In Genesis 18:16-33, Abraham intercedes for the righteous of Sodom. Notice Abraham’s words (and attitude) as he spoke to the Lord in vs. 27, 30, 32.
Verse 27 – Abraham said, Behold now, I, which am but dust and ashes, have taken upon me to speak to the Lord.
Verse 30 – Abraham said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak…
Verse 32 – And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once…
What is Abraham’s attitude?
Humility, deference to an authority. He knows who is in authority and who has the power.
In verse 33, after Abraham pleaded his case, he left it in God’s hands. He didn’t trail after God pleading naggingly.
I think this exchange can be an example to us when we deal with our authorities.
When we approach our authorities we should plead our case and then leave it in their hands.
When your approach your boss on the job – I know I am only a clerk and you are the president of the company, but I have a suggestion I hope you will consider. Please don’t be angry, but may I also state… Then leave the decision in the hands of the authority.
Who are some of our authorities? Your boss, your parents, your government officials, your pastor, your husband
1 Timothy 5:1 (KJV) Do not rebuke an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren.
Originally, Abraham asked God to spare the city if He found fifty righteous. After His talk with Abraham, God said He would spare the city if He found ten righteous.
God is omniscience. He knows everything. He sees everything. He knows the beginning and the end. While God was listening to Abraham’s pleas for the righteous of Sodom, He already knew that He wouldn’t find ten righteous in the city. But He also knew Abraham’s true concerns. Abraham wasn’t asking that the wicked be saved for their own sake. He was asking would God destroy the righteous with the wicked in the destruction of the city. His concern was for the righteous. What righteous person did he know in Sodom? Lot. You know the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Even though God didn’t find ten righteous and even though He destroyed the city, He did consider Abraham’s pleas. He saved Lot.
And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt. (Genesis 19:29)