Bible Study Day 2: Ten Good Men

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Genesis 15 – 28

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Genesis 25:32 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.”

God had appeared to Abraham and partook in a meal with him. Afterwards He made Abraham privy to his plans to annihilate Sodom and Gomorrah. This is when Abraham pleads with God beginning with asking if merely 50 good men live in the town to spare the city. God agrees to spare the city for the sake of 50 good men and Abraham negotiates from 50 to 45 and so on until he gets to 10 good men, and God agrees to spare the city for the sake of 10 good men and we all know what happens next.

Sodom’s sin has been the subject of much interest and specifically what was so bad about these towns that God found it just to wipe them off the face of the earth. A common idea is that when God sends His two angel the men of the town were seeking to rape them, but we must remember God had already decided to destroy Sodom and perhaps this was just further confirmation. In Ezekiel 16 we read “49 Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. 50 She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen.” This provides us with more insight as to what Sodom and Gomorrah had become and it makes me wonder how far away are we from it. Sure as a nation, but more importantly as a person.

Thomas Jefferson, when denouncing slavery in 1785 wrote, “…God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.” This may be the situation we find ourselves in, how far can one person actually go. Making the wrong decision is hard the first time, but it gets easier and easier. The way you get rich is the same way you go broke, and the way you lose yourself is also the same way you’ll find yourself, slowly at first and then all at once. Sodom and Gomorrah were lost, and not in the if you don’t have God you don’t have meaning type of lost, but the type of lost that takes away from your humanity where the only thing that separates you from a chimp are opposable thumbs.

These people were doing what they want, however, whenever, and with whoever. And sure perhaps this may be the ideal essence of freedom, but it’s also the fertile ground for aimlessness. This is not to say you need God to find meaning in your life because you don’t, people can find it in their loved ones, their careers, and work in philanthropy or charity. Where God comes in is when He utterly rejects your biological desire to do something. The idea that feelings justify actions and because perhaps you feel like doing something that gives you license to succumb to that action when it doesn’t.

Some of these actions in themselves don’t harm other people sure, but it eats away at our judgment and feeds our monkey brain to the point where we look at consequences as just matter of fact. This is the life long internal struggle between our mind and the body it’s in, to reject most biological desires that have little to no consequences to other people, but our minds suffer that brunt of it. The body craves all the pleasures of the world that the mind also experiences, but the mind must discern which pleasures are good and which are destructive. The more the mind convinces itself that destructive pleasures are good, the faster we arrive to even more destructive behavior. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed long before the two angels arrived.

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