Summary: Abraham was the great intercessor of the Bible. This prayer of his for Sodom is the first intercessory prayer of the Bible, and it is one of the most remarkable prayers in all the Bible. An intercessor is one who pleads with God on behalf of others.
What comes down from the heavens has a big effect on the
values of real estate. Take what happened in Stillwater in
1852 for example. Jacob Fisher, who was a surveyor, had
found a small stream called Brown's Creek in back of the
town. He dammed it up and made a lake, and he ran the
water down the hill to power a saw mill. John McKusick
bought the whole operation and had a great business. But
then came May of 1852. It had been raining for many days
and people were just sick of it. It would not stop, and the
soil on the bluffs over looking the town could not absorb
anymore. On May 14 the people heard a rumbling and a
roar as a great chuck of the hill came crashing down. It
covered trees and buildings. It buried barns and shops and
everything along the water front.
Fortunately the hill came down where the land was low ,boggy,
and worthless. John McKusick would have sold it for
a $1.25 and acre. Now he felt he was ruined, for his mill was
covered along with the 5 acres that the avalanche buried.
For several days he lamented the disaster of almost 20 feet of
mud that entombed his mill. But when it dried up he found
that he owned 5 acres of new land by the rivers edge. It was
excellent land for business purposes. The land slide
converted his swamp into usable land, and he began selling it
for five hundred dollars an acre. Much of the present
business area of Stillwater is now located on this land that
was created by rain from heaven.
The flip side of this is Sodom and Gomorrah where the
heavens rained down burning sulfur, and real estate values
fell to zero. The land became so totally worthless that it
became the symbol of God's worst judgment for the rest of
history. To be like Sodom and Gomorrah was to be hell
bound. They were so completely devastated that to this day
nobody knows for sure where this real estate is. What the
heavens rain down can do wondrous things to the real estate
of this world, and to the people who live on that real estate.
That is why any influence we can have on the God who
controls what falls from the sky can make a big difference in
Abraham was just such a man, for he could move the
God who moved the forces of nature. Abraham was the
great intercessor of the Bible. This prayer of his for Sodom
is the first intercessory prayer of the Bible, and it is one of
the most remarkable prayers in all the Bible. An intercessor
is one who pleads with God on behalf of others. Much
prayer is seeking God's gifts and guidance for your own life,
but the intercessor seeks them for the life of others. In the
case we are looking at the others are people who deserve
judgment. They are so godless they would laugh Abraham
to scorn if they knew he was pleading for them. But we still
see Abraham pleading on their behalf, and we can learn
some important truths about interceding from Abraham.
The first is-
I. THE INTERCESSOR IMPRESSES GOD.
It is impressive to see just how impressed God was with
the fact that Abraham cared enough about these godless
people to plead for them. God is very impressed with people
who care about other people enough to pray for them.
There are many people in the world who never get a chance
to experience the mercy of God and get a second chance. It
is because there is no person who intercedes on their behalf.
The Bible reveals that if nobody cares about people who are
going to be judged, they are judged. But if someone cares
enough to intercede for them, God is impressed with that
love and compassion, and He will be open to compromise.
This sounds like heresy doesn't it? God compromising!
Yet, that is precisely what we see God doing because of
Abraham's intercession. Abraham is bargaining with God.
He starts with the plea that if there are 50 righteous people
in Sodom that God spare the city for those 50. God agrees
that this is fair enough. Abraham is immediately aware that
he may have been too optimistic. Sodom was a hell hole and
how could he expect there to be 50 people unspotted by such
corruption? He became a rapid realist and knew he had to
convinced God to come down from this original agreement.
Abraham is very clever and he uses the argument of
triviality to get God to lower the number required to spare
the city. "What is 5 people less than 50? Certainly you