Genesis 19:1-19 The two angels arrived
at Sodom in the evening, and Lot
was sitting in the gateway of the city.
Notice that there were 3 men with Abraham. 2 went
on to Sodom and
the LORD stayed to talk to Abraham and then left. But not to go with the other
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.”
answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
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.”
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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!”
Apparently Lot was the only man in Sodom who had any kind of
relationship with God, so He gave him a way out.
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.”
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.)
the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then
the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom
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.
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.
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.
was sitting in the gateway of the
city when the two angels arrived. The gateway was the meeting place for city
officials and other men to discuss current events and transact business. It was
a place of authority and status where a person could see and be seen. Lot had
become someone in Sodom
The story of the men of Sodom coming to his door later and Lot offering them
his daughters instead of his guests is strange, to say the least. Although a
host was to protect his guest at any cost, this seems extreme!
And this is certainly an example of the extreme wickedness of Sodom
and why God was
going to destroy it.
In verse 13 the angels told Lot
to save his
family, that they had been sent to destroy the city. Archaeological evidence
points to an advanced society in this area in Abraham’s day. And most
researchers confirm some sort of sudden and devastating destruction. It is
widely thought that the buried city lies beneath the waters of the southern end
of the Dead Sea
When he warned his sons-in-law, they didn’t believe him. My commentary Bible
had lived among the people here for
so long and fit in so well he was no longer a credible witness for God!
When the angels told him to take his wife and daughters he still hesitated
to leave and they had to grab his hands and lead him away. Was he hesitant to
leave his wealth behind? His comfortable surroundings? His position? His wife
looked back and died!
When God tells us to let go of a sinful lifestyle and follow Him we need to
let go of it completely – turn away from it – and go to Him.
Genesis 19:30-38 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.”
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.
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.
both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by
their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named
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.
Sounds like a new reality TV show! Is this crazy or what? But the Bible
always relates what happens just like it happened. It doesn’t leave out the
messy events or sugar coat things. The Bible does not tell us this stuff saying
it’s right or ok though!
They really didn’t have that much of a reason to be desperate. Abraham’s
large family wasn’t too far away and he could have found them husbands! It
seems though that growing up in sinful Sodom
had rubbed off on them!
And their sons Moab
Ben-Ammi, the products of incest, became the fathers of two of Israel
greatest enemies, the Moabites and Ammonites. These two nations settled east of
the Jordan River and Israel
never conquered them.
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