CbC - Genesis 19

     Here we are, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. For any of our younger readers, you may want to skip this post or have a parent go over this with you.

     The two angels that appear with Jesus at the tree at Abraham's camp arrive at the gates of Sodom in the evening time. Lot just happen to be sitting at the gateway and instantly recognized who the two men were. Lot bowed down with his face to the ground and said:

"'My Lords,' he said, 'please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.'" - Genesis 19:2

     The angels declined at first and stated they were going to stay in the square for the night but Lot insisted so strongly that they eventually accepted the invitation. Lot took the angels to his home in Sodom, washed their feet and fed them. That night, things took a dark turn.

"Before they had gone to be, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old-surrounded the house. They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them." - Genesis 19:4-5

     Crazy to think that an entire city comes out and demands to gang rape the two men in Lot's home. Sin is so rampant that ALL people, young and old, no longer know what right and wrong is. Love no longer exists in this city. Only sin, lust, homosexuality, and greed. All they know is pure evil. 

     It gets crazier. Imagine yourself in Lot's shoes in what he does next. Lot goes outside, shuts the door, and confronts the people of Sodom. Lot tells the people:

"Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof." - Genesis 19:7-8

     What?! Lot offers up his two virgin daughters in place of the angels as a plea bargain. I can't fathom Lot's logic here! No man can destroy an angel of God. I can't imagine offering my kids up to a gang of people in any situation but this shows the severity of Lot's circumstance. 

     Anyway...it doesn't work. The men of Sodom reject the offer and demand the two men in the house. They threaten Lot and head over to break the door down. The angels intervene by reaching out, grabbing Lot and pull him back inside the house and shut the door.

     "Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. The two men said to Lot, 'Do you have anyone else here - sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it." - Genesis 19:11-13

     Lot takes his time. He tries to get his future son-in-laws to leave with him but they laughed at him. With so much sin, judgement is just a joke to them. With it now being close to morning, the angels nearly had to drag Lot, his wife, and two daughters out of the city.

"With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, 'Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.' When he hesitated, the men grasped his hands and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, 'Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!'" - Genesis 19:15-17

     You see the sense of urgency here yet Lot almost seems like he doesn't want to leave by taking his time. The angels are trying to save Lot because Abraham asked the Lord to do so. He is strictly told what to do yet he changes the plan.

"But Lot said to them, 'No, my lords, please! Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can't flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I'll die. Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it-it is very small, isn't it? Then my life will be spared." - Genesis 19:18-20

     These angels have dealt with so much resistance trying to get Lot to leave and leave quickly. He is told where to go yet he tells the angels "No" and offers an alternative escape route. Don't you think the angels knew he would survive when they said head to the mountains? Why would Lot doubt them? Maybe he still wanted to live in a town setting and not that of mountains. He has been conditioned with his living style and in the midst of death and destruction, he still doesn't want to give it up. Much like those who worship the  worldly ways.

     The angels agree not to overthrow the town Lot has chosen to escape too (Zoar). Once Lot and his wife/daughters reach Zoar, the Lord begins to rain down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah from the heavens. I picture this moment as huge volcanic, fire covered meteors delivering massive destruction. The Lord destroyed the entire plain and the cities on it. All the people, animals, living creatures, and vegetation in the land was killed.

     Remember, the angels told Lot and his family to not look back. Lot's wife did not listen and the Bible states she looked back and became a pillar of salt. In a sense, she was saved yet she turned back to the worldly ways. The next morning, Abraham could see the destruction from his campsite. He saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. 

     Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of what is going to happen to the ungodly. Lot is a display of God's mercy for God knows how to bring the righteous back to glory and redemption. Lot knew God, yet chose the worldly ways when he decided to live in Sodom. Luckily, God still saved him though because of his mercy.

     Jesus brings up this story in 2 Peter, stating when He comes back, it will be like Sodom and Gomorrah. A day just like any other day and out of nowhere, Jesus will return. Those who conform to the world will lose their soul. The signs of the times will be on display yet they will laugh it off in non belief. We see that in today's time already with sin becoming more and more accepting, people turning from God, laughing and mocking Christians, and around the world Christians are being persecuted. Thankfully, those who turn away from the worldly ways will pass on BUT have everlasting life in heaven.

     The closing of the chapter leaves us with Lot and his two daughters abandoning Zoar out of fear and going with the angel's original plan, the mountains. They found a cave and settled down. Since there were no other men around, the daughters decided to get their father drunk on wine on consecutive nights to the point he blacked out. One night the oldest daughter had sex with their father and the next the youngest daughter had sex without the father knowing what happened. The daughters believed they had no other choice to do this, so they could continue their blood line. Both daughters became pregnant, had sons,  named them Moab and Ben-Ammi, which would later develop into the tribes of Moabites and Ammonites of today.

     If you are interested, I have found an article that researchers claim they may have found present day Sodom and evidence of its destruction: 

Stay tuned for Chapter by Chapter - Genesis Chapter 20.

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Ken is a blogger at Christian Pals Blog. He enjoys anything creative and playing golf.
Proud father, husband, and servant of God.

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