I don’t know why I am amazed when I read something in Scripture that I had never noticed before, but I am. Many times we read something and are amazed at how God orchestrated our Bible reading for just that particular day with just that particular verse that we needed. I am reading through Genesis right now and learned something that I had glazed over or missed in the many other times I had read Genesis.
The story is in Genesis 19. God tells Abraham that He is going to destroy Sodom, and Abraham pleads with God to save it for 50 all the way down to 10 righteous people. Only there are not 10 righteous people. God sends angels to tell Lot to get his family out of Sodom since God is going to destroy it because of its great sinfulness.
“So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, ‘Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city,’ but he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. 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. 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.” (Genesis 19:14-16).
A few points to consider from this passage:
- Many times we do not heed warnings from others about the consequences of sin. Lot’s daughters were to be married. The future sons-in-law did not see the need to listen to the warning they were receiving from Lot. “A wise man will hear and will increase in learning, and a man of understanding will obtain wise counsel.” (Proverbs 1:5). These young men had spent time with Lot and his daughters and yet they had not learned anything from their time with them. “But he who hates reproof is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1). Maybe Lot and his daughters had not been good examples.
- The influence of sin is so powerful we need God’s strength through the ministry of others to pull us out. Lot and his daughters did not run when they heard the city was going to be destroyed because of its great sin. They lingered. (v. 16). Angels of the Lord had come to deliver this message of destruction, but they did not take the warning seriously. How many are in jail or have a trail of broken relationships because of sin? The warnings have been there. If it were not for the angels taking Lot and his family and “seizing them by the hand,” they would have met the same fate as the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companions of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)
- We must seek God and be careful who we allow to influence our lives. We know the rest of the story. Lot’s wife turns around, not heading the warning from the angels, and turns into a pillar of salt. Lot’s daughters, not trusting God, but rather their own sick and distorted thoughts get their father drunk and got pregnant by him. The sin of the culture in Sodom had so penetrated the hearts and minds of these women in Lot’s life that it influenced their thoughts and their actions. Sin was a greater draw than life, according to Lot’s wife’s actions. Sin was a greater draw than faith, according to Lot’s daughter’s actions.
- When sin is beckoning us, don’t linger! Rather run and grab whoever else is nearby by the hand and get them out. They may never be thankful, but it may be that the actions of one, intent on saving someone else from a poor decision, may prevent another from making a stupid mistake.
DON’T LINGER! GET OUT! DON’T LOOK BACK! GUARD YOUR MIND FROM EVIL INFLUENCES!