Don’t do this wicked thing!

January 8th Scripture Reading: Genesis 18-20

An ongoing debate and cultural war is going on in our society concerning gay and lesbian rights and gender identification.  From today’s reading, we get insight into how God feels about this sort of activity in a city or country.  He has ordained marriage between a man and a woman.  He made them male and female.  But disobedience to the clear command and purpose of God, always brings consequences.  He is merciful to all who will listen and obey but will judge unrepented sin and rebellion.  Sin’s outcry reaches heaven and God’s ears.  The righteous cry out for deliverance and justice and God responds!

In response to the reports of wickedness that had reached heaven, God sent two angels to Sodom to rescue Lot and his family before judgment fell.  As these angels were visiting with Lot, the men of Sodom came knocking on Lot’s door, demanding to have those visitors (the angels appearing as men) for their own sexual pleasure.  Lot pleaded with them, “Please don’t do this wicked thing.” (Genesis 19:6) But they began to break down his door.  The angels intervened, pulled Lot inside, and struck the men outside blind.  They warned Lot to gather his family and leave because they were under orders from God to destroy that city.

The saddest note in this story is when Lot tried to warn his son’s-in-law about the coming destruction and they thought he was joking! (Genesis 19:14)  Lot had moved to Sodom with great riches.  He apparently tolerated the wickedness and even failed to help his own daughters find believing mates.  When the angels warned of the coming destruction, he delayed.   As they finally left, his own wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt! Jesus used this as a warning to His disciples and us!  {Luke 17:32)

How’s your discernment?  Are you aware of the warnings from God’s Word?  Are you warning those involved in the “sin of Sodom?”  Are you careful to vote for godly men and women who will listen to God’s Word on this subject?  Pray for discernment and intercede for mercy for our land!  He designed man and woman for marriage and reproduction and raising godly children.  God has given us freedom to choose our lifestyle, but He warns of consequences!  “Don’t do this wicked thing!”

“Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the Lord out of the heavens.  Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities and also the vegetation in the land.  But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:24-26

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2 thoughts on “Don’t do this wicked thing!”

  1. Lot’s introduction in the 1st vs of chapter 19,with him sitting at the gate of Sodom reminded me of vs 1 of Psalm 1 and the downward pull of sin. Lot’s association with sinful Sodom caused a life of compromise with disastrous consequences. How we need to heed the example of the life of Abraham and his focus on the things which cannot be seen…which are eternal.(2 Cor. 4:18)

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