Last week Pastor Brent talked about Lot, and he asked us to read the story of Lot in Genesis. There are plenty of verses that jumped off of the page at me and shine a light on Lot.
Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city.
The gateway of the city was kind of like a town square today. This is where all the council of elders would meet. Lot was entrenched in the workings of Sodom. Another hint that this was the case was in verse 19:7 where he called those that came to his house “my friends” as he implored them not to defile his guests.
Later, when God was going to destroy the city, Lot was pleading with his sons-in-law to leave the city.
But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
They didn’t take him at his word; he didn’t appear to hold any credibility with them because he didn’t appear any different than the Sodomites. He himself even had second thoughts about leaving when it came time :
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his daughters and led them safely out of the city for the Lord was merciful to them.
The rescuers then told them to flee to the mountains, as the entire plain would be destroyed. Lot’s reply was, “But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me and I’ll die.” Gen 19:19. He then asked if he could go to a small town nearby and God granted Lot this request, saying that He would spare this town named Zoar.
Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.
Wow, Lot was all over the map!!! God had saved him along with his family and had honored Lot’s requests, and Lot still does not trust in the Lord. That distrust manifested in his daughters as well as they felt the need to manipulate their father to have children. These children, Moab and Ben-Ammi, fathers of the Moabites and Ammonites, were perpetual enemies of Israel.
Lessons from Lot:
Lot attempted to live his life in a city and then in a cave. We cannot become one with the world, but neither are we to flee from it. The proper balance between the city of Sodom and the cave is the tent of Abraham, Lot’s uncle. We are to live in the world, but without becoming attached to it or conformed to it. Abraham made mistakes, but learned from them, whereas Lot seemed to continue with his bad choices.
Dear Lord, help us to acknowledge when You are there for us, and help us to learn from our mistakes instead of continuing to rely on Your grace. In Jesus name, Amen!