Saturday, August 25, 2007

Genesis 19 - Lessons from Lot

Lessons from Lot

Gen 19:23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

Biblical Zoar was located southeast of the dead sea. Lot, his wife and three daughters entered the city of Zoar as the sun was risen upon the earth. The thing about Zoar was that Lot was still telling God that he would choose, and that God was to bless his choice. Instead of obeying God and putting him first.

Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Some explain this fire as a volcano arising from the earth. There were oil pits in this area that would burn readily. The Bible says the fire came down from heaven. It was the judgment of the LORD God.

Gen 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Sudden destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah behind them. They were told to not look back, also they were told to escape to the mountain, further away. There was a reason for this. Imagine a nuclear blast and you are in a small city not far away? You soon would wish that you were way up on the mountain instead.

Gen 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

Gen 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Lot's wife was disobedient and looked back, for her heart was in that city. She loved the things of this life, more than the obeying of God. She was turned into a pillar of salt. Jesus would refer to her disobedience in reference to the last days. Where will people's hearts be? Will they look to Jesus or desire the evil things of this world. Where is our focus? Jesus speaks to us today, for we are in the last days.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Luke 17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

She loved the things of the world, more than God. No looking back. Jesus was speaking to his closest disciples, not the world. He is speaking to us today. What do we seek in this life? Are we like Lot busy making choices, our way and asking God to bless our choices. It takes more than a good companion, prosperity and privilege to be saved. Are we like Lot's wife, seeking health and prosperity in this world, thinking by being blessed with things that we are where God wants us?

It is all a mistake. It is an entire delusion. It requires something more than privileges to save souls. Joab was David's captain; Gehazi was Elisha's servant; Demas was Paul's companion; Judas Iscariot was Christ's disciple; and Lot had a worldly, unbelieving wife. These all died in their sins. They went down to the pit in spite of knowledge, warnings, and opportunities; and they all teach us that it is not privileges alone that men need. They need the grace of the Holy Ghost. (Ryle)

They need to walk by faith, not sight; it is a strait and narrow path.

Luke 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Gen 19:27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
Gen 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
Gen 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

It was the close fellowship of Abraham with God each morning at his altar, that brought deliverance to Lot. God remembered the intercession of Abraham for his nephew, Lot.

Gen 19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

Now Lot went out of Zoar into the mountain, where God originally told him to go. They dwelt in a cave; Lot and his two virgin daughters.

Gen 19:31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
Gen 19:32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Foolish women, trying to do things in the flesh. Concerned that no son was born, she comes up with their solution. Reminding me of Sara and Hagar. Sara's decision resulted in the Arab nations and Islam, the enemies of Israel.

Gen 19:33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
Gen 19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
Gen 19:35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Another commentary was kind concerning Lot's daughters

Consider the awesome and powerful events that Lot's family experienced in a relatively short time. They witnessed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah totally destroyed by fire and brimstone rained down from heaven by God. Then Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt because of her disobedience. The family is eventually forced, out of fear, to live in a cave. Given the situation wouldn't you be a bit distressed and afraid of what might happen next? Lot's daughters must have thought it was the end of civilization and that they were some of the only people then living. They were obviously greatly concerned about the future of their family (and possibly the human race). This concern led them to do what they did.(R&E Beltz)

My thoughts were not so kind. I see Lot's daughters, with no names given; as foolish and sinful women, brought up in a wicked society, never learning godly counsel.

2 Tim 3:6 ... silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

The results of their sin produced two nations who would oppose Israel and who would be cursed by God.

Gen 19:36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
Gen 19:37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

The Moabites tried to get the prophet, Balaam to curse the people of Israel who were coming into the land.

Gen 19:38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

The two nations from these sons, would be cursed by God.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:
Deu 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Deu 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Solomon was rich and very wise, and yet he fell.

1 Ki 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
1 Ki 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
1 Ki 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
1 Ki 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
1 Ki 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

The wisest man before Jesus, had all possessions and fell because he lusted after the Moabite and Ammonite women and their gods. Are we wiser than Solomon? Sexual immorality and following pleasures and idols are the sins of these last days. To follow Jesus and to be saved, we must be born again and have the mind of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We must follow Jesus and not look back.

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