Daily Encouragement

January 8 – Where is Sodom and Gomorrah?

January 8
Genesis 18:16-19:38
Matthew 6:25-7:14
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 2:6-15

Genesis 19:24 is a sobering verse that warns about God’s wrath against sin. If you’re like me you’ve wondered where Sodom and Gomorrah are. As we study the Bible we often search the internet for information about the topics – there are a lot of “fake news” out there (not just sensational reporting, but groups that disbelieve the Bible and seek to minimize the multitudes of evidence for the Bible). The best site that I have found for information on Bible Archaeology is the Associates for Biblical Research. ABR believes this is the site of Biblical Sodom. They also share their reasoning for why it is the site of Sodom, and ICR’s John Morris is sympathetic, as is Dr. Steve Austin .

The possible site of Sodom?

Some readers are concerned that 18:21 contradicts the omniscience of God – however in Genesis 1:1 – God created the entire universe from nothing – He made it all. According to Genesis 6:5 – God knew what was on the heart of everyone – He saw it all. Yesterday in Genesis 18:10 – God told Abraham what will happen a year in the future – He knows the future. So if he made it all, saw it all, and know the future – He is not like a researcher making a trip to investigate a situation. Rather, this is an anthropomorphism – see Baker’s Bible Dictionary.

It’s kind of like when the President visits a hurricane disaster site. He goes as an anthropomorphism of the US government. As an agent of the US Government – the Government already knew what was going on in Puerto Rico, the Government was already working on relief, the Government didn’t learn anything new from the visit, and his personal visit wasn’t substantively helpful (he didn’t reconnect power lines) – the visit was merely symbolic to show the residents that the Government knew, cared, and wanted to help.

Matthew 6:33 was my grandfather’s favorite verse, although today we may call it a “life verse.” When we get our priorities right, God takes care of our needs, and often times a lot of our wants. Unfortunately Matthew 7:1 is the new life verse of people today.

Psalm 8 helps us realize how little we have to boast of, but how great our God is that He loves us! Psalm 8 was probably the inspiration for “How Majestic is Thy Name” by Patch the Pirate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWOR5BPNEuY

Proverbs 2:6-8 shares the blessings of listening to the Lord. If you don’t have a Bible journaling system, perhaps make a log this year of what God does for us. He gives wisdom, knowledge, understanding, sound wisdom, a buckler, keepeth paths, preserves our way, and much much more!

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