Scarred

In a 2018 study, they found 36% of men and 21% of women admitted to cheating. Of that only, 50 % of the women said it was with one person while 55% of the men cheated with five or more. 28% of the women said they did it because of the lack of emotional interaction, while 23% of the men said it stemmed from a lack of sexual satisfaction. Here is what really stood out to me. 58% of the men and 65% of the women said they were cheated on. So someone is not sharing the whole truth. And 49% found out about the infidelity by electronic evidence: texts, emails, messages. We have not even broached pornography or premarital sex. 

Our world is hurting for Jesus Christ. Doesn’t this just break your heart? Genesis 19:17~And as they brought them out, one said, escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away. (ESV) Lot is still more concerned with the material than the spiritual. When looking for safety, don’t follow Lot’s example. Instead remember the truth of Proverbs 18:10~The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man (woman) runs into it and is safe. (ESV) We all have a little Lot in us. There are times when God’s working in our lives and we sidestep His purpose out of selfish desires. Staying close to God requires we Refuse to compromise, Reject selfish desires, and Remember.

Remember the sowing principle (Genesis 19:23-38). As Lot reaches Zoar, the sun is up as brimstone and fire rain down. The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah are swallowed up by the deluge. Some scholars believe the salt, sulfur, and bitumen (asphalt in its natural state) were blended by an earthquake, causing a violent explosion where the red-hot mixture, like burning asphalt, would then spew and fall upon the wicked immoral cities. Many scholars believe Sodom is forever uninhabitable Because it was located in the Jordan Valley at the southern end of the Dead Sea and is now covered with water. Salt filled water that is uninhabitable.

When judgment begins to fall on Sodom, Lot’s wife, who’s been told do not look back, turns, becoming a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). In Bible Fellowship, the kids were asked one Sunday if they believed Lot’s wife turned into a salt pillar. One boy chimed back, of course. My mom was driving and turned to look behind her, and she turned into a telephone pole. Speaking of His second coming, Christ Jesus said in Luke 17:31~On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. (NIV) Theories abound as to how Lot’s wife meets her demise. Saying curiosity over the destruction, a reluctance for the loss of worldly possessions, and then there is the salt. Was she covered, consumed, or exposed? I can’t say. However, it happened, stands as an awesome example of getting too attached to the things of this world. Paul writes 2 Timothy 4:10~Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. (NLT)



Secret Sin

We all have an orientation to sin. What’s yours? Food, gossip, painkillers, slothfulness? Sin is not having a weakness or even being tempted; sin is yielding to temptation. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:9~Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV) You are probably asking Psalm 24:3-4~Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. (NIV) How do I get that pastor? Only through Jesus Christ. In the next verse of 1 Corinthians 6:11~And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NIV) Lot where are you at spiritually? You have been living a compromised life as you flirt with the world, understand compromise will lead to grave consequences. To Stay Connected to God, Refuse to compromise and Reject.

Reject selfish desires (Genesis 19:9-22). Make no mistake, sin is always a selfish choice because to sin we have to put something above or in front of God. Here in Genesis the sinfully depraved mob rejects Lot’s offer and tries to break down his door. The angels pull Lot in, shut the door, and strike the men outside with blindness (19:9-11). Capitalizing on the time gained by blinding their attackers the angels tell Lot to gather the family because we are about to break camp! Genesis 19:13~For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it. (ESV) 

Lot believes the angels and goes out to his sons-in-law who think he’s joking. April fools—No that is tomorrow people and Ur about to be a day late and a dollar short. Genesis 19:14~So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, Up! Get out of this place for the Lord is about to destroy the city. But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. (ESV) Like many who are engulfed in sin, they simply do not believe in divine judgment. They say God is a God of love. Listen to Hebrews 13:4~Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (NIV) 



Reject Evil

Refuse to compromise (Genesis 19:1-8). Genesis 19, It’s dusk, the day and time of Sodom is drawing to a close. Two angels arrive and are met at the cities’ gate by Lot. In ancient times, public business was often conducted at the gates of the city gates. Think of it as the wheeler-dealers market place of meeting. This reveals to us Lot was involved in city business, apparently, he’s fitting in well in Sodom. Genesis 19:1-2~…When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way…(ESV). Lot knows who they are which leads us to wonder if He has knowledge of their intentions, or if he understands a reaction the city will take to them. Genesis 19:2c~No; we will spend the night in the town square. (ESV) Insisting, Lot intervenes. Genesis 19:3~But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 

After the angels have eaten, but before going to bed, word gets out Lot has visitors. Men young and old come knocking. Genesis 19:5~And they called to Lot, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them (יָדַע yada`). (ESV) (יָדַע yada`) means to know with experience, to be aquatinted carnally. Get the correct picture. God sends His angels to see the reason for the outcry from the city and when the angels show up, the men clearly intend on gang rape. Sodom and across Canaan, sexual immorality was common and socially acceptable.
 
Lot was a believer but had greatly compromised himself by living in a city filled with wickedness called Sodom. Yet, he was not so far gone as to yield to this vile request. Rather to appease their lust, Genesis 19:7-8~I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly…I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please…(ESV). This is not a dad I know. Sure some believe Lot thought his daughters would suffer no harm because they were virgins betrothed to fellow Sodomites, the ones Lot calls sons-in-law in verse 14. 

Perhaps Lot was betting on the Law. Which according to the legal code of the Sodomites, the penalty for having sex with betrothed virgins was death. No matter what Lot was thinking, this was a colossal breach of fatherly love not to mention human decency. The city of Sodom had reached the final stage of moral deterioration and reprobation. The Bible tells us how God reacts when a culture reaches the state of depravity where homosexuality is socially acceptable. Romans 1:28~And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved (ἀδόκιμος adokimos) mind, to do those things which are not proper, (NASB) The word (ἀδόκιμος adokimos) is reprobate, depraved, the loss of moral sense, or submerged in perversion. 

After reading the manuscript of one of Billy Graham’s books that deals with the moral climate in the US, Ruth Graham said, If God does not judge America, He will need to apologize to Sodom! Hear me, Christians should never be guilty of gay-bashing, however, we must never be guilty of retreating from the clear teaching of God’s Word about homosexuality. We must remember God’s love is for all sinners. Romans 5:8~But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV) Their sin is no worse than our sin and God does not love them any less. This was a city of practicing homosexuals, and there is a big difference between being a practicing homosexual and one having tendencies. The Bible condemns the practice, not the temptation.