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Lesson # Genesis 19:1-3
Study Material - Genesis 19:1-3
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 And he said, 'Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant's house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.' They said however, 'No, but we shall spend the night in the square.' 3 Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
Lot was sitting at the city gate. Typically a place of social interaction, of commerce, of business transaction, a place where judges rendered decisions in legal matters and so forth. Lot did not appear to be a part of the cities internal workings (politics), but was sort of an outsider (verse 9), living in the city but somewhat ostracized. Most likely Lot was at the gate waiting for business opportunities. Perhaps he dealt with strangers who passed by, as he saw and recognized these strangers (the two angels) immediately as they approached.
Lot was well aware of the dangers of the city, especially to strangers. He retained his hospitable attitude and graciousness to them as well. He saw the angels coming and invited them to stay at his home. What's more, Lot recognized them as men, only men, not as angels as they were in reality. Furthermore, Christ was not with them. He remained behind with Abraham to converse and allow Abraham to make his many requests, but then Christ did not go on to Sodom, but we presume returned to Heaven.
Christ is God. He has all of the facts. These two angels went to Sodom for three reasons. First to see the wickedness that was there, second, to deliver Lot, third to destroy the city and surrounding territory. There was no Bible viewpoint within the city. Even Lot was out of fellowship, thus the presence of God was not appropriate.
This was a godless place, or if they had their gods, they were false ones to be sure. It was a place of degeneracy and as degeneracy grows worse, along with it grows crime, loss of peoples rights, loss of peoples dignities, loss of peoples freedoms, loss of even the very basic of social fabrics in life.
We can look at Afghanistan today to see a parallel. That country provides an excellent example of wickedness. On the television I'm sure you have all seen the various atrocities that have taken place in that country. Women have no rights. They are shot is a husband even accuses them of adultery. They can hold no jobs, have no education, they cannot go out unaccompanied. The television shows pictures if a women taking her son to the hospital and is beaten for being out without an escort. Women sit beside the road begging and starving. They cannot be treated medically by strange men. They cannot practice medicine. They are in a position that is far worse than slavery. This Taliban group is evil to the core, and the society that exists there, in that country, is worse than evil.
But, as we studied yesterday, God controls history by means of a third mechanism, which is His permissive will. He allows the volition of man to run without correction in some cases, but only for a time. These problems existed in Afghanistan for many years. This Laden fellow did not come on to the scene just recently, but no one in the world has taken the responsibility to go after him. It has taken an earth shattering event to get the world to wake up, and begin the process of doing something about these terrorist organizations. The greater question is, what will be done about the countries that support them? How far does our resolve go? And here again demonstrates the weakness of mankind's ability to handle his own problems. Sooner or later, God will superimpose His divine will against mankind's failures and bring justice by various actions or events. Perhaps by means of a massive earthquake, perhaps by means of something else.
When we get back to Joshua, we will see what God commands to be done against extreme evil. That is its total destruction. Afghanistan fits into that category, in my opinion.
Sodom is evil to the core. There is only one person worthy of being delivered in the city, or rather the group of cities. The angels were well aware of the dangers to strangers inside the city, and especially at night. They insisted on remaining out in the open spaces for the night, but allowed Lot to convince them to go to his home. Lot, though not a positive Bible student, still cared for the welfare of strangers. He still had a conscience.
He took them into his home and fed them, and treated them with respect and polite hospitality, even in the midst of great evil.
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