Is Sodom the Bellweather for Universal Restoration?

In reading ]]’s book, ]]. he mentions Sodom as a symbol of how God’s purpose in destruction is redemption.

I will restore their fortunes, the fortune of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters (and I will restore your fortune along with them), that you may bear your shame and be disgraced for all the comfort you brought them. Yes, your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, Samaria and her daughters, shall return to their former state (you and your daughters shall return to your former state). (Eze 16:53-55 NAB)

So, here is the question then. If God promises to restore Sodom to her former glory, after of course, purging her, by fire, of all of her sins – as He did with Israel numerous times – can we count on sinners being purged and then being restored?

And be sure to read Peter’s post on using the bible as a witness to Christianity.

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6 Replies to “Is Sodom the Bellweather for Universal Restoration?”

  1. Two reactions:

    1) Does the context of Ezekiel 16 as a whole matter to our reading of this text? The restoration of Sodom is not the main point here, but in service to a prophecy against Israel’s wickedness. “You make Sodom’s sins look like kid’s stuff.”

    Sodom’s restoration will be a way of making Israel ashamed of its own sins. (Eze 16:61)

    2) How do we relate the judgment of nations to the judgment of individual persons?

    1. Good points, John. Some of which I wish Rob Bell would have picked up on. Restoring a city is different, to be sure, than restoring those individuals within that city.

  2. Here’s an old UR article about the significance of the restoration of Sodom prophecy in Ez: 16:53,55:

    Its fifth to last paragraph contains the following argument supporting the view that it’s the individual Sodomites who will be restored:

    “Would there be an restoration about it, if ‘a new city,’ peopled by ‘a new race’ are one day built upon the ancient site of Sodom? What or who is to be restored? ‘I will bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom.’ ‘Thy sister Sodom and her daughters shall return to their former estate.’ What does the personal, plural pronoun their refer to? the city or the people? The people, of course, there is no room for two opinions. So all through the latter part of this chapter, the most cursory reading will show that by the term Sodom, is meant in every case the inhabitants of that ancient city. The pronouns ‘their,’ ‘they,’ and ‘them’ in verses 47-55 cannot refer to the city nor to the land but to the people.”

    Any thoughts?

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