Archive for June 21st, 2011

Genesis 19

Genesis 19 is a difficult story.  God had warned Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed.  Abraham had bargained to leave the cities alone if only 10 righteous were found.  As the angels entered the city – Lot met them and insisted they come to his house.  They finally do and he feeds them and keeps them.  That evening the people of the city came and surrounded the house asking Lot to bring the two newcomers out.  This was a very corrupt city – and Lot pushed back and even offered his two daughters up instead.  He did not want to be involved at all in this sinful behavior.  The crowd was beginning to be threatening – so the angels strike the crowd blind and bring Lot inside.

In the morning the angels warned Lot that destruction was coming and he needed to gather up those he cared about and get out of town.  Lot goes to the future son in laws – those two were to be married to his daughters – but they blow him off and think it is a joke.  So they refuse to go with him.  “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”.  This is no little issue – the destruction is just around the corner and Lot needs to step up here and save his family.  The next few words are disheartening: “But he lingered”.  Lot didn’t lead – he lingered.  He was not doing his job as father and husband. 

Fortunately for Lot, “the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city”.  God sometimes will go to extreme measures to help us even when we aren’t helping ourselves.  But that is not always the case and we certainly should not depend on it.  The angels did give a couple rules for Lot and the family to follow as they made their way to Zoar – the town outside they were to go to.  “Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley”.  Seems pretty simple doesn’t it.  Unfortunately, “Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt”.  Obedience is a rather serious matter.  God takes it so anyway. 

After Lot and his daughters made it to Zoar, “God destroyed the cities of the valley”.  He wiped them out.  It is no little wipeout.  He smoked them and they were totally destroyed.  Lot and his daughters moved into the hills into a cave.  The daughters get this idea and get Lot drunk so he would sleep with them and have a lineage to follow.  They did it two nights in a row – and both became pregnant.  Another example of people taking over the plan and doing it their way.  Yes it is good to want a line to keep the family name intact.  But this was a bit outside the way God would have done it.  God looks seriously at how we live.  Sin will be punished.  Sodom and Gomorrah found out in a very complete way.  We need to realize just how importantly God looks at sin and obedience.  How we live matters.  It determines all!

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