Texts: Genesis 18:16-32; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13
We already know from last week that the three visitors are—somehow—God. As two of them go on to Sodom and Gomorrah, one stays behind and lets Abraham in on the LORD’s plan. “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” God asks Godself. “No, for I have chosen him… to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice…” the people of the region have raised a “great outcry” against the Cities of the Plain for their sins, and God is headed there to execute justice the way all of Israel’s neighbors understood justice: an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Evil behavior must have retribution, and evil people must be destroyed.