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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).
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?
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, "My lords, please turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way." They said, "No; we will spend the night in the town square." But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them." Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, "I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof." But they said, "Stand back!" And they said, "This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them." Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.
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Genesis 16:1-16Hagar and Ishmael
Genesis 17:1-16The Sign of the Covenant
Genesis 17:17-27Abraham And Ishmael are Circumcised
Genesis 18:1-15God Promises Abraham a Son
Genesis 18:16-33Abraham Makes an Appeal for Sodom
Genesis 19:1-11Lots Guests Are Assaulted
Genesis 19:12-26Lot Leaves Sodom And The Cities Are Destroyed
Genesis 19:27-38Lot’s Daughters Have Sons By Their Father
Genesis 20:1-18Abraham Tells Abemelech Sarah is His Sister
Genesis 21:1-21God Provides For Hagar And Ishmael
Genesis 21:22-34Abraham’s Agreement With Abimelech
Genesis 22:1-14God Tests Abraham
Genesis 22:15-24God Promises to Multiply Abraham’s Seed