“For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.”
God had heard about the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah and was about to act.
When sinful behavior is not punished immediately, some think that it must be acceptable (Ecclesiastes 8:11). But God clearly says that judgment will come, even for evil things done in secret (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
God had heard, had seen and now had made the righteous judgment to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He chose to destroy these cities for at least two important reasons:
- The entire cities were corrupt. If everyone was destroyed, then that lifestyle would not be taught to their children and future generations. In an instant, the problem would end. God will resurrect the inhabitants of Sodom and give them an opportunity to repent (Matthew 10:15).
- This would be an example to the rest of mankind (Jude 1:7; 2 Peter 2:6). Our need to fear God is emphasized by what happened to those who openly mocked Him.
Most of the world today has become corrupt. And God has warned the world about a coming judgment if people do not repent of their sins.
Just as destruction by fire and brimstone was God’s righteous judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah, the prophesied events of the Day of the Lord will be God’s righteous judgment on this present world.
To learn more about how God will deal with sinful humanity in the end time, read our article “What Is the Day of the Lord?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Don’t Look Back!”