Lot; Genesis 18&19

I don’t know if you ever heard of the story of Lot? It’s a cautionary tale that is often referred to warn of the punishment of sin. If we take a look into Lot’s history we find that Lot was travelling in Canaan with his uncle Abram (later referred to as the famous Abraham) and there was a dispute between the servants of Lot and those of Abram. This caused them to split up. Lot chose to stay in the rich fertile land near the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and Abram moved to the barren lands on the opposite side. God blessed Abram abundantly and Lot prospered where he was, but Lot had no idea what the future held for him. God was use him as a witness as one of the most violent miracles recorded.

So what happened to Lot? The Bible gives us quite an apt description. It says, “And righteous Lot vexed his soul daily.” This phrase in the context is referring to the sin that was happening in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God saw what was going in those two cities and He saw Lot was righteous. God proceeded to send two “messengers of God”, as the Bible says, to Lot. Lot made the messengers comfortable, gave them something to drink, something to eat and then sat down to talk with them. This would not be as simple as it seemed, because the men in the city wanted Lot to give them these men that God had sent and Lot refused. He pleaded with them and even tried to negotiate with them, but they would not listen. These messengers of God pulled Lot back into the house, shut the door and then proceeded to blind the men of the city. These men had told Lot who they were and Who had sent them and Lot listened intently, knowing God was about to speak. “Lot,” they began, “The Lord God has cursed these cities and He will destroy them with fire and everyone in them, except for you, Lot.” Lot was terrified, but what Lot didn’t know was that his uncle Abram had already pleaded for God to spare the righteous men in that city. You can find this conversation in Genesis 18v23-32. God saw that Lot was scared and the messengers said to him, “Do not be afraid. Pack up your house, your wife, your two daughters and leave. God is going send fire from heaven and completely burn up these cities because of their wickedness. Leave and do not even look behind you. JUST RUN!” Lot was dumbstruck–God was going to destroy two cities. His wife, two daughters and himself would be the only survivors of so many people. The two messengers saw that Lot was taking too long and they grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand and his two daughter’s hands and rushed them out of the city before they were destroyed with it. Now God told Lot to escape to the mountains so that he wouldn’t be destroyed, but Lot was scared that something would happen to his family if they went into the mountains. Now it just happened that there was a small city nearby called Zoar and Lot said, “Can I go to the city of Zoar and live there since it will be safer?” God allowed him to move there and they fled. While the Lord rained down fire and brimstone from heaven, Job’s wife looked behind her and, right there and then, was turned into a pillar of salt. Job fled into Zoar, but he became scared and instead fled into the mountains of Zoar with his two daughters.

It says later on in chapter 19 God remembered that He had told Abram what was happening and God knew that he would be worried about Lot, so God told Abram that Lot and his family was safe and that Abram needn’t worry anymore.

This story is so amazing. It speaks of how as God’s children we are delivered from His wrath. Because of the cross we are saved by His amazing, boundless and unconditional love.

If you are in a bad place either physically or emotionally call out to God wherever you are and He will save you. God loves you already where you are and He’s waiting for you to call out to Him. If you don’t know what to say, don’t worry. Simply ask Him to save you and He will. There are no long fancy prayers that you need to pray, just ask Him.

God bless all of you, my precious avids😇💖 Have a lovely afternoon.

Paradise Lost; John Milton

https://christianindex.org/bible-study-for-march-15-salvation/

Excerpt pages 62 – 63; Book III.

“…But yet all is not done; Man disobeying,

Disloyal, breaks his fealty, and sins

Against the high supremacy of Heaven,

Affecting God-head, and, so losing all,

To expiate his treason hath nought left,

But to destruction sacred and devote,

He, with whole posterity, must die,

Did he or justice must; unless for him

Some other able, and as willing, pay

The rigid satisfaction, death for death.

Say, heavenly Powers, where shall we find such love?

Which of you will be mortal, to redeem

Man’s mortal crime, and just to unjust to save?

Dwells in all Heaven charity so dear?”

He ask’d, but all the Heavenly: on Man’s behalf

Patron or intercessour none appear’d,

Much less that durst upon his own head draw

The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.

And now without redemption all mankind

Must have been lost, adjudg’d to Death and Hell

By doom severe, had not the Son of God,

In whom the fulness dwells of love divine,

His dearest mediation thus renew’d.

“Father, thy word is past, Man shall find grace;

And shall grace not find means, that find her way,

The speediest of thy winged messengers,

To visit all thy creatures, and to all

Comes unprevented, unimplor’d, unsought?

Happy for man, so coming; he her aid

Can never seek, once dead in sins, and lost;

Atonement for himself, or offering meet,

Indebted and undone, hath none to bring;

Behold me then: me for him, life for life

I offer: on me let thine anger fall;

Account me Man; I for his sake will leave

Thy bosom, and this glory next to thee

Freely put off, and for himlastly die

Well, pleased; on me let Death wreak all his rage.

Under his gloomy power I shall not long

Lie vanquished. Thou hast given me to possess

Life in myself for ever; by thee I live;

Though now to Death I yield, and am his due,

All that of me can die, yet that debt paid,

Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave

His prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul

For ever with corruption there to dwell

But I shall rise victorious and subdue

My vanquisher, spoiled of his vaunted spoil

Death his death’s wound shall then receive and stoop

Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarmed;

I thought the ample air in triumph high

Shall lead Hell captive maugre Hell, and show

The powers of darkness bound. Thou, at the sight

Pleased, out of Heaven shalt look down and smile,

While, by thee raised, I ruin all my foes;

Death last, and with his carcass glut the grave;

Then, with the multitude of my redeemed,

Shall enter Heaven, long absent, and return,

Father, to see thy face, wherein no cloud

Of anger shall remain, but peace assured

And reconcilement: wrath be no more

Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.

The above is Christ’s plan of salvation and the sacrifice He made for YOU AND ME. He loves us so much that from the very beginning He knew He would have to leave his home, his Father and die for OUR sin.

God bless you all, my darling avidReaders.