Lot Leaves Sodom and The Cities Are Destroyed
Lot was good, but there was not one more of the same character in the city. All the people of Sodom were very wicked and vile. Care was therefore taken for saving Lot and his family.
Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. “Do you have any other relatives here in the city?” they asked. “Get them out of this place—your sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else. For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the LORD, and he has sent us to destroy it.”
Genesis 19:12-13 (NLT)
Again, these angels were not obligated by Abraham’s intercession to save Lot or any of his house, but God is gracious. He extended mercy toward not only Lot but also his family.
So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.
Genesis 19:14 (NKJV)
Because of his faith and obedience, Abraham was a blessing to his home and to the whole world. Because of his worldliness, Lot had no spiritual influence either in the city or in his own home.
We know from Lot’s own sayings that he had two daughters who were virgins (Genesis 19:8). This verse reveals he had at least two daughters who were married. These daughters and their husbands were destroyed in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. This verse also says that the sons-in-law were the ones who thought Lot was mocking them. This implies his daughters didn’t think that way. They may have believed their father. It can be supposed that Lot raised them with godly values. The daughters may have wanted to go with their father, but they had to choose. They chose poorly, and not just at this time, but also when they married these ungodly men. As 2 Corinthians 6:14 instructs, they never should have put themselves in a position where they had to choose between obeying God and obeying their husbands.
It’s possible that Lot’s sons-in-law were part of the group that had been smitten with blindness the night before. Genesis 19:4 says the group was “all the people from every quarter.” If they weren’t involved, certainly they had heard about it or could have confirmed Lot’s story about it very easily. They weren’t even interested. Their hearts were hardened.
What a terrible price Lot paid for choosing the area of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13:5-12). He got the better grazing land for his animals but lost his family.
Spiritual benefits should always outweigh physical or financial benefits when we make decisions.
At dawn the angels hurried Lot along, saying, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or else you will be destroyed when the city is judged!” When Lot hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the LORD had compassion on them. They led them away and placed them outside the city.
Genesis 19:15-16 (NET)
The first time God rescued Lot, he was a prisoner of war (14:12, 16); and he went right back into Sodom. That painful experience should have warned him that he was out of the will of God; but if Lot heard the warning, he certainly did not heed it. Now God has to take Lot by the hand and forcibly drag him out of Sodom!
- Lot lingered;
- Then he argued;
- Then he begged to be allowed to go his own way.
Instead of being grateful for God’s mercy and obeying his rescuers, Lot resisted them and created trouble for them. Lot chose to live in this wicked place because it was good business. He willfully ignored the spiritual dangers. He deserved to perish with them, but God had mercy.
When they had brought them outside, they said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look behind you or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains or you will be destroyed!”
Genesis 19:17 (NET)
We should never look back to the things we have been delivered from. As Jesus put it,
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:62 (NET)
The Apostle Paul said,
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead,
Philippians 3:13 (NET)
These angels didn’t tell Lot what the consequence of looking back would be, but they did specifically warn him not to do it.
But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! Your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness by sparing my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because this disaster will overtake me and I’ll die. Look, this town over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. Let me go there. It’s just a little place, isn’t it? Then I’ll survive.”
“Very well,” he replied, “I will grant this request too and will not overthrow the town you mentioned. Run there quickly, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.)
The sun had just risen over the land as Lot reached Zoar.
Genesis 19:18-23 (NET)
This is amazing. Lot still didn’t grasp the severity of the situation. He should have been running to the mountains for all he was worth. But he still wanted to associate himself with the people of the region, apparently for the financial or social benefit that could afford.
Lot wasn’t able to save members of his own family, but his intercession did save the town of Zoar. I wouldn’t be surprised if the people of Zoar, when they saw the destruction of Sodom, thought they were spared because of some goodness on their part. But they would have been destroyed if Lot hadn’t interceded for them.
Behold the mercy and grace of the Lord. He spared a city slated for destruction and forbade the angels to bring any destruction until Lot and his family was safe.
Ezekiel 16:49-50 gives a little more detail about the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah:
This was the sin of your warped sister, Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, gluttonous, and lazy. She never gave help to the poor and needy. They were prideful, and they did abhorrent things right in front of Me, shamelessly and without remorse! As you already know, I put an end to Sodom and her daughters when I saw their behavior.
