Courageous Negotiation: It’s All In The Numbers

Sodom and Gomorrah #6 (Genesis 18:27-28)

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.

Abraham's negotiation with God the numbers of righteous men God will spare Sodom for.A Table which shows the English translation of Genesis 18:27-28 next to the original Hebrew Bible text. 27. "And Abraham answered and said: here I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, and I am dust and ashes." 28. "Maybe the fifty righteous men will lack five - will you destroy the entire city for five? And He said: I will not destroy if I found them forty-five."
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Joseph – A Mighty Man Haunted by His Past

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.

In this part of the video lesson we will be discussing Genesis 42:17-38.

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If you prefer you can watch the video on Youtube directly.