Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mar 4: Genesis 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 19. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Today’s reading has some quite disturbing stuff. First, all the men in the city of Sodom wanted to brutally rape what they believed to be two men who came into town to visit Lot (Abraham’s nephew). When Lot refused they threatened him and the two angels saved Lot by blinding the men of Sodom. This unbelievable scene shows how depraved the city of Sodom had become.
  • Then we read about God destroying the city by raining sulfur down on it from heaven. This may strike you as harsh but remember these were evil people. Remember the promise God gave Abraham in the previous chapter if there had been a handful of good people God would have spared the city but there wasn’t. And the conversation Lot had with the men of Sodom was only a glimpse of how depraved these people were. So, God destroying it may sound harsh but clearly, it was justified.
  • Unfortunately, Lot’s wife didn’t follow the angel’s direction and was turned into a pillar of salt. Again this sounds like some crazy Disney movie gone bad but it really happened. We’re not sure why the angels told them not to turn around but Lot’s wife didn’t obey and reaped the consequences.
  • Lastly, we read about Lot’s daughters devising a rather disgusting plan to carry on their family line. They got their dad drunk to sleep with him and become pregnant. Which sounds extremely gross to us but apparently it was a common custom in their culture. Lot clearly wouldn’t have agreed which is why they had to get him drunk to carry out their plan.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This is a crazy chapter and the obvious take away for us is to have lives that please God. The only reason Lot was saved was in part because he wasn’t completely wicked but mainly because God favored Abraham so much that he saved his nephew. We’ll learn later that Lot’s descendants never followed God. Interestingly, the offspring of his daughter’s plan (the Moabites and Ammonites) became fierce enemies of Abraham’s descendants (the Israelites). We can also learn from this chapter that God values obedience. Lot’s wife would have lived if she had obeyed.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there anything in your life right now that you know God wants or doesn’t want you to do and you’re not doing it? Ask God to help you obey his plan for your life. It’s always easier for us to do our own thing but following God will always result in a more fulfilling life.