Bible Study Lessons from Genesis 19:1-14
The questions for today are:
1. Have we built new and similar cities today?
Here are some possible answers in this Genesis study.
Final Days of Sodom and Gomorrah
Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here?
A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place; for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the Lord that the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”
Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the Lord will destroy the city.”
But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be jesting. – Genesis19:12-14 NASB
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Pending Doom for Sodom and Gomorrah
The homosexual men in Sodom who wanted Lot to hand over the strangers is just one example of how low the people of the city had sunk into sin.
Even Lot, who offered to hand over his two daughters seemed oblivious to the sins within.
Why Lot’s Daughters?
In all fairness to Lot, it is not clear as to why he offered his daughters to protect the two angels.
The laws of hospitality in the Hebrew community were strong and stated that a man protect strangers in the house no matter what the cost.
Either way, the wickedness of these two cities were such that God chose to destroy them.
Ten Righteous People of Sodom
As we discussed in the last lesson where Abraham pleads for Sodom, God offered to spare the city if ten righteous men were found there in His dealings with Abraham. So, we now know that ten could not be found as the angels were there to carry out the execution.
Are We Like Lot?
According to this study, Lot was a respected member of the town, possibly a high ranking man, and had lived among Sodom’s people for so long that he had become complacent about their sin.
Much like recent times, he had begun to “blend in” with the sinners of the day as so many Christians do today.
How about us? Are we “believable” Christians?
Do we stand out as defenders of the truth or do we blend in to the community around us, so much so that people of the world cannot tell the difference by our actions, or lack of them?
And, no – I’m not talking about racing through the streets with a Bible held high in our hands.
But, we can try to live a life of love and compassion that others will recognize.
What Did Jesus Say about “Blending”
Jesus says, (paraphrasing), that we are to be in the world but not of the world. This means we should be set apart and live the example Christ has set for us.
I know, I know! – easy to say, difficult to do.
But, we can at least make an effort not to be “just another Lot”, can’t we?
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to look at John 3:16 and take the first steps.
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