1 Yahweh appeared to him at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day.
7 Then, running to the herd, Abraham took a fine and tender calf and gave it to the servant, who hurried to prepare it.
10 Then his guest said, ‘I shall come back to you next year, and then your wife Sarah will have a son.’ Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well on in years, and Sarah had ceased to have her monthly periods.
13 But Yahweh asked Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, “Am I really going to have a child now that I am old?”
14 Nothing is impossible for Yahweh. I shall come back to you at the same time next year and Sarah will have a son.’
15 Sarah said, ‘I did not laugh,’ lying because she was afraid. But he replied, ‘Oh yes, you did laugh.’
16 From there the men set out and arrived within sight of Sodom, with Abraham accompanying them to speed them on their way.
17 Now Yahweh had wondered, ‘Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am going to do,
18 as Abraham will become a great and powerful nation and all nations on earth will bless themselves by him?
19 For I have singled him out to command his sons and his family after him to keep the way of Yahweh by doing what is upright and just, so that Yahweh can carry out for Abraham what he has promised him.’
20 Then Yahweh said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin is so grave,
22 While the men left there and went to Sodom, Yahweh remained in Abraham’s presence.
24 Suppose there are fifty upright people in the city. Will you really destroy it? Will you not spare the place for the sake of the fifty upright in it?
26 Yahweh replied, ‘If I find fifty upright people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place because of them.’
30 Abraham said, ‘I hope the Lord will not be angry if I go on: Suppose there are only thirty to be found there?’ ‘I shall not do it,’ he replied, ‘if I find thirty there.’
32 He said, ‘I trust my Lord will not be angry if I speak once more: perhaps there will only be ten.’ ‘I shall not destroy it,’ he replied, ‘for the sake of the ten.’
33 When he had finished talking to Abraham Yahweh went away, and Abraham returned home.
1 When the two angels reached Sodom in the evening, Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. As soon as Lot saw them, he stood up to greet them, and bowed to the ground.
2 ‘My lords,’ he said, ‘please come down to your servant’s house to stay the night and wash your feet. Then you can make an early start on your journey.’ ‘No,’ they said, ‘we shall spend the night in the square.’
5 Calling out to Lot they said, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Send them out to us so that we can have intercourse with them.’
9 But they retorted, ‘Stand back! This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge. Now we shall treat you worse than them.’ Then they forced Lot back and moved forward to break down the door.
10 But the men reached out, pulled Lot back into the house with them, and shut the door.
13 for we are about to destroy this place, since the outcry to Yahweh against those in it has grown so loud that Yahweh has sent us to destroy it.’
14 So Lot went off and spoke to his future sons-in-law who were to marry his daughters. ‘On your feet!’ he said, ‘Leave this place, for Yahweh is about to destroy the city.’ But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15 When dawn broke the angels urged Lot on, ‘To your feet! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.’
16 And as he hesitated, the men seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters — Yahweh being merciful to him — and led him out and left him outside the city.
17 When they had brought him outside, he was told, ‘Flee for your life. Do not look behind you or stop anywhere on the plain. Flee to the hills or you will be swept away.’
18 ‘Oh no, my lord!’ Lot said to them,
19 ‘You have already been very good to your servant and shown me even greater love by saving my life, but I cannot flee to the hills, or disaster will overtake me and I shall die.
21 He replied, ‘I grant you this favour too, and will not overthrow the town you speak of.
23 The sun rose over the horizon just as Lot was entering Zoar.
24 Then Yahweh rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire of his own sending.
27 Next morning, Abraham hurried to the place where he had stood before Yahweh,
29 Thus it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he did not forget Abraham and he rescued Lot from the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities where Lot was living.
30 After leaving Zoar Lot settled in the hill country with his two daughters, for he dared not stay at Zoar. He lived in a cave, he and his two daughters.
34 The next day the elder said to the younger, ‘Last night, I was the one who slept with our father. Let us make him drunk again tonight, and you go and sleep with him. In this way we can preserve the race by our father.’
1 Is not human life on earth just conscript service? Do we not live a hireling’s life?
4 Lying in bed I wonder, ‘When will it be day?’ No sooner up than, ‘When will evening come?’ And crazy thoughts obsess me till twilight falls.
6 Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle my days have passed, and vanished, leaving no hope behind.
7 Remember that my life is but a breath, and that my eyes will never again see joy.
8 The eye that once saw me will look on me no more, your eyes will turn my way, and I shall not be there.
10 ever comes home again, and his house knows that person no more.
11 That is why I cannot keep quiet: in my anguish of spirit I shall speak, in my bitterness of soul I shall complain.
13 If I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will lighten my complaints,’
16 I am wasting away, my life is not unending; leave me then, for my days are but a breath.
21 Can you not tolerate my sin, not overlook my fault? For soon I shall be lying in the dust, you will look for me and I shall be no more.
1 Bildad of Shuah spoke next. He said:
3 Can God deflect the course of right or Shaddai falsify justice?
6 Forthwith his light will shine on you and he will restore an upright man’s house to prosperity.
7 Your former state will seem as nothing to you, so great will your future be.
8 Question the generation that has passed, meditate on the experience of its ancestors-
9 for we children of yesterday, we know nothing, our life on earth passes like a shadow-
10 but they will teach you, they will tell you, and their thought is expressed in these sayings,
13 Such is the fate of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.
14 His hope is nothing but gossamer, his confidence a spider’s web.
15 Let him lean on his house, it will not stand firm; cling to it, it will not hold.
17 but his roots were twined in a heap of stones, he drew his life among the rocks.
20 Believe me, God neither spurns anyone of integrity, nor lends his aid to the evil.
22 Your enemies will be covered with shame and the tent of the wicked will vanish!’
Proverbs 2 [1-5]
1 My child, if you take my words to heart, if you set store by my commandments,
5 then you will understand what the fear of Yahweh is, and discover the knowledge of God.
Thoughts and Reflection
In this reading the Bible gets more interesting. Here we have God destroying a whole city. As to why? To seek justice. God shows us that since there weren’t righteous people living in Sodom, he will seek justice (and not vengeance). For he is a just God. This is one of those instances where the Bible doesn’t tell us what someone or some group did wrong, rather shows us it was the wrong thing to do. As Lot’s daughters have relations with their father, their off-spring later become the enemies of the Israelites.
Later in the book of Job, we have his friends trying to comfort him and try to seek an answer for his suffering. This is true with many friends as they may give you an automatic answer of why something went a particular way. Job still remains confused and sad. He believes that God is just but why is there so much evil in the world and why do good people suffer?
This is a central question I have in my life as well. Why does God allow this to happen to us?
About this Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!