Genesis 19: A Trajectory Changing Decision

Genesis chapter 19 opens with a seemingly innocent encounter, a moment that leads to a single decision that alters a person's life trajectory. Verses 1-3 state, "The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. My lords, he said, please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet, spend the night, and then go on your way early in the morning. No, they answered, we will spend the night in the square. But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for the baking bread without yeast, and they ate." How quickly things can change, in the blink of an eye, your world can turn upside down, an unforeseen accident or another life-altering change occurs without warning. Verses 4-5 state, "Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom, both young and old, surrounded the house. They called to Lot, where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them. Lot went outside to meet them, shut the door behind him, and said No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing." Have you ever tried to reason with a person that believes they are right? Proverbs 18:2 puts it this way "Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions." The next step is generally to bargain or try to make a deal. Let's see how that works out for Lot in verses 8-10, "Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof. Get out of the way; they replied this fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We will treat you worse than them. They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door." The need to satisfy the flesh is strong. The word of God states in James 1:14-15, "But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desires and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, give birth to death." As the chapter continues, note the manifestation of God's judgment. We serve a just God. We can trust Him because His word does not change, including his mercy and grace for those of us who choose to serve Him. This may sound harsh and may even offend some. Proverbs 27:6 puts it this way "wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses." God's faithfulness to His children is intertwined throughout His word. Luke 15:4 is one of the many reminders of His faithfulness, "suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?" I encourage you to read the entire chapter. Remember from Lot's line came the Moabites (v37), and out of the line of the Moabites came Ruth (Ruth 4:17), a gentile who is in the line of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. God's providential blessings are entwined throughout this chapter, and please do not miss it by allowing sin to steal the show.

Remember God Loves You and So, do I

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