Monday AM Daah and I read Gen. 18. We spied tons of Biblical themes connected with other Bible passages (not “parallel” as with the Gospels but cross reference complimentary passages). Here are a few interesting ones.
- It was not the evil citizens, but the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that were crying out to God. They wanted nothing to do with Him for sure. One Thai version uses fongv-rongv. Fongv alone is used for ‘to sue as in a court case’ and Rongv means ‘to cry or sing’. It appears that the location of those twin cities was suing the evil people who had tromped on it. The land had come before the presence of God the judge (as in Job) to cry for help. Abel’s blood too cried out to God from the ground: Justice, retribution, salvation! How is the environment accusing our generation?
- Abe begged God to la’wen ‘leave out’ those ancient twin cities from destruction if there were good guys there. What happened was a form of Passover. God once again saved His own people. I never use the term Pasakaan (noun used in most Thai versions) for Passover, because it has no meaning for me, even in English. I see Paschal (an adjective) as a language foreign to English (Hebrew, Latin). In Thai, I prefer (Thesaskan) Phan Wen ‘Literally: (holiday celebration) of passing by or omitting a turn or a section of a regular schedule’. It simply means “Passover”. This gives us hope of salvation. There was no bloodshed here, but the angels had to suffer indignity as they offered protection. Lot’s family too were led out with a cloud of smoke and fire in the air. Did Abe go back and offer a blood sacrifice for Lot when he saw the smoke? They should have gone straight to the mountain, but asked to stop over. Hmmm.
- Abe’s begging and continued insistence reminds me of two of Jesus parables concerning prayer and the kingdom—the neighbor’s knocking at the door at midnight and the poor woman badgering the judge. I guess I give up too easily.
Thank you for all that you fong rong before God. May He Pass over you. Be insistent and consistent in prayer for all of the Christian family to serve Him well and be protected.
Thanks and blessings,