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Corona, Sodoma and Gomorra

31 Mar 2020 at 08:16hrs | Views
It is with a heavy heart to write to you in this trying time, it is my sincere hope that this message carry hope to all. The world has been brought to a standstill, with the virus sending all scurrying for cover. In times like this, the worst news is a reminder of how the world's specialists are acknowledging that there is no vaccine for this virus, merely encouraging everyone to go back to basics of personal hygiene and, pray to the gods.

The mere fact that all known treatments are being resisted by this virus, puts paid to questions as to how this came to be, and largely points to a hand beyond the natural. This therefore means that the answer to this epidemic lies within the supernatural. I have argued before that religion as we know it is merely a cultural method of acknowledging and worshipping a deity, but this matter goes beyond a deity, it is one of hope banked in one's faith.

An interesting episode took place in the Bible when Abraham was visited by the Lord and two angels who accompanied Him, on their way to mete out wrath on Sodoma and Gomorra. The most intriguing part is when, while accompanying them out of his compound, Abraham begs and pleads for these towns to be spared. Abraham tried this by playing on the Lord's fame and weakness in mercy, pleading for the Lord to withhold His wrath if there are a certain number of righteous people in those two places. He started at 50, at which the Lord said if there are at least 50 righteous people in the towns He will not destroy them. Seeing that he had been bold enough to bargain with the Lord, Abraham asked if the Lord finds 45 righteous people, will He destroy it? The Lord said not, for the sake of those 45 righteous people. Abraham went down to 40, 30, 20 righteous people. Still the Lord said he will spare the place even if only a handful of 20 righteous people are in Sodoma and Gomorra.

How about 10 righteous people, there went Abraham in his final plea. Still the merciful Lord said He will spare the towns for the sake of only 10 righteous people if they can be found in those places. The Lord then left Abraham, and Abraham returned to his compound having exhausted his bargaining arsenal, in plea to save Sodoma, Gomorra and its inhabitants.

The heading of the next chapter after this episode, Genesis 19, is one of the most shocking in the Bible era. Sodoma and Gomorra were destroyed by burning Sulphur, clearly meaning that not even 10 people were found to be righteous in the two towns and the places in the plain. For Abraham's sake, the Lord spared the life of Lot, his two daughters and briefly his wife who perished owing to her disobedience.

In times like these, we ought to remember this story and strive ourselves to be counted amongst the rare righteous 10 that will save your town, city or country. 2 Chronicles 7 verse 14 holds the answer to the many questions that the world has today. The Lord wants the world to seek His face, humble themselves, repent, and He will heal the land. The conspiracy theory in town is that corona is a biological weapon developed by the Chinese which went out of control. Correct or not, a pestilence can be the work of God and the Chinese can be used as a human conduit for its outbreak into the world. God uses people or not, if He so wants it that way, but that does not mean it is not His instigation if he uses the Chinese. There is indeed hope about the end of corona, brethren must repent, kneel and worship God in truth and spirit, seek His face, and He will forgive sins and heal the land. The land can be a city, a town, a country, or even an individual. The Lord is prepared to work with an available individual if the whole country turns away from Him. Heaven and grace are individual affairs.

The government is there to provide the human means in terms of services for its citizens, but the honest truth is they can only do so much. Developed countries have the best medical care facilities, but patients are dying in large numbers. A ventilator will not guarantee life, the Lord has that decision. They, the government, cannot protect themselves too. May the Lord be with you all and may those who lost their loved ones find strength, hope and grace.

"Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for Me. Weep for yourselves and for your children instead." Pray that your faith does not fail you, the times ahead are challenging.

Robert Sigauke is a Political and Social Commentator. He writes from Cape Town. Whatsapp +27713348876 or email dialogue@highveldmail.co.za



Source - Robert Sigauke, Political & Social Commentator, Cape Town
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