Sodom and Gomorrah (Sin City destroyed)

Sodom and Gomorrah (Sin City destroyed)
4/12/2013
Genesis 19:13-26
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.” But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom both young and old– surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” “Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here–sons-in- law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it–it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.” He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.) By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 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.

Uncle Chux Version
Lot was the nephew of Abraham. Both of their flocks had grown so large they had to live in separate parts of the country to feed them all (and prevent fights over water between the shepherds that worked for them).
Lot chose to live in the City of Sodom with his flocks feeding and supplying the city with wool and meat.

The people of the city acted so wickedly (rape, murder and other things which God abhors happened every day) that God decided to destroy the city and he sent two angels to get Lot and his family out before he did.
Job saw the angels (looking like men in white robes) enter the city and he invited them to stay with him (fearing the men of the city would abuse them sexually). They refused to come inside with Lot at first but he finally persuaded them to join him.

All of the men of the city came to Lot’s house and demanded that he send out the strangers so they could have sex with them. Lot went out and tried to talk the men out of this and even offered the men his virgin daughters. The men did not want to have sex with women, they wanted to have sex with the two new men in town.
The crowd pushed Lot back towards his house and the angels reached out and pulled Lot inside then shut the door and struck the men outside with blindness and disorientation.

The Angels asked if Lot had any other relatives in town and told him to get everyone willing out of town because they were going to destroy it. Lot talked to the men engaged to his daughters but they laughed the threat off and refused to leave.

The Angels warned Lot and his family to not look back upon the city once they left. Lot told the angels that the mountains where his flocks resided were too far away for him and his family to travel in a day so he asked if he would be safe in the little town close to the mountains and the angels said yes.

As soon as they were far enough away, God began raining down fire and brimstone (burning pellets of Sulfur which litters the ground to this day) on the city.
Lot got his wife and daughters out of the city before it was destroyed. Unfortunately Lot’s wife turned to look back and according to the story, she was instantly turned into a pillar of salt.

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About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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