By Dr. Randall Smith
Courtesy of Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.
While Abraham had discovered that God desired man to live according to a set of moral precepts, most of the ancient world continued to worship idols and practice abominations. The best known of these wicked cities are Sodom and Gomorrah.
God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because “the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was so great and their sin so grievous?” [Genesis 18:20]. However, assuming that there were at least a few righteous souls in the two cities, Abraham begged that they be spared. The Lord agreed, providing that Abraham could find at least ten such men. But Abraham could not come up with even ten names!
Abraham?s nephew Lot lived in Sodom with his family. They were evacuated from the city by angels and told not to look back. However, Lot?s wife failed to heed the warning and was killed. She was engulfed in a Pillar of Salt amidst the upheaval. [Genesis 19:26].
The entire western ridge overlooking the southern area of the Dead Sea is named after Sodom and is composed entirely of salt dikes that shot up out of the earth’s crust during violent plate movements.
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