LOT, VISITED BY ANGELS – SODOM’s DESTRUCTION (G-19-HBS)

THE ANGELS VISIT LOT

The preceding chapter was a picture of blessed Christian fellowship with God.

But now the picture changes: We leave Hebron on the plains of Mamre where Abraham dwells and we go to the city of Sodom where Lot dwells.

In this chapter Lot leaves Sodom with his wife and two daughters, and Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed.

Lot’s wife turns to a pillar of salt, and then we have Lot’s awful sin with his two daughters.

In chapter 19 we have a picture of that which is “the blasted life.” Don’t forget that this man Lot happens to be a righteous man.

It is hard to believe that; if I had only this record in Genesis, I wouldn’t believe it.

But Simon Peter, in his epistle, says of Lot, “. . . that righteous man . . . vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds” (2 Pet. 2:8).

Lot lived in Sodom, but he never was happy there.

It was a tragic day for him when he moved to Sodom, because he lost his family—he lost all of them if you look at the total picture. It is tragic.

There are many men today who may be saved men, but due to their life style or where they live, they may lose their family, their influence, and their testimony.

THE ANGELS VISIT LOT

These two angels visit Lot in Sodom to announce judgment.

Genesis 19:1-25 KJV

[1] And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

[2] And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

[3] And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

[4] But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

[5] And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

[6] And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

[7] And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

[8] Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

[9] And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

[10] But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

[11] And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

[12] And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

[13] For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

[14] And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

[15] And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

[16] And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

[17] And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

[18] And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

[19] Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

[20] Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

[21] And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

[22] Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

[23] The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

[24] Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

[25] And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Genesis 19:1 KJV

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;


  • Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.
  • I cannot let that go by without calling attention to the fact that the ones who sat in the gate of a city were the judges.
  • This man Lot not only moved to Sodom, but he also got into politics down there.
  • Here he is, a petty judge sitting in the gate.

 

Genesis 19:2 KJV

And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.


  • These two men must have had dirty feet. Of course, if you had walked from the plains of Mamre down into Sodom wearing nothing but sandals, your feet would need washing, also.
  • Again, I call your attention to this custom of that day which was practiced by those who extended hospitality to strangers.
  • Lot was a hospitable man. When these strangers came, he invited them to his home, and they came in.
  • At first, however, they were reluctant. “And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.”
  • In other words, they said, “We’ll just stay outside. We don’t want to inconvenience you.” And they said this for a purpose, of course.

 

Genesis 19:3 KJV

And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.


  • Now these men have another feast. They had a feast with Abraham; they now have a feast with Lot.
  • They had brought out something when they said, “We’ll stay on the street and just sleep in the park,” and Lot says to them, “You don’t do that in Sodom.
  • It’s dangerous! Your life wouldn’t be worth a thing if you did that.” May I say that maybe Los Angeles ought to change its name to Sodom.
  • It would not be safe for you to sleep on the streets of Los Angeles; in fact, it is not safe at all to be on the streets of Los Angeles at night. Many women who live alone will not come out to church at night.
  • The days of Sodom and Gomorrah are here again, and practically for the same reason.
  • Lot says, “No, men, do not stay on the street. It wouldn’t be safe for you.” When he “pressed upon them,” they came in.

 

Genesis 19:4 KJV

But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:


  • This is a sickening scene which reveals the degradation of this city—the city of Sodom.

 

Genesis 19:5 KJV

And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.


  • The name that has been put on this sin from that day to this is sodomy.
  • Apparently there was no attempt made in the city of Sodom to have a church for this crowd and to tell them that they were all right in spite of the fact that they practiced this thing.
  • May I say to you that the Word of God is specific on this, and you cannot tone it down. Sodomy is an awful sin.
  • When this man Lot had gone down into the city of Sodom, he did not realize what kind of city it was—I’m sure of that.
  • He got down there and found out that perversion was the order of the day, and he brought up his children, his sons and daughters, in that atmosphere.
  • When he earlier had pitched his tent toward Sodom, he had looked down there and had seen the lovely streets and boulevards and parks and public buildings.
  • And he had seen the folk as they were on the outside, but he had not seen what they really were.
  • The sin of this city is so great that God is now going to judge it. God is going to destroy the city.
  • Let’s draw a sharp line here. There is a new attitude toward sin today.
  • There is a gray area where sin is not really as black as we once thought it was.
  • The church has compromised until it is pitiful.
  • The idea today seems to be that you can become a child of God and continue on in sin.
  • God says that is impossible—you cannot do that, and this city of Sodom is an example of that fact.
  • Paul asks the question:“Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”
  • And the answer is “God forbid,” or, Let it not be (see Rom. 6:1–2).
  • The idea that you can be a Christian and go on in sin is a tremendous mistake, especially to make light of it, as I judge is being done in this particular case.
  • This is what they were doing in Sodom and Gomorrah—and God destroyed these cities.
  • Don’t say that we have a primitive view of God in Genesis but that we have a better one today.
  • Don’t argue that, after all, Jesus received sinners. He sure did, but when He got through with them, He had changed them.
  • The harlot who came to Him was no longer in that business. When she came to God, she changed.
  • That is the thing that happened to other sinners.
  • A publican came to Him, and he left the seat of customs. He gave up that which was crooked when he came to the Lord.
  • If you have come to Christ, you will be changed.
  • My friend, we are living in a new day, but it just happens to be Sodom and Gomorrah all over again.

