ASV mark on Genesis 19:1-3 and questions

The difference

The easy way

Lot also recognized the two men being from God as Abraham did. Lot obviously feared God, but if he had faith in God’s ability to help and protect him, he would not have stayed in Sodom, building a house there. He compromised and took the easy way.

Do we recognize them?

Lot offered the two men from God to stay in his house, he gave them food, and drink and they ate. Men from God, angles, they could also be among us today, behaving normal, eating, drinking and sleeping. They could visit and help people, the question is; do we recognize them?

Questions

  1. What was the difference between Abraham and lot towards God?
  2. Do angles have wings?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:4-10 and questions

Obediens and power

Soldiers under command

The two men didn’t tell Lot what they were about to do, they waited to see what was going to happen, to see if the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah was indeed great, and their sin was exceedingly grave as God had said, now these two men from God wanted to see it and report to God. 

Handsome and tempting

Then many from the sinful city of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and tried to break in, to have sex with the two men and probably kill them. The men of Sodom were governed by their senses completely, they were in the hands of the devil; they wanted to have their will with the two men that probably looked hansom and tempting to the sinful crowd.

Value of women, and action

Lot offered them his daughters, they would probably have killed them too, and this shows us the value of the women at the time of Lot and Abraham. Now the men had seen enough, now God knew that what the outcry from Sodom had told Him was true, the moment for action had come. They grabbed Lot and blinded the crowd.  

Questions

  1. Do angles have free will?
  2. How were women valued by the times of Abraham?
  3. What were the sins of Sodom?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:11-14 and questions

Choose carefully who or what you mingle with

Your surroundings affect you

The men outside the house of Lot were now blind, but they still strived to find the door to break into the house, the sin controlled them completely. The two men could now explain the situation to Lot. They said that if he had others there, belonging to his family he needed to get them out because God was about to destroy the city.

The men waited

Then Lot went through the city and found his sons in law who were to marry his daughters. Lot had mingled with the sinful inhabitants of Sodom to the degree that his two daughters was about to marry two of them, seems like the sinful behavior of Sodom had affected the family of Lot also.

2018

Lot explained the situation to his sons in law, but they did not believe in the God Lot was talking about, to them it sounded stupid and ridiculous and they thought it was a joke. Like today, if I am mentioning God or Jesus they look at me as if something is wrong with me, the world now in 2018 is getting close to the world of Sodom and Gomorrah.   

Questions

  1. Does sin controls people?
  2. Does sin make you blind?
  3. Does sin make you deaf?

ASV mark on Genesis 19:15-17 and questions

God loves you

God waited

Lot probably spent most of the night walking through the city looking for his coming sons in law and the two men were waiting for him at his house. When morning dawned, Lot and his family and the two men were in the house and it seems like God had waited with the destruction for Lot to return.

Do not look back

Now it was time, the two men said that Lot and his family had to run for their lives, however, they lingered, they wanted to stay in the house for protection. Their faith was more in the city than in God, but by God’s mercy the two men took them by their hands and led them outside and one of them said; “Escape for your life” God gave them a clear order and told them not to stop anywhere in the valley and not to turn around and look back.

God or Lot, mountain or valley?

This was not a conversation, this was an order, but their faith were wavering and Lot had his own opinion of the best solution, their stay in this sinful environment had brought them away from God’s greatness and omniscience, that God looks ahead and always knows best. God told Lot to run for the mountain away from this valley, up where he could be on his own with his family far away from the sinful city life.   

Questions

  1. Does God know best?
  2. How often are you asking Him for guidance?
  3. Is everything God does, good?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:18-22 and questions

שלום חברי

The sin

The easy way

Lot did not fancy the mountain; he still preferred the easy way, to a little cozy town with only a few people. God gave us our own will, free to choose, God is not forcing his will upon us, even thou He knows it is the best solution.

Zoar

God granted Lot to run with his family to a little town that later was called Zoar, south of the Dead Sea. Zoar means few or small, but if the sin had developed there as in Sodom, it would affect the Lot family there too.

Sin develops

Seems like God meant to destroy this little town too, but because Lot wanted to go there He didn’t, the sin in its mature stat would still live on in this little place and develop from there. Where you live the sin is there, in fact the sin is in you, you cannot run away from it, you have to fight it and stay away from areas and environments where the sin have developed and are practiced in all its variations. The sin problem was the reason that Jesus had to come to earth, suffer and die.   

Questions

  1. Where do you find the sin?
  2. Can we handle the sin?
  3. Where do the sin come from?
  4. How can we know we are doing the will of God?
  5. Does our company affect how we think?
  6. Why did Jesus come to earth?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:23-29 and questions

How do you change?

Their life in Sodom

The sun had risen, may be it was close to midday when Lot and his family came to this small village, they had been running for a long time, probably several hours when brimstones and fire begun to rain down from heaven, their place in Sodom and their life there were about to be demolished.

You need to change your heart

However, Lots wife could not resist turning around, look at, and probably longing for her “city life” a last time. One of the two men warned her not to look back, but she followed her heart and not God, turning into a pillar of salt.  The fire and brimstone from heaven destroyed everything in the valley of Jordan except the small village of Zoar.

The importance of your environment

Lot and his family had been living in more than one city in the valley, probably in all of them while moving his flocks around. The thinking of Lots family had been under the influence of the sinful people in the valley area for many years and their way of reasoning had gradually changed. God saved Lot and his family, not because of them, but because of Abraham, the righteous one with his heart towards YaHaWaH his precious God.  If Jesus is in you, God looks at you and sees Jesus.

Questions

  1. Who runs the world?
  2. How does he run it?
  3. Do we need help against him?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:30-38 and questions

How to make wrong decisions

Sad situation

Lot finally went up to stay in the mountain area where he should have gone in the first place. He was afraid to stay in Zoar, likely because of the threatening behavior of the people there. Lot chose the easy way, staying in a nice house to live a city life, now he had lost his wife and was living in a cave with his daughters on a mountain, fearing for his life.

No inner restrain

His daughters saw no future in the mountain having lost both their promised husbands, and almost every male in the area were dead. They could have been patient and expected God to find them mates, but again the quick and easy way, their own father. How could they do it? They had no shame, no inner restrain; most certainly affected by their life in the cities.

More trouble to come

They both had child with their father, and two people were born; the Moabites and the Ammonites, two people that was to cause a lot of trouble for Abraham’s descendants, the Hebrews, in the future.   

Questions

  1. How can we make good decisions?
  2. Where does it end if you follow your senses and feelings?