Lots Guests Are Assaulted

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Judgment

The scene in this chapter opens with the visit of two angles to Lot’s home in Sodom(v. 1). It reveals God’s judgement on a morally bankrupt civilization but at the same time provides a severe warning against others becoming like them. Perhaps more than any other catastrophe in the history of the world, the overthrow of Sodom is given to us as a supreme example of the coming judgment of this world. In Luke 17:28-30 we read; “As it was in the days of Lot....thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” We are living in a similar day when sexual perversion is an accepted way of life by many in our land and we can be sure that a day of judgment is coming. It has been said that “if God does not punish America and the world, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Lot “was sitting in the gateway to the city (v. 1) which is where the leaders or judges usually sat and indicates that he was a leader of the community. Knowing the sexual immorality and perversion that prevailed in Sodom Lot offered hospitality as his house for the night to protect these guests (vv. 2-3). Supper was hardly over when there was an uproar at Lot’s door and he knew that it was the men of the city wanting homosexual relations with his two guests who they thought were men (vv. 4-6).

What happens next is hard to even imagine. How could Lot go to the door and offer his two daughters to these men, if they would just leave his guests alone (vv. 7-8)? To protect one’s guests was part of hospitality, but this was going too far. This was a man who had once confessed Abraham’s faith and was now calling the scum of Sodom “brethren” (v. 7). That was how far the unholy morality of Sodom had warped Lot’s sense of values. Even though the prevalent, polluted sin of homosexuality was an accepted way of life in Sodom there came a time where God acted. The Angels pulled Lot back into the house and the men outside were made blind (vv. 9-11).

Application

Lot has lived so long and so contented among ungodly people that he was no longer a witness for God. He had allowed his environment to shape him, rather than he shaping his environment. Do we know we are a witness for God or are we just one of the crowd, like Lot?

Genesis 19:1-11 (English Standard Version)


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