Genesis 19

Genesis 19 is a story of destruction.  Sodom and Gomorrah are two cities filled with evil.  Remember that Abraham had interceded for the cities asking God to spare them if just 10 righteous people were there.  But when the two angels of death came to the city – they didn’t find ten righteous.  Lot met these two angels and insisted they come stay at his house where he fed and cared for them.  The men of the city surrounded his house and had plans to harm the men, but Lot pleaded with them to leave everyone alone, even offering his own two daughters instead.

The evil persists and the angels strike them all blind. “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”.  God is not mocked.  The angels ask Lot to get his family out of the city before it is wiped out so he goes to find his future son in laws who were to marry his daughters.  “But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting”.  Bad response from these guys – and it cost them their life when they failed to take action and listen.

The angels tell Lot “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city”.  Seems pretty simple to understand.  They are going to wipe out the cities and it is time to get out of town.  “But he lingered”.  Not a very smart response to a very direct instruction.  What do you do when God gives you instruction?  Fortunately for Lot, Abraham had been praying for the righteous in the city.  “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”.  God physically took matters into His own hands and removed Lot from the coming destruction.

There was another command given.  “Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley”.  Seems pretty clear – the instruction is to get out of town, leave the area and don’t look back.  “But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt”.  Wow – disobedience really carries a price tag.  Abraham went back to the place where he had interceded before the Lord and saw the smoke of the cities that had been destroyed.  He had done what he could, but that destruction even struck close to his family.  But his prayers had saved Lot and his two daughters.  “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”.

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