Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sodom and Gomorah

Over the past weeek or so the Hurricane Katrina has been a dominating factor in the news. Through all of the news reports one bible story has stuck out in my mind. Sodom and Gomorah. In the Bible God destroyed the two cities because of the wickedness. The lord said if he could even find ten righteous people in the cities he would spare them all. But even then He could not find that many. But there was one who was lot and his family. Here is the scripture which is found in Genesis 18.

27Abraham answered and said, "Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?" And he said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there." 29Again he spoke to him and said, "Suppose forty are found there." He answered, "For the sake of forty I will not do it." 30Then he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there." He answered, "I will not do it, if I find thirty there." 31He said, "Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there." He answered, "For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it." 32Then he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there." He answered, "For the sake of ten I will not destroy it." 33And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

Now to the reason that I think that the hurricane is like Sodom and Gomorah. Well, I don't know how much you know about New Orleans but I know that it was a very sinful city, they would smoke and sell drugs right on the busiest streets right in front of the cops. You name it it was there. It was just like New Orleans. I know that not everybody was killed like in Sodom and Gomorah, but alot were. This is found in Genesis 19.

23The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven. 25And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.


The Crook said...

New Orleans is also known for their annual Mardis Gras celebration, which is a very dangerous time in terms of tempatation, and in the physical aspect. Interesting thoughts man,keep up the good work.

orangelugster said...

Good thoughts and I like the Scripture integration.

mijah said...

An important thing to consider here is that there were righteous people living in New Orleans when the hurricane swept through. There is a great seminary down there and plenty of great churches. I see your point and it would seem to be reasonable that God would judge the city, but why didn't almost destory Las Vegas or some other completely corrupt city? I know its a tough issue, but lets not be so ready to jump on the judgement bandwagon. What would you tell the godly congregation who has just lost all of their homes and their church building? That was judging them? I recognize also that righteous people are sometimes affected by the judgement on the wicked, so you have to throw that into the equation. Good thoughts though, keep thinking about it. I love you.

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theGracegirl said...

Nathaniel, that is interesting. Last sunday in the twos & threes class, Mr. Ronk taught on Sodom & Gomorrah. Obviously, you can't tell a three year old the full version, but he did really well--it was really understandable for them. But wow, I had read your blog before that, and I thought it was interesting timing.

I just thought I'd tell you about that.