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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Genesis 19-20 Reflections

Notes....no real running theme, just some of my scattered thoughts.

1. Lot is sitting in the gate of the town, cross reference with Boaz going to the gate of Bethlehem to meet with the elders? Is Lot influental within the town, or perhaps he abides near the gate of town to keep away from the wickedness at Sodom's heart?

2. Lot is hospitable as Abraham was in chapter 18. Yet he goes further, he pressed them "greatly." Did he realize what could happen to two men who slept in the street? Perhaps he was aware of just how wicked Sodom was.

3. Lot is willing to sacrifice his own daughters in order that he might save these visitors from the wretchedness of the men of Sodom. Would I be so willing to sacrifice my children for the welfare of others?

4. Their very lives were in danger and yet the sons in law refused to see this and thought that Lot was goofing around. The men on the other side of the door would rape, or worse, those within...and they thought it was a game?

5. While Lot did not sin by longing for the comforts of his home as his wife did (19:26) as he found shelter with his two daughters in the mountain near Zoar it would seem that he was seeking to be distracted from the horrors they had just escaped and allowed himself to become so intoxicated that his daughters slept with him. Had he restrained himself he surely would have had the sense of mind not to allow such a thing. In his daughters we likewise see a lack of faith, if God had spared them from the wrath poured out on Sodom surely He could bring them new husbands, or Lot a new wife. Yet they did not trust Him to do so and took it in their hands to ensure Lot's bloodline continued.

6. Abraham and Sarah are traveling again, and again Abraham fails to trust God to protect them. Though they had already gone through a similar situation in chapter 12 and though he surely had a better understanding of who God was he still did not trust. How often have I gone through something, seen God's hand deliver me, and yet when a similar situation arises I still fail to trust Him? Oh, let us press on until we trust Him so much we are willing to lay life and kindred aside in order to serve Him and honor Him faithfully with our trust.

7. Furthermore, we see God's sovereignty displayed beautifully in the life of Abimlech.

"But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me, She is my sister?...in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheald thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her." (20:3-6, emphasis mine)

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