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Genesis 19 – 20

Genesis 19

Two angels came to Sodom to separate Lot and his family from the people of Sodom, and Lot was hospitable to them in the manner of a righteous man.  Although Moses wrote that these two were angels, Lot may not have known that right off and may have just been hospitable to strangers.

Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

Many men of Sodom then demanded sex from these two guests of Lot.

19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

Righteous Lot then loses his faith and does a very wicked and desperate thing by offering his two daughters to these men instead of crying out to God for deliverance.  To defend his guests at the price of his daughters, tends to the idea that Lot did not know these men were angels of God.

19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

Then the men of Sodom replied that Lot was a stranger who come to dwell among them, and that Lot took too much on himself to judge and resist them.

19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow [Lot] came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

The angels pulled Lot back inside and smote these sons of wickedness with blindness.

19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

The angels confirming the reports of the wickedness of Sodom; told Lot to take his family and leave that city before it is destroyed.

19:12 And the men [angels] said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

Lot’s married daughters and their families thought that Lot and his warnings to them to leave immediately were insane.

So it will be when God’s two messengers warn the brethren to leave this land before our own correction.  Most people even in the Ekklesia, will think these two servants of God are crazy and will not comply, instead standing on their own false prophetic traditions.

Only those who love and live by every Word of God like Righteous Lot, and are quickly and sincerely repentant of their mistakes; the pillars who stand firmly on the whole Word of God: Will obey the word of God’s servants and leave this land before its affliction.

The men of Sodom are analogous of our society today, and the family of Lot is analogous to the majority of the Ekklesia today; who are full of pride in their own ways and traditions and have no zeal to live by every Word of God.

19:14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked [his words seemed crazy to them] unto his sons in law.

Then in the morning the two messengers were urgent on the righteous pillars to separate themselves from the wicked, so that they would be spared while the wicked were destroyed.

This work is an early warning message to prepare the brethren before the final warning of God’s two witnesses; which will separate out the faithful pillars from the wicked proud, idolaters who stand on their own ways contrary to the whole Word of God.

Yes, God IS the author of division!  God has called many out of this world dividing them from the worldly!  God separates the faithful from the wicked, so that he may afflict the wicked and spare the faithful!

19:15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

When they delayed for packing, good byes etc, the two messengers grabbed hold of them and forcefully brought them out of the company of wickedness.

19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

The two messengers were urgent that Lot and his family run for their lives as Christ has warned us in Matthew 24:15.  This too is an analogy that we are to run to separate ourselves from all wickedness.  Then Lot protested the distance and the angels showed a further mercy.

19:18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD: 19:19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 19:20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 19:21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 19:22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Lot and family were taken out of Sodom in the early morning, and arrived in Zoar later in the day.

19:23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

Then God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah as an example to us, that he will destroy all those who are not zealous to live by EVERY WORD of GOD.

19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Then Lot’s wife looked back and was also destroyed, she became an allegory for those who long for the pleasures of  wickedness and desire to go back into the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin and the god-king of this world.  This is analogous of those who will love this society so much that they will long for it, and turn away from zeal for the Word of God.

19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Abraham was at Shechem and looked out over nearly a hundred miles to see the smoke ascending into the heavens;  just as the destruction of all those who refuse to separate themselves from the wickedness of rejecting zeal to live by every Word of God will be seen by all.

19:27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Here Moses informs us that even righteous Lot was resistant to separate himself from the wicked and was virtually dragged out and saved; because of Abraham!

19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

Lot, apparently afraid that Zoar would also be destroyed went up to hide in the mountains instead of going into the city of Zoar.

19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

Here Lot’s two daughters lacked faith and tried to do what they thought was right in their circumstances, instead of relying on the Word of God.

Instead of discussing the matter with their father who would have inquired of God; they decided to use deception to attain their purpose; this an indication that they knew their father Lot would object.

We lack full information and the wisdom of God and so our own ways are foolish compared to God’s Word.  When we blindly stand on our own traditions instead of on the Word of God, we are truly spiritually blind!  We are just as blind and foolish as these sincere and well meaning young ladies.

19:31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 19:32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

This illustrates the evils of drunkenness during which we can lose control of ourselves and become susceptible to things that we would regard as unthinkable when sober.  The spiritual essence of the command to not be drunk, is that we are never to give control of a sound mind over to anyone or any substance.

This refers to being drunk with alcohol and drugs, and it also refers to being made drunk with sin and pride in ourselves and our group, so that we exalt them above the Word of God; as is done in the majority of today’s spiritual Ekklesia.

Compromising with the whole Word of God and turning away from God to our own ways is fornication with false religion and false teachings.  To fornicate is to become ONE with these things and to separate ourselves from God.

Revelation 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Genesis 19:33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 19:35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

19:36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 19:37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 19:38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

The descendants of these two boys are the indigenous people of Jordan today.  Jordanians are not the descendants of Ishmael and they are not Arabs; they are the family of Abraham through his nephew Lot.

Genesis 20

Abraham travels around Canaan as God had instructed him.

Genesis 20:1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

Abraham then repeats the mistake that he made in Egypt and failed to trust in God.  This must have been very soon after the promise of her pregnancy as Abimelech would have surely seen that she was pregnant if she was more advanced.

20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

God then warns Abimelech in a dream to save him from the sin of adultery.  Yes, God does work in dreams and visions, and sometimes uses a still small voice.

Of course we must test what we receive according to the whole Word of God as Peter did by the sea.  Peter rightly rejected the idea that the dream was allowing the eating of unclean animals and God had to open Peter’s mind and reveal the true meaning before Peter understood that God was really saying that all sincerely repentant men are acceptable to God, and that his dream was not about eating clean and unclean animals.  

If a dream, vision or voice is not consistent with the whole Word of God it is to be rejected.

Please bear with me here as this will come out in a few verses.

Now Abimelech and his family were afflicted by God because of Sarah, and Abimelech had been seeking an answer as to why the plague had come upon them; at which point God comes to him in a dream in answer to his prayer.

20:3 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. 20:4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, LORD, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? 20:5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

Abimelech was very afraid and demands an explanation from Abraham.

20:8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid. 20:9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. 20:10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

Abraham responds by telling of his fears.

Brethren, there are times in our lives when we all face fears; that is the time to RUN to our Mighty Fortress of Strength and to Trust in the promises and deliverance of our High Tower and Refuge: The God who parted the sea!

Let us not lean to our own ways, which are like a rotten walking stick; which when we lean on it, it breaks under us causing us to fall.

20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. 20:12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 20:13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

God delivered Abimelech, Abraham and Sarah; while the deception of Abraham would have killed Abimelech, defiled Sarah, and confused the parentage of Isaac.

Trust in God and passionately keep his Word, and our Mighty Deliverer will save us; and if he chooses not to save physically in this life, we will be with him in our next conscious moment!

Abimelech then restores Sarah to Abraham and gives him great wealth, because of his fear of God; for surely Abraham deserved punishment and not gifts.

20:14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 20:15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. 20:16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

Now it is revealed that God had sent some kind of disease on Abimelech and his family [seemingly involving reproduction] before appearing to him in a dream to reveal the reason for the plague.

20:17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. 20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.

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