• THE DELIVERANCE OF LOT.
- Explicit - The city was to be utterly destroyed.
- Emphatic - There was no uncertainty about the announcement (A feeling of doubt that often results in wavering).
- Merciful - It was designed to facilitate the escape of Lot and his family from the impending disaster.
- Timely - There was time provided for Lot to be warned, but also to warn the rest of his family.
Notwithstanding the angels warning it is obvious that Lot was apprehensive, lingered, and did not receive the urgency of this announcement.
• Earnest Admonition - "Arise!", "Hurry!” and "Take them out of this place!"
• Serious Caution - "Lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city”.
Even the urgency displayed by the angels would not have sufficed to rescue Lot , had they not extended to him a helping hand. Their desire to cling to their possessions in the face of disaster is the same practice as those who will not go into the shelter when the tornado comes. Had they not been dragged out of the city with urgency by the angels; they too, would have known the destruction brought down from heaven.
Even in the short notice of these events, Lot and his family were not left without explicit instructions. These instructions provide for us many lessons:
- It was for their life, that they were to flee.
- To beware of backsliding. To never look back to the evil one is saved from.
- To never indulge in delay. Delay is death.
- To persevere until one reaches his destination.
• THE OVERTHROW OF SODOM.
Supernatural.• The narrative demonstrates the destruction to be a phenomenon altogether out of the common course of events.
• Jehovah rained down fire out of the heavens.
Unexpected.• There is no warning to the general public, other than the warnings to Lot all along (Vs. 9).• Even Lot 's sons-in-law gave no heed to his warnings (Vs. 14)!• Many today will face the same condemnation, thinking that God will show Himself supernaturally to each individual as if He owes this to them?
- The cities and their inhabitants, the fields and the vegetation, and the livestock were baptized in the sulphurous fire.
- Not as extensive as the Great Flood; however, just as devastating in a local affect and lasting testimony.
- Testifies of the sureness of the awful fate that awaits the ungodly in the end.
Righteous.• It was a completely just judgment due to the rich merit of the evil.• The merit was demonstrated first hand in the visit of the angels to the city.
• The judgment testifies to the fact that there will be nothing hidden from God.
- THE FATE OF LOT 'S WIFE.
Overtaken in the moment.
- As many do in the face of events that are not the norm, she was over taken in the moment of the storm.
- The moment was enough to cause her to fail to complete the salvation that was within her grasp.
She truly deserved.• They had all been divinely warned.
• Thus, she had brought the tragic judgment upon herself.
Solemn lesson and tribute.• As nothing with the revelation of God is random; she is a lesson for the ages.
• She is an ever lasting tribute to the danger of disobedience, folly of delay, the severity of Divine judgment, and the intensity of Divine displeasure with sin.
We cannot rest against evil - 1 Peter 4:18.
The judgment of God on the unrighteous will always be as sure - Hebrews 10:31.
We are not those who draw back - Hebrews 10:39.
To never fail to see the necessity of appreciating how close we are to salvation, so as to falter and not to enter in - Hebrews 4:1.