Pentecost 7 Yr C: Proper 12
I have a hard time reading today’s Old Testament passage without laughing at Abraham’s boldness. He was bargaining with God about saving Sodom. “Will you sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?” And then 45; then 40; then 30, 20, and finally Abraham had God agree that “for the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
I think Abraham should get an ‘A’ grade for persistence. He wouldn’t let the discussion go, but kept asking with confidence that God would answer him; and at the same time he showed humility and reverence that after all, this was GOD he was bargaining with.