Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018.04.11 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 19:30-38

Questions for Littles: Where did Lot go from Zoar? Where did he dwell? Who was with him? Why did he move? Where did they dwell? Who told to whom the idea in v31-32? What did they not have in the cave (v31)? What did they know they would have to do to their father to make him commit such a great wickedness (v32)? What did Lot not know in v33 and again in v35? What two peoples came out of this? 
In the passage for this week’s Old Testament reading, we find that although Lot was able to get his daughters out of Sodom, he was not able to get Sodom out of his daughters. They come up with a plan of great wickedness, and the Moabites and Ammonites would go on to be a great torment to Israel for more than a thousand years.

It didn’t have to be this way. Lot chose to make his family’s dwelling in the cities, and in the city of Sodom itself. He could have gone elsewhere and trusted the Lord. He could even have sold off his livestock and remained with godly Abraham. Among all the godly men trained up in his household, how many good suitors there might have been for the daughters of Lot!

Of course, Lot knew this. After his Sodom experience, it wasn’t long before he noticed the immorality of the people of Zoar. He reasoned that this city’s days were numbered as well, and so he was afraid to stay there.

Now what does he do? If only he had gone to live with Abraham! Instead, he literally runs for the hills and moves into a cave with his daughters. It is there that their moral upbringing in Sodom finds occasion to display itself.

We may think that we are getting our children education opportunity. Or financial opportunity. Or social opportunity. But let us never do so at the cost of making the wicked into their constant companions. We may, too late, get our children away from the evil, only to find it now impossible to get the evil out of our children!

I suppose that it was to Lot’s credit that his daughters knew that they would have to get him passed-out drunk before he would allow them to be immoral with him. But, let’s not give him too much of that credit.

After all, shouldn’t his righteousness have included being unwilling to drink enough that he would begin to compromise his judgment? Let alone drinking enough not to know that someone was laying with him or what was happening?

We are reminded of Noah and begin to note that here is a place where many otherwise godly men have fallen. Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls! 2Peter 2:7-9, which reminds us that Lot was righteous and godly, glares like a neon warning sign here. Let no man think himself strong enough to dabble with the sin of drunkenness!!
With which of the two great sin-dangers in this passage are you uncareful?
Suggested songs: ARP1 “How Blessed the Man” or HB300 “Take Time to Be Holy”

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