Reading 8

Over the years, since Abraham and Lot first went their separate ways, have you ever wondered, how many times Abraham may have pleaded with Lot to leave Sodom.  Abraham watched, as Lot began to move closer and closer to the City, and then as he moved into the City.  Remember that Lot had so much cattle, herdsman, tents and so forth, that Abraham and Lot needed to separate.  Lot begins in the Plains of Jordan, and ends up living inside the City.  What happened to all that he had?  We saw that Lot needed Abraham to rescue him and his family from those who attacked Sodom, and still, Lot chose to remain in Sodom.  

Maybe Lot and his family just liked the opportunities of City Life, or maybe he and his family has close friends there.  

From the information we have in Scripture, we can’t know why Lot moved into, and stayed in, Sodom all those years, but we know that he did, and we know that he was not wicked like they were.  2 Peter 2:8 says, For as that righteous man (Lot) lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard.  So we see that Lot was righteous, and was tormented in his soul, because of their sinfulness against God.  

Are you tormented in your soul because of the lawless deeds celebrated in America?  Today, there are Christians arguing with each other because of differences of priority regarding the evils of abortion.  Is your soul tormented by the murder of innocent babies?  Can you really say that you are standing up for social justice, if you can’t even stand up for the rights of the unborn?  No, Without justice for babies in the womb, there can be no social justice.  

Are you tormented by the sin of homosexuality, and the advancement of the homosexual agenda in our society, in our government, and in our public schools? 

Whatever the reasons Lot and his family had for staying in Sodom, it would not last very long.  As we read last week in Ch.18, Abraham, pled with God to not destroy the City, if there would be even ten righteous people living there.  There would not be found there, ten who were righteous.    

Ch.19

19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. (this indicates that Lot held a position of importance in the city) When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 

But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.

But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. 10 But the angels reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. 11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door. 

15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.

23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 

27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace. 

29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived. 

Lot entered the valley of Jordan with many possessions and great wealth.  We don’t know why Lot moved into the city, and stayed there, but we can see that, even though Lot was righteous, and tormented in his soul by the sin of Sodom, there were terrible consequences for his family.   Apparently, Lot’s wife loved Sodom, more than she loved and feared God, Lot’s daughters were clearly affected by the immorality that they grew up with all around them.  

Incidentally, as Christians living in a pagan world, though we ourselves may be righteous, what are our kids learning in their schools?  What are they learning from the culture all around them?  Are we silently allowing Sodom to influence them, making them immune to the sin that God hates, sin that God will eventually judge?  

We have seen in the Scriptures so far, that God take His commands, and rebellion against Him very seriously.  

2 Peter 2:4–10 (ESV) 

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones.

Peter makes two important points here.  God knows how to judge the wicked, and God knows how to save the righteous. 

Next, we see that God fulfills His promise to Abraham and Sarah, and Sarah gives birth to Isaac, and it is through Isaac, that God promises to send the Messiah, the Deliverer, the Savior of the world.  

Just as there is condemnation of sin and rebellion, there is salvation offered to sinners by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.  

It’s in John 14:6 that we read, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

And what about God’s commandments?  In Psalm 19 we read—

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, 

reviving the soul; 

       the testimony of the Lord is sure, 

making wise the simple; 

     the precepts of the Lord are right, 

rejoicing the heart; 

       the commandment of the Lord is pure, 

enlightening the eyes; 

     the fear of the Lord is clean, 

enduring forever; 

       the rules of the Lord are true, 

and righteous altogether. 

Are you reading God’s word?  

In Romans 12:2, Paul wrote, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Prayer – 

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~ by James M. Winslow on 2022/03/09.

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