Sodom and Gomorrah

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Genesis 18:9-19:28

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        God made a covenant with Abraham.  He promised he would be the father of many nations, Abraham and his descendants would have all the land of  Canaan, and Sarah would be a mother  of nations through which the promised Savior, Jesus would come.
Genesis 12:1-3

        At God's call, Abraham left his home in Ur and traveled toward Canaan.  At a place called Mamre, near Hebron where Abraham was living in a tent, the LORD appeared to Abraham.  Abraham was sitting in the door of his tent when three visitors appeared.  Abraham probably did not know yet who they were or that they were angels and one of them was the LORD. 
        The custom of that time was to welcome strangers with great Hospitality.  It would be pleasant for these travelers to wash their dusty feet and rest in the shade of a tree.  Sarah quickly had a full meal prepared.  Abraham served it.  The strangers gave Abraham a remarkable promise.

Sarah laughed when she heard
that she would have a son.

        Then they asked him where his wife Sarah was.   He told them that she was in the tent.  Then He told him that He would return to Abram according to the time of life, and his wife Sarah would have a son.
        Sarah was listening in the tent door.  Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was passed the age of childbearing.  So, Sarah laughed inside herself.  The LORD asked Abraham why Sarah laughed. 
        "Is anything too hard for the LORD?   The Lord told Abraham that He would return and that Sarah would have a son.       


Lot took them to his house to eat.

        Two of the  angels went to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.  Lot invited the angels to spend the night at his home.  And they said, "No, but we will spend the night in the open square."
      Lot insisted that they come to his house, so they went to his house. Lot  made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

The wicked people of sodom
surrounded Lot's house and asked
 him where the men were.

     Now before they laid down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.  And they called to Lot and asked him where the men were that had come to him.   They wanted Lot to bring out the two angels and they wanted to do bad things to them.  But Lot went out to them through the doorway and shut the door behind him, and told them not to be wicked.

The angels brought Lot into
the house and shut the door.

      But the angels reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

The angels struck the men with
blindness so they couldn't find the door.

        And the angels struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great.   They had trouble finding the door and became very tired.

The angels told Lot to take
 his family and leave town

        Then the men (angels) asked Lot if there were any other family members in the city.   If there were, they told him to  take them out of this place!
      They told Lot that they were going to  destroy the city, because the outcry against them had grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD had sent them to destroy it."
        So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and told them to, get out of there because the LORD was going to destroy the city.  But  his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

The angels told Lot, his wife,
and daughters to run to the mountains
and not look back.

        When the morning came, the angels urged Lot to hurry and told him to get up and take his wife and his two daughters  and leave the city so they wouldn't be there when the LORD punished the city.  The men took hold of Lot's hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters.  The LORD being merciful to them brought them out and set them outside the city.  When they had brought them outside, the angels told them to escape for their life and not to look behind them or to stay anywhere in the plain.  They were told to escape to the mountains, if they didn't want to be destroyed.
      Lot pleaded with the angels to let them go to a city near by because he didn't want to escape to the mountains in fear that some evil would come to him and die.
       The angels agreed and told them to hurry, and escape there.  The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered the city of Zoar.

God sent fire and brimestone from
heaven to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.

        Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens. and completely destroyed them.  

Lot's wife did not obey the angels and
looked back and turned to a pillar of salt.

        But Lot's wife looked back behind, and she became a pillar of salt.  Abraham went early in the morning  and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and saw the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.

Covenant----------- An agreement.

Descendants----- Those who came down from a family line.

Angels--------------- Are messengers from God.

Merciful-------- To show kindness and pity upon someone.

CONCLUSION:  God made an agreement (covenant) with Abraham.  He promised he would be the father of many nations, Abraham and his descendants would have all the land of  Canaan, and Sarah would be a mother  of nations through which the promised Savior, Jesus would come.  Three visitors came to Abraham and told him that his wife would have a child.  The three visitors were angels who also warned Abraham that he was going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because they were so sinful or wicked.  The angels went to the city of Sodom and warned Lot to leave the city because it was going to be destroyed.  They were told to run and not look back.  But Lot's wife didn't obey and took a look back as she was running and she was turned to a pillar of salt. 

When we don't obey God, there are consequences (a result and effect).  Lot's wife paid the consequences (results) of not obeying God.