Abraham continues to teach us about justice and how to run a just trial. As we saw earlier, he started by presenting a moral argument. Once God has agreed with the principle that it is immoral to destroy the righteous together with the evil, Abraham changes his tone. Now, once the principle has been established, the negotiation of numbers follows.
In the previous verses we discussed how Abraham presents his defence in an attempt to save the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God assents, and while doing so, He tells Abraham the fundamental role of the righteous person in the world.
In addition to the regular blog postings, I also give online lessons. This is a video example of such a lesson in which I discuss the Story of Joseph.
During this lesson we will discover a new Joseph.
Starvation in the land of Israel drives his brothers to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph immediately recognises them. Yet they do not recognise him. All of a sudden he is flooded by his past, his suffering, his memories.
But he is no more the same arrogant young man of his youth.
Joseph has changed from an arrogant teenager to a wise, humble man
He now recognises that all comes from God. Despite his memories of his brothers’ betrayal and of his suffering during his years in the Egyptian jail, he gives his brothers a second chance.