The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah can feel like an odd interlude in the midst of Abraham’s narrative. But God decided to tell Abraham about what was going to happen in Sodom and Gomorrah because Abraham was the one He had chosen to bring blessing to the world (18:18). Destroying Sodom and Gomorrah was simultaneously God’s just punishment for sin, and opportunity for Abraham to be a blessing, and a protection for Abraham’s family, as God removed such evil in close proximity to them.
But there was perhaps another reason for this account. God destroyed the entire cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, yet he spared one man, Lot, and his family. Lot reminds us of another one who was spared God’s judgment: Noah. And like Noah, the message of Lot’s salvation from destruction is one of grace. God saved Lot by grace. God saved Noah by grace. God was working in and through Abraham by grace. And God does the same for us—we are saved and used by God through grace alone.
How has God been gracious to you this past week?