Monday, January 7, 2008

How many righteous people?

I am very intrigued by today's reading in Genesis about Abraham apparently negotiating with God for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The gist of the story is that the Lord promises not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if there are 50 righteous people left, then it is 45 then 40 then 30 then 20 and finally 10. The Lord will not destroy the city if there are only 10 righteous people left.

Question: what does it mean to be righteous? What does it mean for a Christ follower to be righteous? (Hint: it is not by our works that we are made righteous but by the work of Jesus).

The really scary part of the story is that there are NOT 10 righteous people in the city. Under rather bleak circumstances, Lot and his family have to flee for their lives. And the cities on the plain are lost.

Who would bargain for our cities? Who bargains for our lives?

The price of our righteousness was a great price indeed. The price of our right standing with God was the death and resurrection of Jesus. He stands as our "Advocate". He alone stands in our place.


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