Rescue of the Godly People
Genesis 17:1-14 When Abraham was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said; Live always in My presence and be blameless, so that I may make a Covenant with you and give you many descendants. You will be the father of many nations, I will be your God and will maintain My Covenant with you and your descendants. As a possession for all time, I will give you all the Land of Canaan. The sign of our Covenant will be the circumcision of all the male members of your family.
Genesis 18:16-18 The Lord said: I will not conceal from Abraham what I am going to do, because he will become a great and powerful nation and all the other nations will wish to be blessed as they are blessed.
Genesis 18:19 I have singled him out so that he will teach his sons and family after him to conform to the Way of the Lord and to do what is right and just. Then I will fulfil for him all that I have promised.
Genesis 18:20-33 Abrahams intervention for Sodom and Gomorrah, for the sake of ten righteous people, the Lord will not destroy them. [Obviously there were not even ten]
Genesis 19:12-28 The two angels said to Lot: Get your kinfolk out of this place as we are going to destroy it. So Lot went out to his daughter’s husbands and urged them to leave Sodom at once, but they did not take him seriously. He grabbed hold of the hands of his wife and two daughters and led them to safety outside the city. Then the Lord rained down fire and brimstone and destroyed all living things in those cities. Next morning, Abraham looked out and saw the smoke rising from the total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Thus it was that the Lord took thought for His people and rescued Lot and his daughters.
Jeremiah 23:14 In Jerusalem, I see horrible things; adulterers and hypocrites. Evildoers are encouraged and no one turns away from sin. To Me, all her inhabitants are like those of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Jude 1:7 Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, they committed fornication and indulged in unnatural lusts, so with fire they paid the penalty as a warning for all.
2 Peter 2:6-8 God reduced Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes as an object lesson for the ungodly in future days. But He rescued Lot, a good man, distressed by the lawless society in which he lived. The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials and to keep the godless until the Day of their punishment.
Eccl 8:5b One who is wise knows in his heart the right time and method for action.
Psalms 89:46 How long, Lord, will You hide Yourself from sight? How long will Your wrath blaze like fire?
Psalms 90:13-17 Lord: How long? Turn and show compassion to Your servants. Satisfy us at daybreak with Your love, that we may sing for joy. Grant us days of gladness for the years that You have humbled us, in our misfortune. May the favour of the Lord be upon us and our children and establish us firmly in all that we do.
Reference; REB. Some verses abridged.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire from the Lord. This was done as a sign and a warning for us, in the future times. But those who call out to Him at daybreak, on His Day of wrath by fire, Acts 2:21, will experience the joy and gladness promised to them.