Genesis 19: The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Warning: Explicit material. These issues must be addressed, but are difficult to fathom for most. How could people want to rape so easily? How could a father offer up his daughters for rape so quickly? How could daughters sleep with their drunk father so willingly? This is Sodom and Gomorrah, a land that had lost sight of right versus wrong, a line easily found when eyes are set on the Lord. Man leading himself, following the ways of the sinful, yet tempting world, often leads to eternal destruction. One sin is fine right? God forgives! Plus the world said it was fine. And we got away with it… Nothing really bad happened… It was kind of fun… One more time isn’t awful… We soon find ourselves living lives full of sin, of the world, completely losing sight of eternity. Life is too short for these temporary worldly satisfactions that God commands us against. Now, let’s let the Bible speak to us:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.” – 2 Peter 2:4-10

Lot was saved as he was conflicted about his faith. He knew that around him was lawless, yet he compromised his righteous soul to live in this beautiful land (remember Abraham gave him a choice of land in Genesis 13). The wicked men at the door called him a judge, demonstrating that even surrounded by all this evil, Lot was conflicted about fully indulging in the sinful ways of the land. All others in Sodom and Gomorrah were wicked, unrighteous, ungodly beings who acted of sin, believing it was okay, even good. Their actions are shocking to most of us, as they aggressively came to Lot’s house to homosexually rape and abuse his two visitors. This was normal here. Another shock comes as Lot offers up his daughters instead. Back in those days, guests were to be treated above family. Lot continued to compromise his faith to safely live in this land.

Remember, the Bible does say that homosexuality is a sin. We are all born predisposed to sin, and every one of us falls into different temptations, one being homosexuality. This is not to say that if you are a homosexual you are not a Christian and are not going to Heaven. God is the final judge. It is to say that those who practice homosexual acts are sinning against God, just as everyone sins in different ways. Everyone has great difficulty combating these various temptations, especially when the world says they are okay, even great, and when we think we get away with it (lying, alcoholism, cheating, lusting, pride, greed, etc.). We should not judge one another, but love our neighbors, as we are all sinners. We all struggle with different temptations, and should support and hold each other accountable as fellow Christians. See: Top 25 Bible Verses about homosexuality.

Now, these spiritual beings Lot had in his house did something amazing, supernatural in fact – they struck the wicked men blind. Boom. Just like that. Talk about God’s power! Even though Lot had accomplished nothing too great in the eyes of God in his lifetime, and had compromised to live in a world of sin, he is still saved. This is a beautiful demonstration of God’s grace and mercy; how He knows and listens to our hearts.

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” – 1 Corinthians 3:15

Lot was commanded to flee Sodom with his family immediately, and not look back. This is what happens when we are saved from a sinful state. We should not look back, or take even a small step backwards. We should find strength through God, our Grace and Savior, to lunge forward towards eternal salvation. God wants Lot, and us, to learn from the utter destruction of those overcome by self and the world in Sodom, those who have completely lost sight of the Truth. We should also recognize the wonderful deliverance from the sinful world of those righteous people in the eyes of God, even those who have lived a wasted life. Lot did show a lack of urgency. He loved the land of Sodom and all of its beauties (it was described “like the garden of the Lord” in Genesis 13:10), but he also saw the wrongs of the people’s practices there. We face the same conflict when attempting to overcome temptations and indulgences of the world. The world offers us wonderful promises and great riches, but we must maintain an eternal perspective and give glory to God. Lot’s wife demonstrates what happens when you look back, when you continue to love the world, when you try to justify what the world says is okay, but really isn’t. Instead, we should look forward to our deliverance.

Leave it to God to not leave anything out. If you weren’t grossed out before, this will do it. Lot’s daughters then slept with him willingly. They planned it all out, because they wanted babies to continue the family line. Their descendants will eventually be enemies of Israel.

I know this chapter is dark, but let it give us hope. God knows our hearts, and His grace and mercy can save the righteous from a world full of sin.

 

 

 

 

 

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