remain if as little as ten righteous people could be found within it. Ten righteous people could have preserved Sodom and its surrounding cities. Unfortunately only four righteous people could be found, so the Lord destroyed the cities, after removing the four righteous.


  • How many righteous people live in your town?
  • Do you seek righteousness?

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