Summary: In the conversation Abraham had with the Lord before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, we see the compassion that both Abraham and God had for people.
Let’s Make A Deal
Genesis 18:16-33 (NLT)
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Intro: A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out.
A subjective person came along and said, "I feel for you down there."
An objective person walked by and said, "It’s logical that someone would fall down there."
A Pharisee said, "Only bad people fall into pits."
A mathematician calculated how deep the pit was.
A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on the pit.
An IRS agent asked if he was paying taxes on the pit.
A self-pitying person said, "You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit."
A fire-and-brimstone preacher said, "You deserve your pit."
A Christian Scientist observed, "The pit is just in your mind."
A psychologist noted, "Your mother and father are to blame for your being in that pit."
A self-esteem therapist said, "Believe in yourself and you can get out of that pit."
An optimist said, "Things could be worse."
A pessimist claimed, "Things will get worse."
"Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit."
.Compassion, many people have it don’t they?
. Did you know that there are two different compassions?
. There is worldly compassion and there is Christian compassion.
. Worldly compassion is caring for people. For their health and welfare. Their needs physically and psychologically.
. Christian compassion is all of that plus the concern for their souls. Christians are called to be worldly compassionate people who also care for people’s souls and their eternity.
. The church has fallen into the model of worldly compassionate people. We strive to meet the physical needs of people while many times neglecting the spiritual needs.
. We make the statement that people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.
. That is a true statement but many times we stop right there. We show compassion for their needs but never address their spiritual needs.
. Folks we are called to be compassionate, to love others unconditionally. That’s what God’s love is. An unconditional love. It seems that many have confined this love to a physical concept and neglected the spiritual.
. Not only must we have a heart for people, we must have a heart for peoples souls.
. We are back in Genesis this morning and we are still learning about Abraham and his relationship to and with God.
. It has been about a month since we have looked at Abraham and Sarah so let me bring us up to date here in chapter 18.
. The Lord and two angels have visited Abraham and Sarah and have again confirmed the covenant that God had made with Abraham that he would be the father of a mighty nation.
. That nation will become known as the Jewish nation.
. They have dined with Abraham and had fellowshipped together and they Lord is about to leave and we get to our scripture.
. Many times when we explore this scripture we see it as God’s righteous judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
. If we look a little closer though, we also see a man with a heart for souls. A man with a missionary heart.