The fifth and last sin of Sodom mentioned in Ezekiel is a partner to the first sin of pride and arrogance. God characterizes the people of Sodom as haughty . This is the Greek word megalaucheo , which is defined as abundant and great boasting. James reminds us that the tongue of man can boast great things.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! James 3:5
When one is filled with arrogance and pride and feels superior to all others, boasting is never far behind. Again, the Pharisee in Luke 18 comes to mind. Right after thanking God he was not like other men, he immediately boasts, the he fasts twice a week and pay tithes of all that he earns (see Luke 18:12).
One with an arrogant attitude will always seek to draw attention to himself . Arrogance leads to boasting. In contrast, Jesus taught, in His Sermon on the Mount , not to do anything in such a way as to be noticed by others.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:1-6
Such abundant boasting grieves GOD.
The people of Sodom had been abundantly blessed, whether they knew it or not. They were prosperous, had plenty to eat, and lived well. There is nothing wrong with any of that. God desires for us to have the abundant life and to prosper. GOD's prosperity has nothing to do with pride and arrogance, fleshly indulgence, wanton well-being, neglecting of the poor and needy or abundant boasting. That prosperity however is based on trust and obedience in HIM and His Word.this pleases HIM not grieves HIM.
The problem in Sodom was that the prosperity and the good life had become an end in itself. They couldn't see past their prosperity to the good use to which they should be putting these blessings. They had become so absorbed with themselves , and with the gratification of their every selfish desire, that any concern and compassion they should have felt for others had died within them. This lack of regard for others eventually led to acts of hostility, depravity, apathy and immorality.
God told the Jewish people prior to their fall and captivity, through His prophet Ezekiel, You are worse than Sodom! I wonder what God would say to us if He were to send a prophet our way, to the good old USA? As He looked upon our abundance, and how we administer this trust ... as He looked on our pride and arrogance.as He watched us indulge our every whim to great excess. as He looked at our numerous daily opportunities to reach out a helping hand to others ... as He looked inside our hearts to see if there was any compassion left for those less fortunate ... would He say, "well done, good and faithful servant," or would He say, " thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways " ?
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Matthew 25:41-43
Sodom has been made an example to all those who would live ungodly thereafter. As we have seen the sin of Sodom reaches farther into the depths of the soul than just the practice of immorality. As it was in the days of Noah and Lot so it will be in the days of the Son of man. From what we can plainly see around us it is very much like the days of Lot (in Sodom), now , here , in the twenty-first century, in the United States of America. The days of the Son of man are upon us.Our LORD is coming soon.do some meditating on that. if you can.repent if you need to.and look up.lift up your head. for your redemption is close at hand.