In the last post, I gave an example from Genesis 18: 9, 10 that showed that one member of the God family speaks unanimously for all the others. Did you find the other examples of this pattern in Genesis 18?
Let me show you what I found:
a. In Genesis 18: 13-15, the LORD spoke, rebuking Sarah for laughing at the promise that she would have a son.
b. Genesis 18: 13 – 15 shows that the word LORD refers to the three men who visited Abraham. However, one spoke in the first person on behalf of the others (they did not need to say the same thing three times):
“And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?”
c. This example from Genesis 18: 20 – 22 is one of the most fascinating in the account. One member of the God family, speaking in the first person, and behalf of the others, told Abraham that they were about to destroy the cities of the plain. The LORD said, “I will go down, and see…” Two of the men went on their journey, but Abraham stood before the LORD. Which member of the God family was He? We do not know because their names were not given:
“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
“I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.”
d. Another very fascinting part of the account that shows the agreement in the God family is revealed in Genesis 18: 22-33. These verses show that one member of the God family stayed with Abraham stayed as he interceded for the cities in order to save his nephew Lot. He pleaded for mercy if as few as ten righteous persons could be found there. The LORD listened to him and promised to spare them if even ten righteous persons lived there. The Lord knew, however, that this was not the case.
The Lord did not have a cell phone to call the remaining two persons called LORD to tell them about Abraham’s intercession. They heard because the text already showed us that they all could hear the contents and thoughts of the human spirit. The LORD was able to listen to his prayer because they are spiritual beings and do not need to be physically present in order to do so. Even more so, they knew that the plan to destroy the cities would be executed since less than 10 righteous people lived there (NB Peter called Lot a righteous man in 2 Peter 2: 7).
e. Genesis 18: 33 says that the LORD went His way at the end of Abraham’s prayer. Here is the fascinating truth – Genesis 19: 1 begins with the words:
“And there came two angels to Sodom at even…”
Now that is another story. Can you see the truth? The other two members of the God family continued their journey and entered Sodom in the form of angels (who looked like men). Why did they do so? God wants us to know that He can change form and that angels can destroy.
This is blowing my mind again. Got to go. The Lord bless and keep you.
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