Wednesday, 18 November 2015

LESSONS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH

Genesis 19:12-26 NKJV
 12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city— take them out of this place!
 13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord , and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”
 14 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.
 15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”
 16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
 17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
 18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my Lords!
 19 Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.
 20 See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there ( is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”
 21 And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.
 22 Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
 23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.
 24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.
 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
 26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

While studying the bible early this morning, I came to this story about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. I was able to learn some lessons and that’s what I want to share with you

LESSONS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH
1. THE FINAL WARNING BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION: The angels of God told Lot that the outcry of the people has reached the Lord and they have been sent to destroy the cities. Therefore, they said to Lot, is there anyone else you have in the city? Take them out of here (verse 12). This same final warning applies to us, we all know the world is gradually coming to an end, we ought to bring our loved ones out of the coming destruction by preaching the Gospel to them.
2. NEVER TAKE THE GOSPEL WITH LEVITY: The sons-in-law would have been saved from the coming destruction if they heed their Father-in-law (Verse 14). Through my rational thinking, I have this feelings that Lot lost his daughters who were married alongside the sons-in-law in the destruction. Verse 16 says, the angel took Lot, His wife and His two daughters out of the city. These two daughters were the one Lot offered the men of Sodom and Gomorrah for them to use a night before. 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.” Genesis 19:8 NKJV. These are obviously the daughters who are married. Salvation of the father cannot save the daughters nor the sons-in-law. If you have to be saved, you have to make a move to save your own life too.
3. DO NOT REMAIN IN SIN: As soon as you hear the Gospel of God, please take heed. Do lot remain in sin. Leave your former life and follow the instructions of God from the bible and you will be saved from the coming destruction.
4. DO NOT LOOK BACK: Once you have been saved, let nothing take you back to your former life. I do not know what made Mrs Lot look back, but what is very obvious here is, she disobeyed the instructions of God. We also have our instructions in the Bible. If you want to be saved, leave all you have, take up your cross and follow Jesus. Let nothing make you go back to your former life from the moment you become saved. It is very dangerous.

These were just few from the lessons I was able to learn from this story today. If you find this very helpful, kindly share with your friend.

God bless you.
Have a wonderful day.

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