Genesis 18 recounts Abraham's dinner with the Lord and His two heavenly messengers, who were about to be dispatched on their mission to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. As dinner wraps up, God pauses to let Abraham in on the plan.
What prompted God to honor Abraham and bring him into His counsel, not only to confide in him but to engage him in a frank conversation about the future of these cities? Verses 18 and 19 hold the answers.
God had promised Abraham a future as a great nation that would bless all other nations. Despite his past failures, God said He knew Abraham would lead his home well: "He will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment."
Biblical commentator Matthew Henry describes how he believes Abraham led his home. "He not only prayed with his family, but he taught them as a man of knowledge, nay, he commanded them as a man in authority..."
Is there a lesson here in Abraham's close encounter with God for fathers whose passion is to see sinners saved from destruction and leave their mark on the world? Absolutely.
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