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A Window of Mercy

A window of mercy

Abraham was a man loved by God and a friend of God. When God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, He informed Abraham (His friend). After many negotiations in prayer, God agreed that He will spare Sodom and Gomorrah if He finds ten righteous people in that land. Unfortunately, ten righteous people were not found in Sodom and Gomorrah as It was a city immersed in all sorts of lewdness and immorality. The sinfulness of the city did not spare both young and old, morality and the right sense of reasoning were missing among the inhabitants of that city.

God sent His Angels in the form of men to execute judgment on the land.  Lot met and welcomed the Angels (who appeared in the form of men) at the gate and pleaded to host them in his house, they obliged Lot’s request. However, the men of Sodom and Gomorrah had other ideas, they have defiled themselves so much with the residents of the city that they needed to fumble with strangers (the Angels); for them, it was time to explore other humans from other races and tribes not minding what they believed.

Lot ignorantly pleaded with the men of Sodom to defile his virgin daughters who had kept their chastity until that time rather than defiling his guests. Lot’s appeal however fell on deaf ears of the sodomites, they have had so much in their practice of defilement that young virgins wouldn’t appease their lust anymore. They were ready to pounce on Lot and his guests at all costs, they flocked around and ambushed the innocent man’s (Lot’s) building; then, the angels used their arms of divinity to pull Lot into the house, locked the door, and gifted the unrepentant defilers with blindness.

Adamantly, these men of Sodom kept searching for the door in their blind state because of their affinity for sensuality, not knowing that it was time-up for a nation that invented and institutionalized immorality; heaven’s curtain on the land was about to be drawn down. The angels were sent to save Lot and his family, even though Sodom and Gomorrah had failed the ten people test for salvation and redemption.

It was most amazing that even though Lot and his family were the only adjudged or assumed righteous men in Sodom, God through His Angels extended a hand of mercy for Lot to get his son-in-law, sons, and daughters (Genesis 19 vs 12 NKJV – Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place).

For clarity purposes, the son-in-law referred to were in the process of getting married to Lot’s daughters as the bible told us earlier that Lot’s daughters were virgins (Genesis 19 vs 8 NKJV – See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man…). Even though they were not fully Lot’s sons-in-law by marriage, a window of mercy was opened for them to be saved from the impending destruction by fire coming upon the land of Sodom and Gomorrah.

We do not have any record in the Scriptures that Lot had any son; however, the sons and daughters mentioned in Genesis 19 vs 12 were people Lot had a relationship with either by influence, by mentorship, by advice and what have you? These are people that can address him as a father even though they are not biologically affiliated with him. These people could have been among those who were spared from God’s wrath by a window of mercy but unfortunately, they denied Lot’s cry for them to escape the imminent destruction coming on Sodom and Gomorrah and were apparently destroyed by God’s raging holy fire.

Today as Children of God, we have people around us that have not known about God’s salvation plan for them, and they are our “sons and daughters” – they are people in our cycle of influence. We must tell them about the love of Jesus and the wrath of God that will come on those who refuse to accept God’s offer of salvation for mankind.

We must show them the way to escape from the evils of this world. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah, the world today is plagued with all forms of immorality and evils but the cheering news for all is that there is a window of mercy opened to all who will come to Jesus today.

You can escape, you will escape, and You must escape

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen

by Ndubuisi Paul Okafor.

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