Friday, January 22, 2010

Oh No, my Lord!

Abraham is the father of nations.
Lot is nothing.
Abraham gave Lot the choice land and fields. Lot took what looks the best, the most fertile, the area that would lead to the most prosperity.
Abraham took what was left over.

God spoke to Abraham many times. In every case he obeyed without question.

This is the only time God talked to Lot (that is recorded in the Bible) Pay attention to Lot's response.

15 "At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. “Hurry,” they said to Lot. “Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!”

16 When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the Lord was merciful. 17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”
18 “Oh no, my lord!” Lot begged. 19 “You have been so gracious to me and saved my life, and you have shown such great kindness. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die. 20 See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.”

21 “All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village. 22 But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means “little place.”)
23 Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon. 24 Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. 25 He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt."

Oh No, my Lord!

Is that my response to God?
Is that yours?

It didn't work too good for Lot.
He ends up wifeless, homeless, no money, no favor with God.
The only reason he is even alive is that his uncle, Abraham prayed to God for his protection.

So who am I like?
Of Lot?

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