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Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”Genesis 18:32
I cannot get over Abraham. It’s the sort of boldness and persistence that I would figure was inappropriate. And I would be wrong. It makes timidity seem downright offensive, if not foolish. God has told him what He is going to do, and Abraham seems to figure that if God is telling him this sort of thing, then He must be open to input and negotiation. It’s a startlingly different view of God’s will, and Abraham is brazen about it. He even knows he is being bold as he is speaking.
Have you ever dealt with our Father like this? Our Father has told us He is going to judge the world, and it seems like He is on His way to do it. If His sons and daughters will plead for cities and countries, for whole nations and generations, then who knows what He will do? Perhaps He will give us such a blessing that we will not be able to contain it all. Perhaps He will come as a judge, but the truth here is this: our brazen negotiation will always be heard and considered by our Father in heaven.