In examining Jewish rabbinical literature, the Talmud and Midrash contain oral traditions, exegesis of Torah texts and homiletic stories that give us insight into Jewish and biblical history. They are reliable sources to gain additional understanding and knowledge of Jewish thought and truth.
One of the teachings refers to the Judges of Sodom, (Genesis 19) who historically were named Kaz-sheker (greatest liar), Rab-sheker (master of lies), Rab-nabel, (master of turpitude), Rab-masteh Din (chief perverter of the law), and Kelepandar (forger). These judges had enforced laws that were oppressive to the poor, sexually permissive, allowed child sacrifice and resulted in a society where justice and legal sense were ignored to accommodate the desires of a ruling few. This resulted in a chaotic culture where historical and biblical accounts record an “upside down” civilization, with the weak exploited by the rich and powerful.
One story tells of a poor man who was secretly kept alive with scraps of bread by a compassionate citizen. When the judges found this out, they ruled the gracious person be burnt to death. It’s hard for us to imagine such a thing and yet that was how Sodom and the cities of the plain lived each day. In addition, the biblical record tells us that Lot, Abraham’s nephew was daily tormented with the filthy conversation and lifestyle of the wicked people he was living with (2 Peter 2:8).
The Genesis record tells us that God heard the cries of those who were oppressed and went down to deal with the wickedness of Sodom (Genesis 19:20, 21). On the fateful night, a homosexual mob of men gathered outside of Lot’s house and demanded he open the door so the men could have sex with the visitors staying at Lot’s home. These were the angels God had sent to rescue Lot, but the mob did not know this.
Those who say the sin of Sodom had nothing to do with homosexuality and sexual looseness, ignore the clear account of the Genesis text, the second Peter text, and the Jude, verse 7 text that refers to gross immorality in Sodom. In addition, the prophet Ezekiel expands on this and gives us a comprehensive view of Sodom and the culture of the cities of the plain: “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before me (Ezekiel 16:49 NASB).” The overabundance and careless ease led to the abominations that refer to the ongoing sexual perversion, child sacrifice and abuse.
Justice and morality had been denied in all areas of the culture of Sodom as a result of the rulings of a few judges, who felt it was a civil duty to impose their personal views on the entire population. People in Sodom had no choice but to agree, be silent, leave or if they spoke up, risk their futures and very life.
It continually amazes me how relevant and up to date the bible is, in the 21st century. Activist Judges in America are daily overruling the will of the people and imposing immoral, personal views towards the citizens of this country on a number of issues and distorting justice at every turn. States have wrongly had the imposition of the minority forced on the majority. It is interesting that decent laws cannot be set aside, except through dishonest, judicial tyranny.
Please recognize then, it was the rulings of the Judges of Sodom that brought the judgment of God on Sodom and the cities of the plain and, following the historical pattern, it will be the rulings of activist judges and a silent, sleepy, Christian majority that will result in the swift hand of judgment on America. God is always grieved when the courts rule against righteousness and lawlessness prevails.
What we have just witnessed these last three months in America with the final confirmation and accurate vindication of Brett Kavanaugh is more than left or right, liberal or conservative but a real, unseen, spiritual battle. It is about placing good men on the Supreme Court and other lower courts who understand the seriousness of what it means to uphold truth and repair the crumbling foundations of this country.
Real Christians in America must move beyond politics, see the invisible struggle and call out to the Lord for another awakening that will focus our attention back to Jesus, holiness, repentance, and prayer.