Saturday, January 21, 2017

God as Judge

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Read: Genesis 19:12-29

TO CHEW ON: "The two men said to Lot, 'Do you have anyone else here...? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.'” Genesis 19:12,13

When the two angels got to Sodom they met Lot at the city gate. He invited them to stay at his home for the night. But even there the visitors didn’t escape the violence of the city.

Soon a crowd of men was banging on Lot’s door. They wanted to abuse the two angels - who they thought were ordinary men. When Lot went out to calm them, they threatened him. They were about to break down his door when the angels pulled him into the house and made the men go blind.

“Do you have anyone else here that belongs to you?” the angels asked Lot. He talked to the young men who were engaged to his daughters. But when he told them God would destroy the city, they thought he was joking.

Before dawn the next morning, the angels pulled Lot and his family out of bed. “Hurry! Get out of the city,” they said. “God is going to completely destroy it!”

In the picture Lot and his family are running away from Sodom. But someone looked back. Who was it? What happened to her? (Genesis 12:26)

Lot and his family fleeing Sodom - Artist unknown
Lot and his family fleeing Sodom - Artist unknown
God had promised to spare the city if there were ten good people in it. How many good people were found? (Genesis 19:16)

What did Lot see when he got to Zoar and looked back at Sodom? (Genesis 19:24)
God destroyed the city but saved Lot’s life. Why?(Genesis 19:29)

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to remember that You are a holy God who punishes sin. Amen.

MORE: Sodom’s Sins

The Bible doesn't tell us the specific sins of Sodom that were so awful God wanted to destroy the city. After reading Genesis 19:5-7 and 19:9-14 what do you think the sins of Sodom were?


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