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Lesson # Genesis 19:4-10
Study Material - Genesis 19:4-10
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4 Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 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 have relations with them.' 6 But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, 7 and said, 'Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. 8 Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof.' 9 But they said, 'Stand aside.' Furthermore, they said, 'This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them.' So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.
When disease is saturated throughout the soul, there is no health, no getting away from it. The entire body is sick, and therefore fatal, Isa. 1:5-7. Such is the case in Sodom. Here the guests were in Lot's home and the men of the city, from all quarters. That is not all of the men, not the entire population of the city came to Lot's home, but those who came represented every aspect of the city. There was none in the city that was different than those who came to Lot's home. They were full of sin, degenerated to all time lows.
Their demand? For the strangers who had entered the city, that they might have sex with them. Men seeking men is a perversion of sex, and this is exactly what they were after. But more than that, they intended violent sex. A gang of men against the two guests of Lot.
We find several things here in this passage. First the city was indeed wicked. Second, Lot, though he lived in the city, had not fallen to the decadent level of the city even though Lot was not the greatest of believers there ever was. Third, in years past Lot had herds and went to the valley of Sodom because it appealed to him. Where are his herds? Long since gone. The pursuit of worldly things ends up in the loss of worldly things. Lot and his family will soon lose everything.
Fourth, Lot was an outsider. He was referred to as an alien, not a part of the 'in' crowd. Not that he was from another place and moved there, because that was more than 13 years ago, before the birth of Ishmael. Then he was wealthy and obviously accepted by the community. Not too many will turn away from a wealthy neighbor, especially when he spreads the wealth. Lot obviously squandered his wealth in buying his residence there. How do we know this? He will offer his daughters to the crowd, the last of his possessions, his family. Anyone who rejects God and doctrine follows a pattern in their life. Not belonging to God, man needs to belong to something. He pays the price, whatever it is, in order to acquire acceptance. His herds are gone. He is living in the city, not out in the country where his herds would normally be located. He was at the city gate watching for travelers, not out with the herds and commanding his shepherds. All he had when he lived with Abraham, is now gone.
The men of the city had forgotten their history as well, or they too were new comers to the area. Not long before, they were captives of the Eastern kings that invaded, destined to be slaves or worse. Abraham saved them and even returned to them their valuables. This was a severe warning that they forgot. God using Abraham (recall the visit from Melchizedek) praising Abraham as blessed by the Most High God.
So Sodom had its warning, rather intensive warning from God. The people ignored Gods warning however and continued in their pattern of sin which degenerated into perverted sex (homosexuality) with tendencies toward violence.
Lets not make any mistakes regarding abnormal sex. I know that there were a few who got upset when we studied circumcision. Well now we'll really get upset, maybe. There are two kinds of sex, normal and abnormal. Normal sex is the interactions of a man with a woman. There are two kinds of normal sex, legitimate and illegitimate. Legitimate normal sex is between a married couple - a husband and a wife. Virtually anything that they both consent to, with each other, is a private matter and for their private interaction with each other. Any sex outside of marriage is illegitimate.
Abnormal sex is everything else - a person by themselves, a man with another man, group activities of any kind, woman with woman, sex with animals, sex with dead bodies, any acts of violence of forced sex such as in rape, and so forth.
We have already studied the soul. The soul is a living entity just like your body. It needs healthy food - knowledge or it suffers if deprived of healthy nourishment. Bible doctrine is the only healthy food that exists for the soul. Ignore or reject Gods Word on a daily basis and you soul suffers. Over an extended period this unhealthy state drives one deeper into sin and degeneracy. The more one rejects the truth, the more vile one becomes. Afghanistan is a good example of this result by a large group of people. Those in power are evil and consequently those who are not in power suffer dramatically.
Sodom is totally degenerate, with no one who is worth saving. Even Lot has his hesitations as we will see. Lot offers his daughters in place of the strangers. Lot was not much of a courageous person. A normal person would have left the city long ago because of its degenerate conditions. Lot stayed there. A normal person would defend his family, never sacrificing them to crime or violence. A normal person would not choose between persons to sacrifice for the benefit of the group. Only a coward would be foolish to do this. He wanted to give up his daughters to save the others. The crowd would not have settled for the daughters, but would have taken them, then come back for the others. Wickedness knows no satisfaction. It is never quenched, but drives on for more wickedness.
Lot is met only with ridicule as the rage of the crowd becomes even more bold in their aggressiveness. When sin is not placed in check, it gains strength from its own energy and advances on to more and greater sins. Sin does not listen to reason or care for courtesy, or care for the rights of others. It sees only the lusts of its own selfishness, and will do anything and use anyone to achieve its wicked end. Nothing good is ever intended in sin, only the satisfaction of the wicked desires of those who propagate the sin, and of course we know that sin is never satisfied, but drives on for more sin and evil.
The angels had to retrieve Lot from the crowd. Only good can save. One sin cannot come to the aid of another sin and accomplish anything good.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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