You rarely see people contort themselves pretzel-like as they do when they try to make scripture–and God–more palatable to modern-day sensitivities. And this is the case with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. So let’s talk about that time when God rained fire down and wiped out these cities from the face of the earth.
So many times, we fall back on the belief that we are only human made of dust and ashes and what CAN we do, what positive change, what impact can mere mortals do in the face of overwhelming odds? In this passage, wouldn’t it have been the human thing to do to leave it “in God’s hands” because “God’s ways are far higher and whatever will be will be?” We can’t miss the persistence in Abraham’s intercession, and I believe God was pleased–not affronted–when Abraham approached him and interceded.
In this episode we talk about identity crisis and how in Genesis 17 Abram became Abraham and Sarai, Sarah. What’s the deal with the name changes? What does that mean for us? This week we also feature Sweet Almond carrier oil.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.