What did God plan for Abraham to do? In v. 19, the LORD said, “that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” That is God’s plan for Abraham. God wants Abraham to teach his children to obey the Lord. If they will do it, God’s promise to Abraham will be fulfilled. Thus, God asked the question, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?”
The answer is, No. God will not hide His plan. He still shares with Abraham His strategy to glorify Himself. He tells him His concerns. He enlists him in His team. He tells him his plans.
The most pressing problem at that time was Sodom. So in vv. 20-21, the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is the sin of homosexual sex and homosexual rape. Gen. 19:4-5 tells us that all the men of Sodom, young and old, wanted to “know” the male visitors of Lot in his house. The outcry of Sodom is sexual perversion, sex between man and man, and between woman and woman, and sodomy.
God said, “I will go down to see their sin.” God is a good judge. A human judge will just sit in his chair, listen to the lawyers, and then pass judgment. But God, the divine judge, will first go down and investigate and see for Himself. Then He will pass judgment.
This means that God sees the sin of homosexuality and gay marriage today. He sees your sin and my sin. But that is not the only outcry of Sodom.
Ezek. 16:49-50, “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. [emphasis added] They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.” The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were making much money that they became proud. They had so much food. They were so prosperous. But they did not help the poor and the needy. They have become so self-centered and self-focused that they have forgotten the poor. God hates that.
Listen! If you have much money and food and cars and cell phones and TV sets, and houses and real estate, be careful! Be careful that you do not neglect to help the poor. Be careful that you do not become selfish and forget God!
God heard the outcry against Sodom. Then He tells Abraham about it. Why? Because Abraham is a partner of God in His plans. In v. 22, we read that “Abraham still stood before the LORD.” Abraham stood before the LORD because he was chosen by the LORD and appointed by the LORD to become the partner of the LORD to carry out His plans.
God answered His own question by telling Abraham of His plans. In the Bible, God has revealed His plans to us. Christ commanded, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” He has called the church to join Him in this task. Let us join God in His work among the nations.