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Genesis 19:23-25

Lesson # Genesis 19:23-25
Study Material - Genesis 19:23-25

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Gen. 19:23-25

23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, 25 and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

Lot finally left the city and headed toward Zoar. It apparently took him some time to get there, for the sun had risen, implying perhaps noonish time when he arrived at Zoar. The Bible does not indicate a time frame, but rather the emphasis here is on Gods patience in waiting for Lot and his family to get out of harms way before unleashing total annihilation on the valley.

Zoar was not in the valley, but up at some higher elevation, toward the southern end of the valley. By the way this was known as the Valley of Siddim, Gen. 14, also known as the Salt Sea. The valley is not only going to burn, but will eventually sink further downward and be flooded becoming the Dead Sea, or rather an expanded sea following the destruction of the cities and everything therein.

The Dead Sea is a place of no life, a place of worthlessness. Its heavy salt concentration and pitch content make it a dead place. Four of the five cities previously mentioned were destroyed with unusual fire, Jude 7, a fire from heaven. This is a supernatural fire as it were, as it is described in several passages.
Sodom becomes an example for the destruction of Israel, Babylon, Edom and Ammon. It is an example to the ungodly (unbelievers), 2 Pet. 2:6, and also to those who ignore or despise God, Matt. 10:15.

Lot ran in the direction away from Abraham, sure to a higher elevation somewhat, but he did not run to Gods Word, despite the fact that it was God who saved him in the first place. Lot ran to a place of smallness (human viewpoint), not a place of greatness (Bible doctrine).

Yet in all his (Lot's) choices, God was still faithful to Abraham's prayer. Lot was delivered even though Lot continued to hesitate in his indecision, and continued to make wrong choices in the face of his own deliverance. Does this intercessory prayer happen today? Of course. I imagine that there are many legitimate prayers being submitted to God requesting the destruction of those who are evil in Afghanistan, and the deliverance of those who are worth saving. The refugees are many. Some will hear the Christian gospel and believe in Christ, and fall away from the hypocrisy of Islam, especially the twisted revised versions offered by this Laden fellow. So, in a way, these events most probably will bring about many saved people in that part of the world as well as in many other parts of the world where people see the TV coverage of the Afghan events, as they see the actions of terrorists and hear their philosophies. In their efforts to deceptively promote their holy war, they will in the long run hurt their own religion as many change over to Christianity and the prosperity it offers over the suffering that Islam (and all other religions for that matter) produces.

God kept his promise. He waited until Lot was safe and then judgment was unleashed. God waited not a second longer. Just as in Revelation we saw the four angels holding back the winds of destruction, as we saw the numbers of martyrs being completed, so when Gods time is right, then nothing will halt His ultimate judgment.

He judgment was complete. His judgment was not partial. This judgment was the termination of the cities and the valley and everything living therein. God did not worry about innocent civilians, for there were none. Any who wanted to leave could have, but none left except Lot. The evidence sponsoring the eventual destruction of the area was obvious. This was an evil place, encompassing all manner of evil. The term, evil, is used in its broadest sense, though only the homosexual acts and threatened violence were specifically mentioned, these referenced a pattern of un-natural behavior. All sin is un-natural, so don't go pointing to 'gays' alone for their chosen way of life. It is wrong certainly, but so is gossip and a long list of other sins, especially ignoring Bible doctrine in ones life.

Any and all sin, when it is embraced, and sin is always embraced when one does not study his Bible daily, is a pattern of life that leads to worse levels of sin and corruption and evil. It does not happen over night, but can take years for an individual, and even generations for a people in a geographical area.

The destruction of Sodom could be seen for miles. The valley itself is about ten miles long and about two miles wide according to the encyclopedias. The whole valley was not destroyed, but the central portion was. Sodom and the cities were burned to a crisp, then sank away (if there was anything left to sink) into the muck of the Dead Sea which consumed the valley.

Sodom is a picture of the production of sin and human viewpoint. As Solomon states, 'vanity, all is vanity', or nothingness. When Bible doctrine is left out of ones life, then you have nothing. Nothing good comes from nothing. Good can only come from something of substance and Bible doctrine is that substance of life. Sodom was a picture of strange and twisted life styles. People had taken life to extreme degenerate morals. There was no law, no freedom, no social fabric except that which served those who would take advantage of everyone else. Lot had lived there for many, many years. He was stressed by the evil conditions, yet he chose to remain despite losing all of his wealth.

Remaining in sin, or better yet, remaining out of Gods will for your life (no daily Bible study, no fellowship status), generates indecision and poor decisions in life. Things go from bad to worse, they never get better. At some point the pressures in your life will be so great that you will either click on that little light in your head and begin to understand that you'd better get back with the program, or your final judgment will happen and from that, there will be no recovery.

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