God Sent Angels -
By Synthia Esther
The Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous, that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know. - Genesis 18:20.
The Lord decided to destroy Sodom for their sin's were many, and told Abraham of His plans. Abraham's nephew Lot and his family lived in the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah. In his concern Abraham interceded repeatedly asking God, to spare the righteous within the city - Genesis 19.
Two angels were deployed by God to destroy Sodom (Genesis 19:13), and bless Lot, forwarning, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished" - Genesis 19:15. Told by the angels to flee and "not look back," Lot and his two daughters fled to the small town of Zoar. Lot's wife met her demise for looking back towards Sodom, at which time she became a pillar of salt - Genesis 19:26.
God destroyed the city but remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. Sent by God, the two angels brought both blessing and curses.
I am reminded of the African folk tale of a tribal village were four men each had a handicap limitation. The first was blind, the second could not hear, the third lame, and the fourth man a very poor beggar. An angel in disquise was sent to the village, asking each man what he wanted most. Naturally the blind man replied, "My sight!" The deaf man wanted his hearing, the lame man wanted the use of his legs, while the beggar asked for money to feed and clothe his family.
To their surprise, the angel granted each of the four men their wish. The men, in return, thanked the stranger and vowed never to forget his kindness. Years later, the angel returned. When the man who had been blind saw him, he thought, "He's probably come back to ask for money just because he did me a little favor." When the angel asked him how he was doing, the man who had received his sight answered, "Not well; I have to do everything for myself now. Nobody will help me anymore." "Very well," replied the angel, "then you shall have your blindness back." And with that word the man became blind again.
The man who had been deaf had a similar attitude when he saw the angel. "How is it to be able to hear?" asked the angel. "Oh, it has its disadvantages," complained the man. "So many sounds get on my nerves and keep me awake at night." "Very well," replied the angel. "Then you shall have your hearing taken away from you." And the man was deaf once again!
The lame man too, was suspicious of the angel. "He probably wants me to do something for him just because he helped me a long time ago. Well, I'm too busy so I won't!" When the angel asked him how he liked using his legs, the man replied, "I can't run very fast, and at night they sometimes ache." And he suddenly found himself lame once again.
The angel then visited the man who had been a poor beggar. He now lived in a beautiful house and dressed in fine clothes. The angel knocked on the door and asked for a drink of water. Although the man didn't recognize the angel, he bestowed kindness, inviting him in and asking him to stay for dinner. "Why are you so kind?" asked the angel. "Because years ago someone helped me when I was poor, and now I show my gratitude by helping other's." "Very well," the angel replied. "You shall keep your wealth!" Gratitude is a postive attitude.
HEBREWS 13:2, "BE NOT FORGETFUL TO ENTERTAIN STRANGERS, FOR THEREBY SOME HAVE ENTERTAINED ANGELS UNAWARES."
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