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Sodom and Gomorrah

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Sodom and Gomorrah

"Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good." (Ezekiel 16:49,50)

The words Sodom and Gomorrah mean any location known for vice and corruption or a wicked or depraved place.# Sodom was called the chief city of the "five cities of the plain," which are Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities with blatant sexual immorality, promiscuity, violence and open self-indulgence. For these sins and the wickedness of these cities, God rained down his judgment upon them.

In Genesis 18, we read that the Lord Jesus himself, along with two angels, appeared unto Abraham. As they conversed with Abraham, they made it apparent that they had come for a purpose. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah had become very grievous.# The long-suffering of the Lord had been about exhausted in their case, and the time of the judgment was drawing nigh.

These cities had seen the power of the Lord. They had been delivered from a terrible fate at the hand of the kings of the East through Abraham's rescue, and at the same instance had heard the testimony of Melchizedek. God had given them a special opportunity to know Him, and they had rejected Him and fallen into even grosser wickedness than before.

"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." (Genesis 18:20-22)

As Abraham walked with the men towards Sodom, the Lord revealed the purpose of His visit. He tells him of the...

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