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"Don't Give Up on Lot"

Don’t Give Up On Lot!
Gen 19:1-11
1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.
When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
2 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.”
And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”
3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight?
Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”
7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!
8 See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said,
“This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.
10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.
11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

I. Lot’s position in Sodom (Vs 1-3)
Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
Note:
When we arrive at this text we see the city of Sodom settling down for the evening.
Business is closing, and the movers and shakers of the community are about to leave their post for the day. When two un-expecting men arrive into town. This picture arrest us because Abrahams nephew Lot is among the elders of Sodom. He has position and power in the city.


• Lot had been in Sodom so long that He begun to establish himself as a business man in the city.
• When he is sitting in the gate with the elders and rulers of the city he is doing business and holding office among them.
• The gate was generally an arched entrance with deep recesses and seats on either side. It was a place of meeting in the ancient towns of the East, where the people assembled either for social interaction, judgment or to transact public business.
Either way, from this picture of involvement, Lot was a resident of Sodom and had made himself at home.

Note: Every visitor that came to this wicked place had to come through the gate at Sodom. The men and elders of the city had the first opportunity to offer them something and or to pass judgment on them. This was the place of transactions, a place of deal making, a place of inspection and mischief for Sodom.

Observation: When Lot sees these angels he bows in the traditional Middle Eastern culture, as a greeting. He does not know that they are Angels, but he must assume that they are men of honor and of prominence.
Perhaps he thinks they are business men or people who are an opportunity for him to invest with or to invest in. The bible says that He invites them to his house to entertain them. This was also a form of business, and an opportunity to engage in trade and commerce.


Application: For the sake of our text, Lot represents the child of God who is dwelling in Sin. He is the picture of how comfortable a believer can get when they are living in rebellion against God. Lot knows of Yahweh, but has chosen to live among the ungodly people of Sodom. He has become comfortable, with the lifestyle, at ease with the culture, submerged in the darkness and at total comfort with all that is wrong...
Sin in the life of the carnal believer can become a place where you no longer really are affected by the effects of wickedness. He is a man of business and his job keeps him occupied in Sodom instead of his convictions demanding that he leave. Sin will make you stay longer in a place than you want to stay, and make you pay more than you want to pay.

Part B
2 And he said, "Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant's house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way." And they said,"No, but we will spend the night in the open square."
3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

Note: Here we see that Lot is an aggressive man. He has resources, he has persuasion, he has the ability to maneuver in the market place.
He has something to offer the men, and so he does without even wavering.
Being a man of business and wanting to impress the guest He extended hospitality to them trying to win them over for his own business.

Observation: Lot did not know that they were Angels... and he was not trying to protect them from the residents of Sodom. This was a business matter for Lot (Gen 13:5-12, reveals lot’s wealth). The Angels know who Lot is but Lot does not know who they are. They know he is Abraham’s nephew and they have come for him.
After they first decline to stay with him, He is persistent to have them in his home.
They finally agree to stay with Him.

Application: I notice that God can find his children in the midst of their sinful rebellion. When he finds them he always has a plan to deliver and to rescue them, even when they themselves don't have since enough to get out of the trouble they are in.

• God has a way of sending help to the child of God even while they are in rebellion against His will in their lives.
• God sends his children, Angelic- visitors to change their direction and to remind them of His purpose and plan for their lives.
• God always has a witness somewhere willing to come and see about the wayward believer.
• As children of God we ought to be concerned as the Angels were for those we know that have gone astray. [“We can’t ever give up on Lot”]
• As children of God we ought to also be willing to go and see about them, stay with them and also be available to minister to them, even if they don’t recognize who we are. [“We can’t ever give up on Lot”]
America is just like Sodom, and there are some “Lot’s” in this generation that need rescuing! [“We can’t ever give up on Lot”]

II. Lot’s problem in Sodom (Vs 4-9)
4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.
5 And they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”

Note: When we come to this text we discover that the word has gotten out quickly about Lot and his new quest. In this verse the true behavior of the sodomites come out. Their lust for these men, and the desire for homosexual activity is why God came to destroy the city (Gen 18:20-22). The bible makes it clear that because of their sinful desires, they surrounded the house in an act of lust to violate these Angels.
“The words to get to know them” are the words that refer to sexual intimacy. Their demand for Lot to bring them forward indicates that this behavior was not new to them or to Lot. It was expected that they should have an opportunity to do this. And so the entire city came out to either participate or to spectate. “This was a wicked place.”

