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Genesis 19:15-22

Lesson # Genesis 19:15-22
Study Material - Genesis 19:15-22

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Gen. 19:15-22

15 And when morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, 'Up, take your wife and your two daughters, who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.' 16 But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the LORD > was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. 17 And it came about when they had brought them outside, that one said, 'Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, lest you be swept away.' 18 But Lot said to them, 'Oh no, my lords! 19 'Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest the disaster overtake me and I die; 20 now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved. ' 21 And he said to him, 'Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken. 22 Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.' Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar.

Abraham, petitioned to God for the sake of the righteous (Lot), in the city of Sodom. Actually Abraham petitioned for the city if there were just ten righteous living there. And of course there were not.

Lot petitions for himself to be allowed to go to a little place further off in the plain but nearer to the mountains, a place formerly known as Bela, Gen 14, but now is re-named Zoar, 'a little place, a nothing place'. This request is granted. Lot asked for it and it was granted.

All in all, Lot lost all that he had except his two virgin daughters. His sons, his sons-in-law, his married daughters, and eventually his wife will all be lost. He could have lost everything including himself if he had continued to hesitate to leave.

Those who live in sin (Sodom), develop a comfort for it. It becomes a way or pattern of life that is difficult to get away from. Though its security is no security, there is something that holds us back, preventing us from changing our ways and getting on with a better life.

Given our own devices, not one of us would leave our sinful state and not one of us would be delivered in times of trouble. Trouble would consume us. It takes positive volition to get us to drive out of harms way and then not return to it.

God brings us out of sin (Sodom). We do not extract ourselves from its hold on us. We are saved by grace (angels pulling Lot out). We are not saved by our own effort or on our own initiative (Lot hesitated). Righteousness saves us, no one else, Eze. 14:14.

The danger was right there. Judgment was going to happen at any moment, regardless of whether or not Lot was going to move. Staying behind in a pace of sin (Sodom) or in the hope of our self deliverance (the plains) would not change anything. Once the destiny has been decided, and destiny is decided in heaven, then nothing can change it. Note that I did not say that heaven causes destiny, but decides it. There is a big difference. Each individual causes the ultimate outcome of their life by means of their own decisions. Within our decisions we have control over our life. But those collective decisions in our life will determine where our destiny will end up. God places you on the scales and measures your righteousness against His. Mans righteousness carries no weight so anyone relying on their own devices will lose in eternity. Only those who have received Gods righteousness (faith in Christ), will have a balanced scale and win in life.

Imminent danger should quicken us to get out of harms way. We know this by means of doctrine or common sense. Common sense comes from Bible doctrine or is influenced by it. The lack of doctrine dulls the senses, the mind, and we hesitate or are unsure. Decisions come with greater difficulty. Lot had been surrounded by sin for such a long time, he was not sure of what it was that he wanted.

The angels were there to save him from destruction. They instructed him to go to the mountains. He wanted to change that. They told him to get out. He paused all through the night. They had to take him by the hand, take his wife and daughters by the hands and lead them out of the house (residence in sin) and out of the city (environment of sin), and told them to go to the mountain, a place of higher elevation for one thing (representing the higher place of doctrine), but Lot still resisted.

Spiritually deficient people have great difficulty in deciding and have great pressures to want to remain in or near to their comfort level they have achieved with sin. Now don't get me wrong. By sin I mean the absence of Bible doctrine, the absence of a daily Bible study, the absence of using God in ones life. Sin is not just being naughty in life, but it is really being out of fellowship, out of Gods will. So that is the meaning of sin that I am using. So if you are not interested in Bible study, not interested in Bible doctrine, or even outright reject it, then you are living in sin.

There are only two spiritual residences for any person - living in sin, or living in fellowship with God. There is no middle ground, no third choice. Living in sin can include believers who could care less obviously, and unbelievers alike. Either place is from our own choices. Lot chose Zoar, a nothing place.

Lot is being delivered and still wants to choose his own living quarters. One would think that he would go back to Abraham (that place of Bible doctrine), or to the mountain (that place designated as safe by the angels). But Lot chooses still one of the five cities on the plain, a little insignificant place and that is where his life will end up - in insignificance. Anyone who does not pursue Bible doctrine will end up insignificant in life. Gods Word provides the difference that makes your life great. No one can become great from their own efforts. We do not make ourselves what we are, but are made what we are by the grace of God. Even negative people are directed by God (angels pulling Lot out of the city), to some extent when it is the better for us.

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