Genesis 19:15–22 (ESV)
God Rescues Lot (Part 4)
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.
Lot knew the Lord, but when he moved to the Sodom area, it didn’t take long for him to be influenced by the lifestyle that he moved into the
city. He even goes so far to offer the men of the city his virgin daughters to do with them as they seemed pleased, so you can see how the world was changing Lot. He becomes so accustomed to the lifestyle in Sodom that he didn’t want to leave
the city. It says that the angels took him by force: “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.” This reminds me that
we are living in the world, but we are not to be part of the world. We live and walk according to God’s ways, not man’s. Well, Sodom and Gomorrah get destroyed. I have heard people say “What did Jesus say about homosexuality?
Nothing! Well that’s not true! Let’s hear what Jesus did say about it:
whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house
is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave
that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.”
So actually, Jesus did address the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.
I pray: O
Lord, help me to not conform to the ways of the world, but to walk according to your ways. Amen.