Remnants of Sodom and Gomorrah – Archaeologist tell us is now at the bottom of a sea.
1 The two angels came to Sodom at evening. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face to the earth,
They said, “No, but we will stay in the street all night.”
3 He urged them greatly, and they came in with him, and entered into his house. He made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. 5 They called to Lot, and said to him, “Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them.”
6 Lot went out to them, and shut the door after him. 7 He said, “Please, my brothers, don’t act so wickedly. 8 See now, I have two virgin daughters. Please let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them what seems good to you. Only don’t do anything to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
9 They said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one fellow came in to live as a foreigner, and he appoints himself a judge. Now will we deal worse with you, than with them!” They pressed hard on the man Lot, and came near to break the door. 10 But the men reached out their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. 11 They struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12 The men said to Lot, “Do you have anybody else here? Sons-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whoever you have in the city, bring them out of the place: 13 for we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before Yahweh that Yahweh has sent us to destroy it.”
14 Lot went out, and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters, and said, “Get up! Get out of this place, for Yahweh will destroy the city.”
But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be joking. 15 When the morning came, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, “Get up! Take your wife, and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” 16 But he lingered; and the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and his two daughters’ hands, Yahweh being merciful to him; and they took him out, and set him outside of the city. 17 It came to pass, when they had taken them out, that he said, “Escape for your life! Don’t look behind you, and don’t stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be consumed!”
18 Lot said to them, “Oh, not so, my lord. 19 See now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your loving kindness, which you have shown to me in saving my life. I can’t escape to the mountain, lest evil overtake me, and I die. 20 See now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there (isn’t it a little one?), and my soul will live.”
21 He said to him, “Behold, I have granted your request concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22 Hurry, escape there, for I can’t do anything until you get 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 Yahweh rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from Yahweh out of the sky. 25 He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before Yahweh. 28 He looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and looked, and saw that the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 When God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the middle of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.
30 Lot went up out of Zoar, and lived in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to live in Zoar. He lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31 The firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in to us in the way of all the earth. 32 Come, let’s make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve our father’s family line†.” 33 They made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father. He didn’t know when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34 It came to pass on the next day, that the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine again, tonight. You go in, and lie with him, that we may preserve our father’s family line.‡” 35 They made their father drink wine that night also. The younger went and lay with him. He didn’t know when she lay down, nor when she got up. 36 Thus both of Lot’s daughters were with child by their father. 37 The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38 The younger also bore a son, and called his name Ben Ammi. He is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.
Thoughts for the Day
There were three men who had supper with Abraham in chapter 18. The men went to Sodom Genesis 18:16, and Verse 17 God stayed behind with Abraham. Immediately in chapter 19, verse one we are told the two angels arrived at Sodom’s Gate. Where did the third man go? Since these two turned out to be angels, was the third one who stayed back: God in person? Some Prophet types say they were shown that this third man was Melkezideck and that this is one case of him showing up in an unnamed fashion. Since, I only have the text at hand, I have to believe that one of the three men got lost on the way to Sodom, or that the third man is actually God. I wish I had an orthodox Jewish rabbi and historian at hand right now. Since I don’t, I am leaning toward the missing Man a being an angel with another job to do.
The angels are greeted by Lot on their arrival. Lot, at this point I do not believe, knew them to be angels. Since it was getting on evening, and he knew them to strangers and Sodom not to be the best neighborhood, feared for their safety. Lot was a good man in dreadful town. He convinced them to stay with him during the night. Remember, these angels are here to determine who has been naughty, and who has been nice. Is Lot ever put to the test!
Some countries tolerate Gay and Lesbian behavior, some have legalized gay marriage, and this country finally got to the point of turning a blind eye to gay rape (Aka in the U.S. courts today define this as “Sodomy”). Their culture finally deteriorated to a culture of government ignored and citizen accepted sexual violence. If you think homosexual violence had nothing to do with this event, think again. Reread verse 4 -8. These men wanted to rape and kill the men! They would not accept the girls they were offered. “4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. 5 They called to Lot, and said to him, “Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them.”” Verse 8- 8 See now, I have two virgin daughters” I can’t imagine letting any creep touch my daughters no matter how badly I wanted to protect the visitors. I would have found any alternate solution other than that one.
Many argue, that this scripture has nothing to do with Sodom being destroyed due to Homosexual behavior. They are partially right, Sodom was not destroyed just because of Homosexual behavior. It was destroyed because the men had no goodness in them, happened to be open homosexuals, and would kill innocent people to demonstrate that they held the ultimate power. If one reads psychological reports of rapist today, he would see that components which drives men today to rape; they are some of the same components demonstrated by the men of Sodom. Through history, it has been known that homosexual rape was a prime factor in the destruction of Sodom. That is why we have the old term “Sodomy” in our legal books. For those that want to argue in favor of a gay life style, this chapter does not help, please stop misquoting it and using it. Argue the authenticity of the Bible. Arguing the text is saying something it is not seems rather dishonest.
