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Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 05/05/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                                THE RUINED CITY

  Lot was a man whose life strongly resembled the characteristics of the city he lived in. Sodom was not known for being a strong city. In fact, one time the men of Sodom tried to get away with not paying tribute to their master. It wasn't long before invaders came, scattering the weak men of Sodom and taking away anything they wanted in the city. When God sent Abraham to the rescue it is interesting to note that the only thing the king of Sodom cared about was that Abraham return any hostages to him. This reveals that the devil was keenly interested in keeping ahold of all the people who lived in sin in Sodom. The people of Sodom never thought about how they were injuring each other in this life and in the next by the way they lived.   It was the same with the way Lot looked at his family. He didn't teach them the ways of God that he had learned while traveling with Abraham. He felt that the power of sin in the city was too strong to be able to hope to make a dent in it. So it was that Lot and his wife clung to Sodom as an alcoholic clings to his bottle, too weak to delight in it and too afraid to leave it.   Lot was to weak to defend himself against the situation that he had gotten himself into. He could not think of a solution to his problems, and so he watched his family becoming drawn into the lifestyle of Sodom without a complaint. His sense of right and wrong became twisted. He had no defense against temptation except to try to call one evil better than another evil.   When God sent his angels to destroy Sodom there was nothing that could defend the city. In the same way, God knew that Lot was so weak that the only way to rescue Lot was to have his angels do for him what he couldn't do for himself. The angels sent Lot and his family outside the city and kept him safe from the fiery destruction, but there was nothing anyone could do to stop the spiritual destruction that Lot had allowed in his own life.

Taken from Genesis 14, 18, 19

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