God appears to Abraham one more time to remind him not only of the promise but that it will happen within the year. Sarah is still filled with doubt as she laughs to herself. But of more importance is the news Abraham is about to hear. It’s the primary reason for their visit, to bring judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Because of Lot, Abraham intervenes on behalf of the cities asking if the cities would be destroyed for the sake of any righteous in the city. Once again, it is a matter of faith.