Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Saying of the Desert Christians: Obedience 3


Abba Mios of Belos said, "Obedience responds to obedience. When someone obeys God, then God obeys his request."

Here's a mind blower. God obeying one of us mere human mortals, fraught with sin and other dysfunctional baggage we've lugged around since forever?

And then I am reminded of one of my favorites bits of the Bible. God and Abraham walking along that ridge and looking down at Sodom and Gomorrah and God announces His intention to destroy the whole place because it was so evil. Abraham argues with God about how could God possibly do that if there were various numbers of righteous people living there. I love that passage for many reasons, one of them is that it so closely resembles my own conversations with God loaded with "what ifs" and "yes buts" and "what abouts".

Now Abraham was not the most moral of men as we understood it today. I won't linger on his many sins, it's all there in Genesis. Something else Genesis makes clear is that Abraham heartily loved God. And as it happens, there was only one righteous man in all of Sodom and Gomorrah and God rescued Lot and his family. So did God obey Abraham?


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