March 30, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 19 (ESV)

The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” 3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” 6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly… Continue Reading

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  1. Hard to believe that Lot hesitated knowing that God is doing so major clean up with burning sulfur ! The pillar that stands does look like a women. Interesting marker.

  2. After “sleeping in” until 7am this morning, I opened my eyes, then my Bible and read Genesis chapter 19. What a way to wake up! I’ve read this before but it never gets any easier. I think that’s the point.

    Sodom’s sinful reputation is well established throughout the Word of God. The Lord said through the prophet Ezekiel, ” And your elder sister is Samaria, who lived with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you, is Sodom with her daughters. 47 Not only did you walk in their ways and do according to their abominations; within a very little time you were more corrupt than they in all your ways. 48 As I live, declares the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. 49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it” (Ezekiel 16:46-50).

    Jesus said of Sodom in Luke 17:28-30, “Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

    2 Peter 2:6-10 says, “if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.”

    Genesis 19 provides more than a glimpse of just how corrupt the people of Sodom actually were. It’s hard to image how after all the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house, threatened to rape the “two angels” that were visiting Lot, and after Lot offers his two daughters as “replacements” so the men can “do to them as you please” that there would be any delay in leaving this depraved place, right?

    Well, no . . .

    “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.” 16 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 19:15-16).

    Okay, now that they’ve escaped God’s judgement and destruction of Sodom, things will be better now, right?

    Well, no . . .

    I guess what happens in Sodom doesn’t stay in Sodom.

  3. Today I started reading Hebrews in preparation for our next women’s Bible Study. I decided to read every corresponding Old Testament passage that Paul (if he is the author of Hebrews) references: Psalm 110, Psalm 2, 2 Samuel 7:14, Deuteronomy 32:43, Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 102:25-27 and Psalm 103:20.

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