Notice that pride is mentioned in the list of sins and given as the reason why they committed the abomination of homosexuality. It was pride and arrogance, coupled with idleness that manifested into homosexuality.
Then the LORD rained down sulfur and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah. It was sent down from the sky by the LORD. So he overthrew those cities and all that region, including all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation that grew from the ground. But Lot’s wife looked back longingly and was turned into a pillar of salt.
Genesis 19:24-26 (NET)
It is well to take this account literally, as recording a definite judgment of the Lord upon people so corrupt that they had no right to live. It was within God’s power to produce an earthquake that would open a fissure in the rocks to release stored up gas that would explode and throw immense supplies of petroleum into the air. When all the inflammable stuff was ignited, sheets of literal fire poured back to complete the destruction. Searing flames and black smoke must have covered every area of the city, smothering and consuming every living thing.
Lot’s wife made some effort to escape the impending disaster. But she let her curiosity and her inordinate love for the things of Sodom (as well as for her family, probably) cause her to disobey orders and look back. It was a fatal act. The woman was fixed to the spot, and her body became a pillar of salt, covered and encrusted with deposits from the raining brimstone. There it stood for many years, a dreadful warning against disobedience to the specific command of God, and a mute reminder of the Lord’s unchanging character. Someone has said: “She stood, a silent sentinel to sordid selfishness.” Even to this day pillars and pinnacles of salt are visible in the area south of the Dead Sea. Jesus, seeking to remind his disciples of the tragic consequences of loving mere things, cautioned them to “remember Lot’s wife” (Lk 17:32).
Lot was conformed to the world (Rom. 12:2). All that he lived for went up in smoke and was buried under ruins somewhere in the area around the Dead Sea. Lot is a warning to all believers not to love the world, become friendly with the world, or be stained by the world (James 1:27), because the day of reckoning finally comes.
Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the LORD. He looked out toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of that region. As he did so, he saw the smoke rising up from the land like smoke from a furnace.
So when God destroyed the cities of the region, God honored Abraham’s request. He removed Lot from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed the cities Lot had lived in.
Genesis 19:27-29 (NET)
How must Abraham have felt at this sight?
At this time there is no indication that he knew Lot and his two daughters had been saved. He had interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah until he got the Lord to spare the city if there were only 10 righteous people in it. Now he knew that the wickedness of the city was so great there were not even 10 righteous people therein.
Abraham might have felt like his intercession was useless because these cities were still destroyed. However, Lot was not delivered for his goodness alone; God saved Lot and his daughters because of Abraham’s intercession. Other people’s actions can limit what good our intercession does. But make no mistake, God hears the prayers of a righteous person, and they avail much (James 5:16).
We may not have committed the same sins as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, but we are sinners just the same; and apart from faith in Jesus Christ, we cannot be saved from the judgment to come.
The situation is no different today. Jesus is still the Friend of sinners and will save all who come to Him in true repentance and faith. He needs intercessors and witnesses who will pray and tell lost sinners that Jesus died for them and they can make a new beginning if they will trust Him.
PRAYER FOR FAMILY SALVATION
God, You are the faithful God, the covenant-keeping God. You keep covenant and loyalty to a thousand generations. I have a covenant with You through the blood of Jesus, which provides salvation, forgiveness, and blessing to my life. You promised Abraham that through his seed all families of the earth would be blessed. Jesus is the promised seed, and through Him my family can be blessed.
I come before You on the behalf of my family, and ask for Your salvation, protection, deliverance, and healing to manifest in my family. I pray for anyone in my family who is not in covenant with You to be drawn to You by Your Spirit and to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. I pray for covenant blessing to come to my family and that my family would benefit from covenant blessings.
Have mercy upon my family, and let Your loving-kindness and tender mercy be over us. Let Your grace and favor be upon my family. Let my family in this generation be blessed, and let generations to come walk in covenant with You and be blessed.
Lord, save my family.
Lord, let Your Word come to every family member, and let them believe.
I bind and rebuke every demon that has been assigned to my family members to prevent them from receiving salvation.
Lord, let salvation come to my household.
Let my household be like the household of Obed-Edom (2 Samuel 6:11)