Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks, and herds, and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together… So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord. Genesis 13:5,6,11-13
Abram wanted Lot to choose a place to live, after the herdsmen quarreled, and there was not enough room for the possessions each had. Whatever way Lot went, Abram would go the opposite. Lot saw a beautiful, well-watered land in the plain of Jordan, and so he chose that garden-like setting for his home.
Evil people lived near where Lot pitched his tent. God was planning to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Two angels personally visited Lot’s home, and the men of Sodom, even young ones, wanted to assault them. Lot tried to appease this large group that had gathered outside his door, and wanted to send out his daughters for them to do as they pleased. The men of the city did’t want Lot’s daughters, they wanted to break down Lot’s door. The angels who were inside Lot’s home blinded the group of men outside. Lot was told by the angels that he needed to leave Sodom so he wouldn’t be destroyed. Lot lingered.The angels actually had to grab Lot, his wife, and daughters, and drag them from the city.
When they were outside the city, the angels told them to flee to the mountains, so they wouldn’t be consumed. Lot started to argue with the angels, telling them to let him go to a nearby city instead, because it was closer. He didn’t seem to know the severity of the destruction God planned.
Before Lot and his daughters were escorted from the city, Lot tried to warn the men that were married to his two daughters, that they needed to leave, but they mocked him. God rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and overthrew all the cities of the plain. Smoke went up from the plain like smoke from a furnace.
What Lot was expecting to be a great place to live, ended up in total destruction. The men, who were married to Lot’s daughters, chose to stay in Sodom when they were warned to leave, Lot’s wife chose to look back, instead of keeping her eyes focused on the goal ahead of getting to safety. Choices are really important. They should be taken seriously, especially when we are warned that something could happen. Sometimes we don’t get second chances.
In comparison, Abram immediately left home when God told him to. Lot, when he is warned though, has to be dragged away. He argues with the angels who have been sent to help him. What a difference in attitude toward God, these two men have.
Lot had a hard time leaving his possessions, his home, and the life he built, even when he knew of the danger he was in. He escaped with his life and two daughters. Later, his daughters each bore a son by him. They got Lot drunk, and they slept with their father.
Did living in that sinful place wear off on the daughters? Did they think sleeping with their father was the right thing to do? They were living in a cave. The daughters were desperate. They didn’t think there was a living soul that would have anything to do with them. Desperation can make people do wrong things.
The two sons were named Moab and Ammon. They are the Moabites and Ammonites of the Bible. In the book of Ruth, Ruth was from Moab. She is David’s great, great, grandmother. Ruth is in the lineage of Jesus. God can even use the wrong things we’ve done for His good purpose.
This story is about God being merciful and forgiving, and that He is also a judge, and will not put up with wickedness forever. He saves, and sometimes even sends angels to drag us out of harm’s way. What a great and awesome God!
Dear Lord, please use my past mistakes for Your good, and forgive me. Help me to make good choices. When you warn me, help me to follow Your directions. Thank you!