Today's passage: Genesis 19:1-22
- In the city of Sodom, Lot “pressed” these men (The angels) strongly not to stay in the town square overnight because he knew what would happen if they did. It didn't matter, word of new visitors made its way around and all the men of the city came anyway.
- The depiction of the wickedness of the men of the city is startling:
- They all (In one accord) desired to commit homosexual sin (Even rape) against these two visitors.
- They were willing to break down Lot's door to take them by force.
- Even after they were miraculously struck with blindness, they fought over each other, straining to find and reach for the door, still trying to break in, until they wore themselves out.
- When the angels made it clear what was about to happen, Lot and his family lingered around. The angels had to physically remove them from the city. When they did, it was because the Lord was being merciful to Him (Verse 16).
Questions to consider:
- In what ways did Lot show similarities to Abraham in his reception of his visitors (See the previous chapter)? In what ways did Lot show a double-mindedness in whatever attachment he had to this city? What in the world would have compelled him to offer his own daughters to this abuse? What would have caused him to linger?
- How did these men who were betrothed to Lot's daughters treat the news of their coming judgment? What effect did their opinions have on the reality of the situation? What was the result of their decision? What ended up happening to them?
- Do the sins we read about in this chapter still happen in the world today? What will God do about it in the end (2 Peter 2:4-10)? Why have we (Born again Christians) been spared from God's judgment (Romans 8:1-4)? What is our mission between now and when Jesus (And His judgment) comes (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)?