Righteous Lot


righteous-lotYou recall the story from Genesis 19 of a man named Lot. He’d moved to the city of Sodom on the southern shore of the Dead Sea. There were five great cities there, forming a metropolitan area of both considerable wealth and prominence. In Sodom, Lot increased his wealth and political power.

God was aware of the gross sexual perversions of the 5 cities. God said that the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great … their sin is very grievous (Genesis 18:20). Their sin were so awful that their sins cried out to Him for judgment. From then until recent times, the sin of homosexuality has been known by the word sodomy. 

The Lord sent two angels to remove Lot and his family before His wrath fell on the cities. When the angels arrived in Sodom, they were attacked by a gang demanding to rape them.

The next morning, Lot hesitated to leave everything behind. His daughters and their families were there. All of his investments and property were there. It was his life and livelihood. Lot, his wife, and two unmarried daughters had to be dragged from the city by the angels. Once outside Sodom, Mrs Lot disobeyed God and looked back at all she’d left behind. As she looked, God turned her into a pillar of salt.

Peter wrote that God Delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked, for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

First, Lot’s soul was vexed by the horrible sin of his city. Is your soul tormented by the sin around you or have you grown to accept it as just an alternative lifestyle?

Second, despite being tormented by the sin around him, Lot remained in Sodom. Would you have stayed there?

Third, if you knew that God’s wrath was about to fall on your city because of the sin, would you have fled in advance? waited to be dragged out like Lot? or even looked back like Mrs Lot?

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