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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018.04.04 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 19:12-29

Questions for Littles: What did the “men” ask Lot (v12)? What they tell him to do with them? What were they going to do to the place (v13)? Why? What did his sons-in-law think of this warning (v14)? When did the “angels” urge lot to get up and go (v15)? Why (end of v15)? What did Lot do (v16)? What did the “men” do? Why? What did He say to Lot in v17? Why didn’t Lot think he could make it to the mountains (v19)? What did he ask for in v20? What does He say to him about that city in v21? Why? Who was going to destroy the city (v22)? Who rains down brimstone and fire (v24)? Who looks back (v26)? What happens to her? Who else goes out early in the morning (v27)? To what place does he go? Toward where does he look (v28)? What does he see? Why did God send Lot out of the cities (v29)?
In the passage for this week’s Old Testament reading, we see the covenant mercies of God toward His people for His mediator’s sake.

First, we see that these are covenant mercies. The language of God “remembering” Abraham is covenant language. It’s not just saying that God didn’t suffer a case of forgetfulness. It’s saying that God was acting upon His established relationship with Abraham.

Also, the fact that it is specifically Abraham that God is “remembering” here reminds us that this is covenantal. Though the Lord tells us in Peter that Lot was righteous, he is presented here as having a federal representative stand for him: Abraham.

But, in noticing that this is covenantal mercy, let us not forget that this is mercy!
v16 announces the reason for the hand-holding, arm-pulling urgency: Yahweh was being merciful to him. Lot acknowledges that this is grace (favor) and mercy in v19? The Lord tells him that He has graced (favored) him, v19.

Later, in 2Peter 2:7-9, the Lord will give His own authoritative application of this passage to us: the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under their punishment.

This is especially true for us now, because we have infinitely better than Abraham for covenant Mediator now. We have the Lord Jesus Christ!
What is God remembering when He remembers His covenant with you in Jesus? What trouble do you currently find yourself in that He is saving you out of?
Suggested songs: ARP196 “Waiting for the Lord” or HB369 “How Firm a Foundation”

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