Genesis 19

25 Jan

As my head gets clearer and my cold disappears I am inspired to read and write once again. I do however want to make something clear ( hahaha) before I continue, I am not a bible scholar of any sort I do not have any degrees in bible theology. What I do have is a passion to learn about the Bible, a heart to share what I have read, and a handy guide or two to help me out along the way! Please feel free to e-mail me with questions or concerns.

okay now to today’s reading in the Bible, Genesis 19. Well now this is an interesting piece of Scripture to return to. Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed. If you remember or if you would like to read Wrong Choices from January 11th Mom’s Devotional Reading. Sodom and Gomorrah had lists of wrong choices that were completed there. So many of them difficult to read about. Here is a summary of what is going on here in Genesis 18 and 19.

Sodom was one of a group of five towns: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, and Zoar. This region is also referred to as “the Cities of the Plain”since they were all situated on the plain of the Jordan River.Abram’s nephew chose to live in Sodom, because of the location of good grazing for his flocks.
In Genesis 18 God sends three men, thought by most commentators to have been angels appearing as men to Abraham. After receiving the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah, his wife, God reveals to Abraham that he will investigate Sodom and Gomorrah, because their cry is great, “and because their sin is really bad. In response, Abraham reverently inquires of God if he would spare the city if fifty righteous people were found in it, then forty-five, then thirty, then twenty or even ten, with God affirming he would not destroy it after each request, for the sake of the righteous yet dwelling therein. The two angels of God proceed to Sodom and are met by Abraham’s righteous Lot, who constrains the angels to lodge with him, and they eat with his family.
Genesis 19:4-5 describes what followed, which confirms the verdict as to the sin of Sodom and its end. 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; and they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them. In response, Lot refuses to give his guests to the inhabitants of Sodom, and instead offers them his two virgin daughters to “do to them whatever you like (that is just plain awful) However, they refuse this offer, and threaten to do worse to Lot than they would have done to his guests, and press sore upon him. Lot’s angelic guests rescue him, and strike the men with blindness. They then command Lot to gather his family and leave, revealing that they were sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. As they make their escape the angels command Lot and his family not to look back under any circumstance. However as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with fire and brimstone by God, Lot’s wife looks back longingly at the city, and becomes a pillar of salt.

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned in other places throughout the Old and New Testament, in association with sins of omission and commission, and of the heart as well as the flesh, and is often used as an example of judgment of the wicked.

Blessings to you and yours until tomorrow,

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