Genesis 13:10-13: The lust of the eyes

“10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodomand Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodomwere wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” NIV


May God help us to live with insight (13) and not merely sight (10). We need to be able to see through to what lies beneath – to see how hollow and superficial and vile things can be just below the surface. Superficially, ‘Vanity Fair’ can seem bustling, attractive and exciting, until you spend time there. Then you realise it doesn’t live up to its glossy publicity

‘All that glitters is not gold.’ Lot saw the garden, but he did not smell the smoke (10, c.f.19:28)!

‘Lot had a tent but no altar (Gen.13:5), which meant he did not call on the Lord in making decisions (James 1:5). Instead of lifting up his eyes to heaven, Lot lifted up his eyes to the plain of Jordan (Gen.13:10) and stopped there. The eyes see what the heart loves. Abraham had taken Lot out of Egypt, but he could not take Egypt out of Lot. Outlook helps to determine outcome…First, Lot looked toward Sodom (Gen.13:10); then he moved toward Sodom (13:11-12); and finally, he moved into Sodom (14:12). Instead of being a pilgrim who made progress, Lot regressed into the world and away from God’s blessing (Ps.1:1). He ‘’journeyed east’’ (Gen.13:11) and turned his back on Bethel (‘’house of God’’) and toward Ai (‘’ruins’’; see 12:8). The people in Sodom may not have appeared wicked to Lot, but they were wicked as far as God is concerned, and His evaluation is all that matters.’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘The Wiersbe Bible Commentary (OT), p.62.

‘’Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires will pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.’’ 1 John 2:15-17.

PRAYER: Lord please give me eyes to see things clearly, and to be able to make wise decisions as a result.