Abraham does not dispute the wickedness of
or the punishment God has planned for the twin sin cities. Abraham’s concern is
for the collateral damage caused by God’s righteous wrath which must in his
mind include his nephew Lot and Gomorrah Lot’s family.
Each proposal preceded by “Far be it from you” asks God to reconsider the just
sentence on the wicked for the sake of a diminishing population of the righteous.
He stops at ten because he either senses he’s gone as far as God will go or he
can’t imagine there would be less than ten righteous in the cities on the
plain. Unfortunately for the wicked there are only four who are counted
righteous, although the character of Lot’s turning
back wife turned to salt is questionable. And Lot’s daughters prove to be as
sinful as Sodom (Genesis 19:30-36) while Lot drunk in a cave is no saint. So what if no one is
righteous? What then? What Abraham didn't know and we can hardly imagine is that
God’s desire was that mercy would triumph over judgment for it is God’s will to
be both just and the one who justifies. (Romans 3:26) So since none were found righteous,
God in Christ became the One through whom we are counted righteous and who
knows, might also be the ones for whose sake every sin city is spared.