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“Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. [Abraham and Lot] parted company; Abraham lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD” Genesis 13:10-13 (NIV)

“And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD ‘If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” “When Jephthah returned home to Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.” Judges 11:30-31, 34 (NIV)

“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army.” 2 Samuel 11:1 (NIV)

“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped in beyond the River (Mesopotamia) and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” Joshua 24:14-15

Four different instances lie before us. Three different men make three decisions that weren’t wise to begin with and we learn in two instance very soon the problems that creates and in the other it takes a while longer  for the full problem to arise. The last choice has to do with an entire people who we will see aren’t able to live up to the choice they make completely.

Today we will look at Lot’s case we see a man who has decided to pitch his tent toward the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  We know that these cities were evil and that God destroyed these cities as recounted in Genesis 19.

What we sometimes miss is how Lot and his family act toward the warning s of God.

We see quite clearly that Abraham knows that God is not joking around when He visits him. Abraham even found out that for just 10 righteous people, God would not destroy the city. But it would seem that only Lot and his family of 4 were found to be righteous.

So the men come to Lot and tell him to tell his WHOLE family including his sons-in-law to leave town because they are going to destroy the town. “But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.” [Genesis 19:14 (NIV)] For whatever reason Lot’s sons-in-law didn’t believe him. Maybe they hadn’t seen anything miraculous, maybe they didn’t think it could be done, or possibly they didn’t even believe in God, but no matter the reason they stayed in the city and presumably died that next morning.

Then it was Lot’s time to leave

“With 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’
“When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand… and led them safely out of the city for the LORD was merciful to them… one of them said ‘Flee for your lives! Don’t look back…” Genesis 19:16,17 (NIV)

Even though Lot had already told his sons-in-law that God was going to destroy the city he STILL hesitated before he left. Lot has his heart set on Sodom from the moment of his choice of the Jordan Valley. It seems that Lot started with a tent pitched, towards the city, moved into the city, and eventually became an influential man in the city as evidenced by his sitting at the gateway of the city when the angels came into the town. For some reason Lot didn’t want to leave; something was drawing him to the evil city, but God was merciful and still got him out of the city

“By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah-from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities–and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:23-26

The story is sad enough already, but sadly it gets worse. This time Lot didn’t stay in the city, but he moved a cave in the mountains. “One day the older daughter said to the younger ‘Our father is getting old, and there’s not a man left in the country by whom we can get pregnant. Let’s get our father drunk with wine and lie with him. We’ll get children through our father- it’s our only chance to keep our family alive.'” Genesis 19:31-32

So Lot’s daughters have to children by their father one is named Moab, the father of the Moabites, and the other Ben-Ammi, the father of the Ammonites. These two nations cause trouble for Israel for many years to come, and it all started with one man’s choice to choose the fertile valley near sin.

Posted June 5, 2012 by mattiev9287 in Bible study, Genesis