The Bible teaches that God makes the rain fall on the wicked and the just. In a more modern slang and culture, we say, “Well, it is life,” or “Crap happens.” Today, we are going to take a scenic trip examining a few thoughts that will ultimately end with Christ’s redeeming blood. Even nonbelievers know generally about Abraham’s nephew Lot and where he lived. This is where we begin today. God has just told Abram his intentions concerning Sodom and Gomorrah. We now join Genesis chapter 18 already in progress:
Genesis 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Old Testament prophets were all the time questioning God, second guessing him, and even at times refused his commands. We today are the same way. We praise God for the good and question him for the bad. Until Christ returns, critics, skeptics, philosophy majors, and even some Christians will ask “why?” like Abraham. Verses 24-25 show Abraham continuing his verbal barrage.
What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
He certainly is bold speaking to the Lord. He ends with a very God like rhetorical question. Parents, if your child regardless of age spoke to you in this manner, if your child questioned you and your methods, you might have a thought to discipline said obstinate child. Again, the Creator, God Almighty shows his patience and love for us in verse 26.
The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."
Now Abraham and God converse as most of you know until God lovingly says he will not destroy the city if ten righteous people are found. Before we venture into the city, we know that ten were not found. We know that only Lot and his two daughters escaped. I am not a theologian. I will not argue whether or not Lot was righteous based upon his actions, but they will be examined.
On the thought someone reading this does not know the rundown, two angels appear in Sodom and Gomorrah. It is a place full of debauchery and sin. Lot essentially begs them to stay at his home rather than at the city square. The men of the city want to have sexual relations with the new arrivals. Lot offers his two virgin daughters to the lynch mob instead of the two beings.
It is not my place to judge. However, God spared Lot not because he won the lotto, but because of his righteousness. It was a bad call on Lot’s behalf to offer his daughters. But this is a great example to use for salvation. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. That’s you, your cousin, me and mine as well. Christ died once for all as Peter taught. He, Jesus, saves. Simple isn’t it? No one with breath is too far gone to not be saved by Christ if only they believe Him and repent. If Lot was righteous why did he choose to live in a sinful place? I cannot accurately answer that other than to say that God places people where he wants them. It was no accident hat Lot was there. Perhaps Lot was a part of a lesson God was teaching Abraham about mercy and grace.
Jesus Christ died for the world. May we never hear this and take it as a cliché, but we are the world as the song lyric deems. If the world was empty except for you and Christ, he would have still died so you would not have to spend eternity away from the Father in Hell.
So the angels told Lot to take his people and those people connected to him and get out. Lot went to his sons-in-law. The sons-in-law thought he was joking. Lot and Noah have that in common. For one hundred twenty years Noah built the ark on dry land. He was laughed at no doubt like Lot. Today Christian missionaries are not laughed at, but tortured, imprisoned, and killed for the name of Christ and proclaiming the Gospel. There is a big divide between the two. Christians in America have not yet been punished like the missionaries in third world countries, but we can relate to Lot in the sense that we warn others about the penalty of sin, Hell, and dying without the Lord knowing you intimately. We know what it is like to try to get others to believe in the Gospel message.
With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished."
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!"
Lot was given the easy task of escaping with a police escort so to speak. Before the escort out of town, the angels warned them to leave or be swept up when the punishment came. That IS the same as the redeeming message of Christ, the Good News. Mastercard’s slogan is “Don’t Leave Home Without it. The Gospel Message’s 2009 slogan should be: Christ: Don’t leave earth without Him knowing you.
It’s metaphor time kids! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! After we are saved from destruction, that is, let me say it like so: after we accept Christ’s sacrifice and make Him lord of our life, we like Lot don’t look back at the old life on the plain because we are new creatures, creations in Christ. We no longer will desire the old ways if Christ is really the center of our life. If we look back then BAM! We will not lose our salvation, nor will we turn to salt (hopefully), but we will have a hard time fellowshipping and worshipping God if our heart is not centered on Him.