 

Genesis 19:6 KJV

And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,


  • The men of Sodom were outside the door, asking that these guests in the home of Lot be turned over to them.

 

Genesis 19:7 KJV

And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.


  • Lot said, “I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.”
  • That is the way Lot looked at it, and he had been down there in Sodom a long time.
  • It wasn’t new morality to him; it was just old sin.

 

Genesis 19:8 KJV

Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.


  • When a man entertained a guest in that day, he was responsible for him.
  • Lot was willing to make this kind of sacrifice to protect his guests!

 

Genesis 19:9 KJV

And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.


  • “And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: . . .” You see, Lot was advancing in the political arena there.

 

Genesis 19:10 KJV

But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:11 KJV

And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.


  • If Lot’s guests had not done this, both they and Lot would have been destroyed, because that was the intention of the men of Sodom.

 

Genesis 19:12 KJV

And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:


  • Lot is in a very bad situation.
  • He had spent years down in the city of Sodom.
  • He had learned to tolerate this sort of thing, although he calls it wickedness.
  • He had seen his sons and daughters grow up, and they apparently had married among people with those ethical standards.

 

Genesis 19:13 KJV

For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.


  • When the time came that Lot got this word from the Lord to leave the city.

 

Genesis 19:14 KJV

And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.


  • Lot went to his sons-in-law and said, “Let’s get out of here. God is going to destroy this city.”
  • They laughed at him. They ridiculed him.
  • I suppose they knew that the week before Lot had invested a little money in real estate there.
  • He had lived so long as one of them, without any real difference, that they took his warning as a big joke.
  • This man was out of the will of God in this place, and he had no witness for God.
  • He did not win anybody for the Lord in this city.
  • The same principle is true today: when you go down to their level, my friend, you do not win them. I think that that is being clearly demonstrated in this hour.

Frankly, I would agree with Abraham that this man Lot wasn’t saved, but remember what Peter said: “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an en-sample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds)” (2 Pet. 2:6–8).

 

Genesis 19:15 KJV

And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.


  • I tell you, Lot never enjoyed it down there in Sodom. Now that he is going to leave the city, he cannot get anyone to leave with him except his wife and two single daughters.

 

Genesis 19:16 KJV

And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.


  • Here is a man who was God’s man in spite of everything.
  • If I only had the Book of Genesis, I am not sure I would believe that Lot was saved, but since Peter calls him a righteous man, we know that he was.
  • Lot had become righteous because he had followed Abraham—he believed God, and he had offered the sacrifices.
  • God extends mercy unto Lot, and he now believes God and gets out of the city.

 

Genesis 19:17 KJV

And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:18 KJV

And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:19 KJV

Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:


  • Even Lot didn’t want to leave. He would get out of the city, but he couldn’t make it to the mountain.

 

Genesis 19:20 KJV

Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.


  • This city was a little place called Zoar, and that is where Lot went.
  • You see, this man came out of Sodom, but he did not come clean even out of there.
  • And, of course, he got into a great deal of trouble at that particular time.

 

Genesis 19:21 KJV

And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:22 KJV

Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.


 

 

 

Genesis 19:23 KJV

The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:24 KJV

Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:25 KJV

And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESTRUCTION OF THE CITIES OF THE PLAIN

God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and we are told two things, one concerning his wife and the other concerning his daughters. Concerning his wife we read:

Genesis 19:26-38 KJV

[26] But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

[27] And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

[28] And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

[29] And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

[30] And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

[31] And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

[32] Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

[33] And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

[34] And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

[35] And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

[36] Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

[37] And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

[38] And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben–ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Genesis 19:26 KJV

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.