People ask why does God hate Gay’s and Lesbians? The answer is God does not hate these people, they are his creation as much as anyone else. God did however design mankind to grow and maintain in population. These alternate life styles are contrary to God’s plan. That makes these lifestyles a sin in the eyes of God. People who choose to nurture the desire to live contrary to God’s plan are sinning against God. The sin is in saying God, I know better than you. It is a lack of trust. Not sinning is hard, we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. People who have sex before marriage sin against God, Divorce is a sin, and as Christ points out violating the laws of your government is sin. Unless we come to Christ, turn from our sins, and trust him we are doomed in the end. People not covered by God’s grace have no hope in eternity. If your wondering about this, sin and plan of redemption, we will eventually get there. In this case, spoilers are OK, so go ahead and get a Bible out and read the book of John, it sums up God’s plan for our salvation very nicely.
Fortunately for Lot’s daughters these men only wanted to molest other men and refused the girls. I think we are told about Lots daughters to underscore the fact that these men were homosexual and violent. This passage was designed to be an object lesson for all generations to come. Sadly, this problem is not unknown to us today. Young men have been taken advantage of by coaches and priests. I am sure there are many instances of this going on right now while you are reading this paragraph.
Our society is quickly making its way to the society of Sodom. Christian’s don’t speak their minds because they will be ridiculed, and even imprisoned in some countries. We turn a blind eye, saying it’s not my problem. I am not doing these evil things. This attitude allows us to comfortably watch the world come to CHAOS, as we praise God, and help him bring it to and end. (Remember what we talked about in the earlier chapters about helping God?).
When our time is done, what are we going to say to God, when he asks us what we did with the powers he gave us? Are we going to say we went to church and tithed? Then he is going to say, what did you do to slow the progression of wickedness? and to spread my Gospel? We as Christian’s need to stand up and be counted among our brothers in arms. Lest we end up with a country like Iran, Egypt, Syria, China, North Korea, and Libya; where Christian’s are currently being rounded up by the hundreds and thousands. Christian’s are being commanded to cease and desist or pay the price. (Jail, and execution if they are lucky). If we fail to care, and fail to recognize, support, and fund those that are working in our government that protect our values, our churches, helping our streets, and get in the trenches ourselves; we are next!
Back to Genesis 19, “13 for we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before Yahweh that Yahweh has sent us to destroy it.” These men’s depraved actions were all it took for the angels to decided that Sodom and Gomorrah were not worth saving. In the end God’s Angels got Lot out of Sodom. Only his wife and two daughters made it out alive. In Verse 26, Lots wife demonstrates that her heart is in Sodom, disobeys God, and is destroyed. Lot, was primarily in my opinion saved because of Abraham, as demonstrated in Verse 29.
Now, Verse 31, gets rather interesting. Lots Daughters apparently do not believe they will ever get married and have children. The fruit does not seem to fall far from the tree! These girls decide they can remedy the reproduction issue and get Lot drunk, and have sex with him! The verses say that during each of the two nights that the ladies did this Lot was completely unaware. (Was this supernatural? A man can do this to woman, but last I knew, in order for sex to occur a guy had to be sober enough to participate, otherwise not much will get accomplished, organ fails when drunk.). The fact that they had sex even though they were his daughters does not seem to deviate widely from Lot and Abraham’s family choices in these matters historically. These verses, indicate Lot was unaware that the ladies even entered his presence while he was sleeping much less used his stud services. Verse 36, says each lady became pregnant by him, and makes no note of him being disturbed by them suddenly being pregnant. Was he afraid to ask how this came about? Did he assume the girls partied to efficiently in Zoar?
Biblically, there were no prohibitions against his daughters sleeping with him at this point. God will later introduce these rules. Some use this verse to tell us that Homosexuality is no different that any other relationship in the Bible. They point out relationships like this one, and tell Christian’s, they have no right to preach against Homosexuality. This argument, misses the bigger picture of scripture, and is developed through wishful thinking. As we go through scripture, some relations that we have seen to date are specifically approved by God. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Lot and his wife. Other relations just happened, but were not sanctioned; Abraham and Hagar – (Caused problems for Abraham), Lot, and his daughters. Later God will get more specific, as his people, they obviously need help in knowing who they can have relations with.
Genesis is an important book laying the foundation for the entire Old Testament which is key to understanding the New Testament or covenant we have with God. It is imperative that we understand the Old Testament. Without the Old Testament, we cannot begin to understand the New Testament. The New covenant we have with God, would never have the value and joy that it gives us. I, for one, am glad Christ came and cemented the New covenant with us, it is hard to imagine living without the permanent sacrifice we have in Jesus. We have responsibilities to God, that can really only be understood by learning the old covenant God made with his people in the Old Testament. The adage holds true here as well in our government, and families. “Those who do not know their history will be doomed to repeat it”
Have a wonderful day, and know that God loves you and has given you great power, from which he expects great things….