Bible Reading: Genesis 19:1-38
“Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.” [2 Peter 2:6-8]
Twice Peter emphasises that Lot was a righteous man and also implies that he was a godly man. Although God said that he was righteous, Lot suffered so much loss because of his wrong choices and compromise. He had chosen to move towards Sodom because the land reminded him of Egypt. Later, Lot moved into Sodom and even became a judge in that city. Lot did not enter in to the sins of the people of Sodom, but rather their sin sickened and tormented him. He should never have been in Sodom!
Let’s follow the events when the angels arrived in Sodom to execute God’s judgment on the city. Firstly, the angels preferred to sleep in the open square than accept Lot’s hospitality [verse 2]. Secondly, Lot offered his own daughters to men of Sodom instead of releasing the two angels to them [verse 8]. Thirdly, Lot’s sons-in-law thought he was joking and were judged with Sodom [verse 14]. It does seem that Lot had compromised so much that he had never even spoken to his sons-in-law about godly things until this time. Fourthly, when told to leave Sodom Lot lingered. Lot and his family had to be pulled to safety by the two angels [verse 16]. Fifthly, Lot’s daughters got their father drunk and slept with him in order to obtain children.
The two sons who were born were the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites who opposed Israel and caused them so many problems in later years [verse 30-38]. Sin has long-term consequences.
Lot lost his position, his wealth, his sons-in-law, his wife, his testimony, and his self-respect because of his compromise and wrong choices. He was a righteous man and hated the sins of the people of Sodom but seemed unable to recognise his own sins of compromise and selfish decisions that caused him so much loss.
Amos 4:11 and Zechariah 3:2 speak of a “brand plucked from the burning.” and perfectly describes Lot’s experience of leaving Sodom. Believers can be saved but their works are destroyed by fire [1 Corinthians 3:15].
Why do you think that God called Lot a righteous when he compromised and made such disastrous choices?
Why was Lot able to see so clearly the sins of the people of Sodom but unable to see the sins in his own life? What was the primary sin of Lot?
When God spoke to Lot he lingered in Sodom. In what way might we also linger as Christians when God speaks to us?