  • I think this verse has been greatly misunderstood.
  • Why in the world did Mrs. Lot turn and look back?
  • I think that the reason is twofold.
  • First of all, she turned and looked back because she did not want to leave Sodom. She loved Sodom.
  • She loved Lot, too, but it was a lot of Sodom that she loved. And she didn’t want to leave it.
  • She was probably a member of the country club, the sewing club, and the Shakespeare club.
  • In fact, there wasn’t a club in town that she was not a member of.
  • She just loved these little get-togethers in the afternoon.
  • I’m not sure but what they met and studied religion in a nice little religious club also.
  • She was right in the thick of it all, my friend, and she didn’t want to leave.
  • Her heart was in Sodom. Her body walked out, but she surely left her heart there.

This is a tremendous lesson for us today.

I hear a great many Christians talking about how they want to see the Lord come, but they are not living as if they mean it.

On Sunday morning, it is difficult to get them to leave their lovely home. And on Sunday night, they are not going to leave their lovely home because they love television, too.

They are going to look at the programs on Sunday night because there are some good ones then. But when the Lord comes, my friend, you are going to leave the television; you are going to leave that lovely home; you are going to leave everything.

I have just one question to ask you: Will it break your heart to leave all of this down here?

I have asked myself that question many times. To be honest with you, I am not anxious to leave. I would love to stay. I have my friends and loved ones whom I want to be with.

And I have a number of  projects that I want to continue building up.

I’ll be frank with you, I hope the Lord will just let me stay here awhile longer. But I also want to be able to say that when He does call, I will not have a thing down here which will break my heart to leave—not a thing.

I love my home too, but I would just as soon go off and leave it.

How do you feel about that today?

Mrs. Lot turned and looked back, and this is one of the explanations.

The other reason that she looked back is simply that she did not believe God. God had said, “Leave the city, and don’t look back.” Lot didn’t look back; he believed God.

But Mrs. Lot did not believe God. She was not a believer, and so she didn’t really make it out of the city. She was turned to a pillar of salt.

Lot did not do well in moving down to the city of Sodom. He lost everything except his own soul. His life is a picture of a great many people who will not judge the sins of their lives.

They are saved, “yet so as by fire.” The Lord has said in a very definite way to these folk who have put all their eggs in a basket like this that if they will not judge their sin down here, He will judge it.

Apparently, that was the case in Lot’s story.

 

Genesis 19:27 KJV

And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:


  • What did Abraham think of all this?

 

Genesis 19:28 KJV

And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.


  • When Abraham looked down toward Sodom, I think his heart was sad. I am not sure whether or not he knew that Lot had escaped. He probably learned about it later on.
  • When he looked down there, he probably was sad for Lot’s sake, but Abraham had not invested a dime down there.
  • When judgment came, it did not disturb him one whit because he wasn’t in love with the things of Sodom and the things of the world.
  • Remember that we are told, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world . . .” (1 John 2:15).

First, I look at Sodom through the eyes of Lot himself: he sure had a wrong view of it. And then of Mrs. Lot: she fell in love with it.

You can also sight-see in Sodom with Abraham: he lost nothing down there.

Finally, you can go through Sodom with the Lord and see it as He sees it. It is too bad that the church today is not looking at the sin of sodomy as God looks at it.

I do not think it is any more prevalent today than it has been in the past, but there is a tremendous percentage of our population who are homosexuals engaging in perversion.

We speak of it in a more candid manner than we ever have, and it is something that is right in our midst.

What is to be the attitude of the Christian toward homosexuality?

Even Lot in his day said, “You are doing wickedly.” And God judged it.

Isn’t it enough for the child of God to know that he cannot compromise with this type of thing?

This is a sin! The world indulges in it and then calls it a sickness. The same thing is said about the alcoholic. Sure, he’s sick. Of course, he’s sick.

But what made him take that first drink and continue to drink until he became sick?

Sin did it, my friend. Sin is the problem, and homosexuality is a sin. It is so labeled in the first chapter of Romans where God says He gave them up (see Rom. 1:18–32).

Genesis 19 is a very important chapter for this present generation in which we are living today.

 

Genesis 19:29 KJV

And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:30 KJV

And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:31 KJV

And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:32 KJV

Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:33 KJV

And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:34 KJV

And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:35 KJV

And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:36 KJV

Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:37 KJV

And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.


 

 

 

 

Genesis 19:38 KJV

And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben–ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.


 

 

 

 

 

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