Genesis 19:4-13: Which Bible are you reading?

“4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old – surrounded the house. They called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.’ Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, ‘No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.’ ‘Get out of our way,’ they replied. ‘This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.’ They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. 10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. 12 The two men said to Lot, ‘Do you have anyone else here – sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.’” NIV UK

A famous preacher was quoted as saying words to the effect that if God does not judge America, He will have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah. It was a graphic way of making his point. The same thing could be said with reference to the entire western world – for starters. In reading this story, the predominant sin of Sodom is obvious. It is also clear that the judgment of God fell on the city because of it. When some professing Christians say they read their Bibles, but can’t see what’s the big deal with this kind of behaviour, I have to wonder, ‘Exactly which Bible are you reading?’ Genesis 19 is NOT advocating such conduct.

What a contradiction Lot is. Part of eastern hospitality included a strong sense of the duty to protect one’s guests. But how could a father treat his daughters in such a careless fashion? Lot was a foreigner in Sodom, as was pointed out to him. But too much of that city had entered his own soul. He was a deeply compromised man.

‘What had happened to Lot’s personal values that he would offer his daughters to satisfy the sensual appetites of a mob? (In contrast, Abraham would offer his son to the Lord.)’ Warren Wiersbe

PRAYER: ‘The world is ever near me, around me and within; O Jesus draw thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.’