Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 31, 2022

“For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 18:22-33.

“Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD.  Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city;  will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?  Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike.  Far be it from You!  Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?”  So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.”  And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the LORD, although I am but dust and ashes.  Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?”  And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”  He spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose forty are found there?”  And He said, “I will not do it on account of the forty.”  Then he said, “Oh may the LORD not be angry, and I shall speak;  suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”  And he said, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the LORD;  suppose twenty are found there?”  And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the twenty.”  Then he said, “Oh may the LORD not be angry, and I shall speak only this once;  suppose ten are found there?”  And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”  As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.”  Genesis 18:22-33.  

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Indeed, the LORD is just, and He does not treat the righteous and the wicked alike. 

“For the LORD loves justice
And does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.” Psalm 37:28.

“Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 97:10.

The LORD is also patient as today’s Scripture shows and as other Scriptures show.

“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:22-24.  

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9.  This “patience toward you” refers to the elect.  This 2 Peter letter was addressed to the elect:  “…  To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:1-3.    

“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.  But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.  The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?  How then does it have tares?’  And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’  The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’  But he *said, ‘No;  for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Allow both to grow together until the harvest;  and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up;  but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”  Matthew 13:24-30.


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