Monday, September 18, 2023

Genesis Chapter 19


This chapter tells the story about Abraham’s nephew, Lot and the city of Sodom. It takes place approximately 1897 BC. The two angels who visited Abraham in the last chapter are now in Sodom to see Lot.

Verses 1-3

The two angels met Lot in the city. They were going to spend the night in the town square but Lot insisted they stay in his home.

Verses 4-11

That night the men from Sodom surrounded Lots house and demanded the angels be brought to them so they could have relations with them.

Vs 7 Lot calls the behavior wicked but refers to the people as brothers. (Lot hates the sin but loves the sinner)

Lot refused and offered his own daughters to protect the angels. (The men of the city were not interested)

Vs. 9 These men stand aside, you are acting like a judge. (This group accuses Lot of being intolerant)

Vs 10 The men of the city tried to break the door down and the angels saved Lot by pulling him back in the house and striking the men with blindness.

Verses 12-22

The angels told Lot to take his family and leave Sodom because God was going to destroy this wicked city.

Lot tried to get his sons-n-law to leave with them but they didn’t listen.

The next morning, Lot hesitated to leave, but the angels took him, his wife and two daughters outside of the city.

They were told not to look back as God destroyed the city.

Verses 23-29

God destroyed the city of Sodom and the neighboring city of Gomorrah, the plants and the people.

Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Lot’s wife lived with believers but she was not saved. Her heart was revealed.

This is a good lesson for us to learn not to get attached to anything that might temp you into looking back.

Verses 30-38

Lot took his daughters to a mountain cave.

Lot’s daughters got him drunk, slept with their father because there were no other men to give them children.

They both had sons. The older daughter gave birth to Moab, the father of the Moabites. The younger daughter gave birth to Ben-am I, the father of the Ammonites.

Satan always comes to distort God’s design and God’s plan. Remember satan is a liar. These girls schemed up their own way to produce descendants instead of trusting God.

Lot’s decision to move to a wicked city like Sodom cost him everything. This story shows us the negative influence this wicked city had on this family. Yes, they were believers but had not grown in their faith.

Jesus warns us in Luke 17:31-32 Remember Lot’s wife. 

 170 women mentioned in the Bible and God wants us to remember, Lot’s wife.

We don’t need to look back at the past but look forward to the future that God has for us. 

Lot’s wife looked back and she became calcified and stuck in a place she was only meant to be passing through.

Her attachment to the past was greater than her commitment to the future.