Sodom Destroyed
Genesis 19-21




Sodom Destroyed, Genesis 19-21. God Remembered Abraham! God does not forsake His children. Just as God was faithful to Abraham, so He is faithful today in answering our prayers and in guiding and keeping us until that day we go to live with Him forever.



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19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” 3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

15 As 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 lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” 18 And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords. 19 Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die. 20 Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!” 21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22 Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur 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. 26 But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.
29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.

Genesis 19:1-3 & 15-29, English Standard Version




Sodom Destroyed
Genesis 19-21



The Scripture shown above is not the whole account of our theme today; it would be well, if you have the time, to read the entire three chapters. Remember when we left Abraham in our last devotional, he was pleading with God for the city of Sodom; God had promised that He would not destroy the city for the sake of 10 righteous people. What a sad commentary that the only righteous found there were Lot, his wife, and his two daughters.


Sodom Destroyed: Angels Seize Lot and Family and Pull Them Out



Even Lot and his family were reluctant to leave the city though the angels who visited them told them it would be destroyed. The two angels literally seized Lot, his wife, and two daughters and pulled them out of the city of Sodom. The angel's directions were very explicit, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.”


Sodom Destroyed: Lot Moves to Zoar



You would think that would be enough to convince you to run quickly. But Lot did not want to run to the hills; he chose rather to escape to the small city of Zoar. If you are familiar with this story, you know what happened next,


The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.



How difficult would it be for you to leave your home and everything there and move to a city where you must start over without a thing and without knowing anyone? It was just too difficult for Lot's wife, she could not resist looking back one more time, in disobedience to God's command. She payed dearly for her mistake with her life.


Sodom Destroyed: Application to Us



What is the application for us today? How much are we affected by the world around us? How single-minded are we about living for the Lord? God is a jealous God; He accepts no competition. He calls us to leave the world behind and live totally and completely for Him. He may not pull us out of our current location, but He still commands that our lives be totally and completely dedicated to Him. Do you find that difficult, or even almost impossible? Go to Christ! Christ alone saves us and keeps us faithful to God.


Sodom Destroyed: God Remembered Abraham



I love Genesis 19:29, So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.



God Remembered Abraham! God does not forsake His children. Just as God was faithful to Abraham, so He is faithful today in answering our prayers and in guiding and keeping us until that day we go to live with Him forever.



Praise God for His faithfulness to His people.







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