Lot Barely Escapes Sodom
“See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof…When 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.” -Genesis 19:8, 16
The way Lot deals with this situation to protect these two angels who came to destroy Sodom is a sober lesson for any of us who live in a compromising relationship with sin. It was because of God that Lot was willing to help these two angels by bringing them into his home.
However, in his compromised state, he is also willing to turn over his daughters to a mob to be raped in exchange for the mob leaving these two visitors alone. We also see that his spiritual influence upon his sons-in-law was non-existent. They had no regard for Lot’s warnings. Then, when the angels tell Lot to flee the city so he and his wife and daughters are not consumed in judgment, he lingers.
Sin has a way of warping our judgment of right and wrong as well as weakening us so that it seems impossible to do good. Lot can only thank God that he made it out of Sodom alive because of the prayers of his uncle, Abraham, and the mercy of God. It was solely by the mercy of God that the two angels took hold of Lot and his family, pulling them out of the city.
The lesson is clear. If we see others in a situation like Lot, we must cry out to God for mercy and deliverance. And if we find ourselves living a life of compromise, like Lot, may God give us grace to repent before our lives become dull to the warning of God’s judgment.
Genesis 19:1-16 Sodom's Depravity
1 Now 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 he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. 2 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.”
And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”
3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”
6 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! 8 See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place! 13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.
15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” 16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
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