Genesis 19:14-25: ‘Hurry’

“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, ‘Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!’ But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. 15 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.’16 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. 17 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!’ 18 But Lot said to them, ‘No, my lords, please! 19 Your servant has found favour in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it – it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.’ 21 He said to him, ‘Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.’ (That is why the town was called Zoar.) 23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah – from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities –                                                              and also the vegetation in the land. ” NIV UK

The gospel message carries with it an urgency, because those who reject Jesus Christ, and his offer of salvation (rescue) are ‘’condemned’’ (John 3:18). This wonderful passage in John’s gospel shows that it is not God’s desire to judge the world, but to save it. However, by our stubborn refusal of the light, we condemn ourselves to perpetual darkness.

The note of judgment must be sounded in gospel preaching, otherwise we are not proclaiming the full gospel. We must say what the Bible says, even though some people may treat it as a ‘joke’ (14).

Our message also is that people should ‘’Flee’’ for their lives. In our case, we are not saying, ‘Flee from your country, your city, your town, or your village.’ But we are most definitely saying, ‘Flee to Jesus.’ In Him alone we find refuge from the judgment we so richly deserve.

PRAYER: Lord, we live in a day in which there is pressure on us to not say that certain things are wrong. Many people do not want to hear that they are accountable to Almighty God. So please strengthen your people to ‘stay true to truth’; to remain solidly faithful to you.