Genesis 19: 1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “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.”
“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 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.”
Many people read this and say that it seems that he is so insistent about them coming to his house because he knew the personality of his town. He knew these people would be looking to exploit any newcomer. Let’s keep reading to see how perverse this place really is:
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 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.”
This is disgusting but has cultural implications: they did not view women the same as men, and highly valued hospitality. Again, a truly disgusting out working of what they believed…
9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 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.
So the place Lot is staying is overwhelmed with wickedness. It seems the consensus of the town is that RAPE (call it what it is right now) is ok. Even Lot offers his daughters up. All the men of this town are overwhelmingly ok with sexual exploitation of people. Again, disgusting. This gives us a good sense of the disparity between God’s righteousness and Man’s character. We see what some humans do when left to their own choices. They are prone to evil and obsessed with pleasure. I would question why God even permitted Lot to be saved. He has only a small bit of difference between his view on violating human rights and those who are pressing at his door.
12 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, 13 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.”
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15 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.”
16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand 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. 17 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!”
18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! 19 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. 20 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.”
21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.)
23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
What a beautiful picture of God’s salvation for man. We live in this perverse environment that, though we are used to it now, it still disgusts God. He has sent His son to remove us from this place. When He arrived we as a whole determined to violate him and remove his human rights. Then as He is removing us from being slave to these thoughts and yielding to our environment which brings destruction and judgement, we are hesitant. Yet graciously He grabs our hands and in our faithlessness, in our doubt, He pulls us out of it into righteousness.
As a second look, it’s also a picture of a Christian’s relationship with God and how He sanctifies us. He died for our sins and brought us to a new land. In this new promised land where we receive God’s wisdom, a dwelling with Him, etc. we looked around at the promised land and said… well I like that area. We move into a perverse and completely non righteous situation. The Spirit graciously starts to pull us from that situation. We force God’s presence into the sinful perverse area we are in. Everything around us is violating God’s righteousness, trying to thwart His plan, and starting to press in to do to us worse than Him. We begin to make super disgusting compromises: HERE WORLD TAKE MY OCCUPATION, HERE WORLD GUIDE MY CHILDREN, HERE WORLD MY ENTERTAINMENT. Take my children world. Kids look at my life fitting in with all the things that are disgusting to God. All compromises under the guise to fit in, or lessen the world’s contrast to us, for (at it’s best excuse) our ministry. We compromise claiming it is for some benefit. We offer up our lives and that of our family to be violated so that God does not have to remove us from here because we haven’t given up the Spirit, they didn’t cause us to reject God… just His principles. He pulls us by the hand, as we turn back and hesitate: BUT GOD THIS IS WHERE I PLANTED MY ROOTS! AMERICA IS IN MY BLOOD! I’ve gotta watch TV… Yet He mercifully grabs our hand and pulls us away. Even when freed some will still look back as the destruction happens, longing for that place in our hearts.
27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”
33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.
We’ve allowed the indoctrination of the world to pervade our homes. We wonder why our youth are flocking away from God. We wonder why we are obsessed with sin. We have been surrounded by Sodom for generations and now we are doing things that are completely wrong, thinking we are preserving our generations. We are rationalizing our spiritual death and perversion all for the sake of America. When we are challenged to be in line with the Word we put that challenge on the scale that is our culture and preconceived notions with pleasure/comfort on one side and the Word on the other. The scales are flawed and will always favor our pleasure and comfort over truth.
A wonderful blessing to be seen here is that God mercifully drug Lot from that destruction because Abraham interceded. Abraham, though faithful, is nothing in comparison to Christ. We have Jesus Christ the son of God sitting next to the King interceding on our behalf. Christ calls for the deliverance of the righteous few that are often deluded into choosing the world over God. The Father without hesitation moves to action. Of course, we need to be aware of our own perversion of the truth and attempt to avoid it at all costs but we can rest assured knowing that God is SO gracious and merciful that even in our obsession with sin He can, and often does, reach in and grab our hand to pull us from that darkness. We look back, we hesitate, we wine because it hurts our hand… but He is gracious and merciful. He delivers us even when we don’t want it! 🙂
Thank You God for Your mercy. Thank You that when I am looking back at my sinful places longing to be there YOU are still loving and actively working to free me. Thank You for not leaving me in those places because of my own desires. Thank You so much for keeping me safe even when I am the active contributor to my danger.
You have to realize that all of us are prone to sin in some way. We are all obsessed with it and have something in our lives that is a gleaming issue for God but we rationalize it, dont notice it, or think it’s ok. Yet He is still faithfully working with us and helping us. Don’t look down on someone else because of their seemingly foolish obsession with their sin. WE ARE HUMANS! Our character has been reiterated over and over again in Scripture. If you think you don’t have the same problem you’re just not aware of your own… Many of us, like Lot, are in Sodom giving up our children and confused as to why our family is laughing at our warnings about God’s judgement.