Saturday, July 28, 2007

On Sunday's Readings

Again, Scott Hahn has posted reflections on the Sunday readings at the Saint Paul Center's site--you can read them here.

I just want to point out one minor thing about the first reading, in which God promises not to destroy the city of Sodom if "ten" people are found there who are righteous.

That passage always sort of bothered me. Would then God destroy the city if there were nine righteous? Doesn't God care about inflicting wrath on the innocent?

Well, read further in the story. When the three angels arrive at Sodom a mob scene ensues. The citizens demand that Lot turn them over so they can have their way with them. Indeed, one line stands out: "But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house" (Gen 19:4).

It would seem that the question is a moot point, as the narrative seems to indicate the complete depravity of the city.

2 comments:

bill bannon said...

Two angels arrive not three (see Gn. 18:22)....since one remains talking with Abraham while the other two go down to that area of sin....presaging that only the Son and the Holy Spirit would descend (the latter at Pentecost) properly speaking and the Father would not descend. Augustine saw this passage as about the Trinity since you'll note that the three speak with one sentence prior to two going down and Abraham addresses only One even though there are three prior to two going down.

Chalres Sommer said...

Michael,

Something else to think about with regard to the destruction of the city with only 9 righteous. Technically, God found 4 righteous in the city (Lot and his family). The city was still destroyed, but he got them out of the city before hand. I think the same would have been true if there were only 9 righteous. God would have warned them and they could have left.