Application: We too should resonate with this behavior, for in 2015 we saw the Supreme court validate this wickedness and declare it to be done across the nation. They declared it to be a good thing for Homosexuals to be married. Once again I want to serve the world notice, that the act of homosexuality is sin before God, and it is not designed for marriage, nor does making it constitutionally right make it morally right.
God forbids it and God will punish it!

Observation: Every June in San Francisco, the City declares June to be Gay pride month. They celebrate with a city wide parade to commemorate their abomination before God. Just like in Sodom. Everybody was involved, everybody was okay with it, everybody understood the culture, they talked the same language, they shared the same ideal-logy, they were not alarmed that they were doing what was un-natural to do. Yet while they were doing it, the judgement of God came down. While the judgement came down, they knew not that God’s wrath was among them!

Question:
1. Will God not judge this sinful generation?
2. Will God not judge the wicked hearts men?
3. Will God not judge the acts of immorality on a wicked nation?
4. Will God not judge a Nation that kills the unborn in the womb?
5. Will God not judge A nation that tolerates and supports divorce?
6. Will God not judge A nation that celebrates sex outside of marriage?
7. Will God not judge A nation that parades same sex marriage, and homosexual intercourse before his throne?

If God would visit Sodom, then he has no problem with visiting America!
• Woe unto the country that thinks God has changed his mind about sin!
• Woe unto the country that believes God’s standards have changed!
• Woe unto the country that thinks homosexuality is about love!
• Woe unto the country that believes God will let this sin pass!
• Woe unto the country that participates in what God hates!

Part C
6 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, and shut the door behind him,
7 and said, "Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!

Note: When we come here to this verse we see Lot trying to work as a mediator with unrighteousness and wickedness.
He has been among them so long, that he now thinks he can reason with immorality He thinks He can talk sin down...
He thinks he can make lust behave...
He thinks he has the ability to persuade the wicked to change their desires... Lot has lost his mind...
Somebody should tell him that he has lost his influence...
Somebody should tell him that his witness is shot...it aint no good and he cant stand in the gap because he has compromised his integrity, and he has given up his right to be heard.

Lot’s problem was he had become a resident of Sodom and was now obligated to do what the rest of the city demanded. Lot’s problem was he had become affiliated with their behavior and was in no position to stop them from this attack. Because he sat in the gate of Judgment and witnessed their wicked acts before …

Lot didn't have a voice, because he was a silent participant in their sins... Because he sat in the gate of Judgment and witnessed their actions...they knew that he knew he had no right to be righteous now, and stop them from doing what they desired to do.

Remember Lot’s problem was that He does not know these Guest are Angels, he is trying to protect his interest. So he begins to negotiate with the wicked men of Sodom
Here, Lot becomes the minority and does not agree with the sin that is about to take place, but because he has been among them so long He has no godly influence to persuade them one way or another.

Application:
• Perhaps there is a lot amongst us today?
• Perhaps you've been sodom so long that you think you can reason with the culture!
• Perhaps you think you got some influence with the gay pride community!
• Perhaps you think you can sit on the fence, take their money, dance at their party and then influence them not to do wrong...
• You are just like Lot, and they will turn on you too if you try and stop them from perverting the innocent or spreading their poison to the those unlike them...

I stoppped by to tell you today, you can’t reason with the wicked...
You can’t partner with the ungodly...
You can’t support their agenda and believe in Gods agenda too. They wont have it , and they won’t tolerate you...Just like Lot. You cant live among them like Lot and then try and deny them their physical lust, and wicked sexual desire!

Note: These men thought their sinful desires were perfectly okay... Just like the supreme court... and these men thought there was nothing wrong with their desires.
They had become so corrupt, that they were willing to hurt Lot physically to have a chance to rape another man.

Part B
8 See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof."
9 And they said, "Stand back!" Then they said, "This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them." So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.

Note: When we gather here at this verse we see the highest form of their wickedness... their lust has driven them into a frenzy... they have got to have these men for themselves... Their evil desires to do harm and to sexually assault the innocent has reached a crescendo!

Observation: Lot has become such a wicked businessman that he arranged a deal to have his daughters to be violated instead of these men. Lot is so carnal he would allow the Sodomites to hurt his own flesh and blood, to keep the deal alive in his home... Remember he does not know that these are Angels, he thinks these are men that have come to town to do business. His mind is on money, his mind is on profit, his mind is on himself, and as a result he would offer up his family to protect his business offerings.

Application: Living in a place like Sodom, and participating in the Sodomite ways, will effect the way you think about your family. It will effect the way you value your relationships. It will effect the way you lead, guide and protect as a man.

The Sodomite mindset has slipped into Lot. He has forgotten how he was raised. He has forgotten the way he was taught. he has forgotten the values he once embodied.

He is trying to bargain his babies, to save his money.
He is trying to barter his way to make the next deal.
He is compromising with sin so he can get ahead in life.
He has lost his way and unable to see just how far he has fallen.

Question: Is there anybody here ever been to Sodom?
Anybody here ever lost your way? Anybody here remember what it was like when you back- slid from the Lord? Anybody here know that dark feeling of trying to compromise with sin, and cant make the deal?

Lot can identify with you...He has stayed to long in
Sodom... He has compromised his convictions, and now his family is in danger...

III. Lot’s protection in Sodom (Vs. 10-11)
10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.
11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

Note: When we come to this portion of the text we see God intervene in the life of backslidden Lot. He is about to get assaulted by the sin he has embraced, but God intervened at the nick of time. Lot was about to give up his daughters in a compromise with sin, But God divinely intervenes to redeem his family.

Here we see the picture of the mercy of God in- spite of Lots foolishness.
Here we see the mercy God in-spite of his back slid-den behavior.
Here we see the mercy of God intervening and saving him from those who would destroy him...

Note: The Angels of God sent to deliver him, and snatch him from harms way...
They do two things... they rescue and then they protect... These ANGELS struck the men with blindness... who were trying to break down Lot’s door, so that they could get in...

Note: Even in their blindness the men of Sodom were yet trying to get to Lot...
The bible says that they wearied themselves about the door... Thats how wicked they were, that even in their blindness they would not relent from their evil desires....
God has a way to protect Lot, even in his disobedience. This blindness was a sign that God had rescued him... This blindness was a sign that these Angels were not ordinary men, they were beings sent from Jehovah.

Through their deliverance Lot has been given a sign that he needs to leave Sodom.
He has been given a sign that he is no longer wanted in that City. He has been given a sign that God has made a way from him to escape...

Lot now has a choice to make... Jehovah has come to the rescue. [“We can’t ever give up on Lot”]

Conclusion:
Im glad today that the Angels pulled Him into salvation...
Im glad that they did not reason with Him...
Im glad that they did not give him a chance to come in on his own...
Im glad that they pulled him into the House
This was the act of God.... he pulled Lot to bring him in...
And He pulled you and I and brought us in... All those who have ever been saved have been pulled by the Grace of God, redeemed by the Mercy of God and placed in the House God...
Is there anybody here glad you got pulled today? Is there anybody here glad today that those he pulled he brings into the House
Is there anybody here today glad to be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb...
Im glad he pulls humanity...
He pulls my sins and put them on his son...
He pulled my penalty and put it on his son...
He pulled my sentence and put it on his son... His pulled my time in hell and went in my place

AND while HE was there in the grave ...
He pulled the Keys of Hell, away from the devil and rose back to life with all power of heaven and earth in his hands...
Though America is Like sodom, He is still pulling today!
If he would pull in Sodom then, he is pulling in Sodom now
If he would pull a man like Lot he can pull a person like you!
He is the same God today as He was in the days of Sodom
He is yet judging sin, and He will Judge it again...
Sodom will never get away...Sodom will never escape the wrath of God...Sodom will never bypass the consequences of immorality...
Sodom will never get a pass on sin...
The same God who Judges it then will judge it again...
So pray with me that God pulls somebody to into the House
Pray that God Pull somebody into safety Pray that
God Pull somebody from his coming wrath
Pray that God Pulls somebody from the wicked culture
Pray that God Pull somebody from a back slide condition And Save them by His Mercy through his wonderful Grace
[“We can’t ever give up on Lot”]

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