Children’s Study – Abraham, Part 11 The Destruction of Sodom

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Abraham – Part 11 – Abraham witnesses the destruction of Sodom

Last time we learned that our loving Father is both omnipotent (able to do all things) and omniscient (knows all things). We also learned that what was written for Abraham were also written for us.

Rom 4:23 These words (“he was accepted”) were written not only for Abraham.
Rom 4:24 They were also written for us. God will also accept us because we believe.

We believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from death.

So it is good for us to study all these stories because they teach us on how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

1Co 10:11 (KJV) Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

What these stories show us is we will be punished when we do bad things but we will be rewarded when we do good things.

Rom 15:4 (ESV) For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Our hope should be happiness in the next life, when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Php 3:20 (CEV) But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ
Php 3:21 has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body.

Let’s continue the story of Abraham, but this time we will look at what happened to Lot, his nephew who lives in a city called Sodom.

Gen 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth
Gen 19:2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.”
Gen 19:3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

So Lot had the same attitude as Abraham. He also wanted to serve these men. He fed them and insisted for them to stay in his house.

Gen 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.
Gen 19:5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”

These men wanted to do an evil thing with Lot’s guests. These men are called homosexuals.

homosexual – a person who is attracted to people of the same gender

The world today is very accepting of homosexuality. Men are allowed to marry another man, and women are allowed to marry another woman. This is NOT okay with God.

1Co 6:9 Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual
1Co 6:10 will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others.

Let’s continue the story of Abraham’s nephew, Lot.

Gen 19:6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him,
Gen 19:7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.
Gen 19:8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”

This seems to be a very weird way of making these men go away, but Lot knew these men will not be attracted to his daughters because they are gays.

Gen 19:9 But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
Gen 19:10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.
Gen 19:11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

All these people were struck blind! This shows us again how powerful God is, and he gives this power to His messengers.

Gen 19:12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place.
Gen 19:13 For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.”

outcry – a strong expression of public disapproval or anger

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are symbols of the world today. The world has not become better even after these evil cities got punished by God. We know that because we are told that in the Bible:

2Ti 3:13 But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves.

So these evil people fool others, as they are fooled themselves. How do we prevent ourselves from being fooled by them?

2Ti 3:14 Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things.
2Ti 3:15 Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved.

Let’s continue the story of Lot:

Gen 19:14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
Gen 19:15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.”
Gen 19:16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
Gen 19:17 And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.”
Gen 19:18 And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords.
Gen 19:19 Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die.
Gen 19:20 Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!”

Why did the Lord pity Lot and his family?

Apostle Peter wrote why the Lord pitied Lot:

2Pe 2:6 God punished the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and this is a warning to anyone else who wants to sin.
2Pe 2:7 Lot lived right and was greatly troubled by the terrible way those wicked people were living. He was a good man, and day after day he suffered because of the evil things he saw and heard. So the Lord rescued him.

We also live in an evil world and like Lot, we would also be greatly troubled by the terrible way the evil people around us are living. But we need to hold on to the hope of God’s promise to save us.

Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it also shall be in the days of the Son of Man.
Luk 17:27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:28 So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
Luk 17:29 but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all.

brimstone – sulfur; a yellow chemical element that has a strong, unpleasant odor when it is burned and that is used in making paper, gunpowder, medicine

Luk 17:30 Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Our Lord will come like a thief in the night, without warning. Continue to obey your parents and the words of our Lord in the Bible to prepare yourself for the coming of His kingdom here on earth.

Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the towns near them, having like these, given themselves up to unclean desires and gone after strange flesh, have been made an example, undergoing the punishment of eternal [eonian] fire.

Let’s continue the story of Lot:

Gen 19:21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken.
Gen 19:22 Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
Gen 19:23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.
Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven.
Gen 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
Gen 19:26 But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Why was Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, but his daughters weren’t?

God’s angels or messengers specifically told Lot and his family to not look back when they were destroying Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:17). Lot’s daughters listened to this warning, but Lot’s wife didn’t listen, so she got punished. This tells us that it is very important to listen to God’s messengers.

In the New Testament, we are given these verses about Lot’s wife that is also connected to looking back:

Luk 17:31 On that day [the day of the Lord, preceding verses], if anyone is on the roof of the house, and his goods are in the house, let him not go down to take them away; and let him who is in the field not go back to his house.
Luk 17:32 Keep in mind Lot’s wife.

Looking back is a symbol of looking back to our former way of life. When our Lord comes to our life, when we learn God’s truth, we must not look back or go back to how we lived a sinful life.

Eph 2:1 In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God.
Eph 2:2 Yes, in the past your lives were full of those sins. You lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers over the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God.

We must continue to live by faith and not turn back to our old sins:

Heb 10:38 The people God accepts will live because of their faith. But he isn’t pleased with anyone who turns back.
Heb 10:39 We are not like those people who turn back and get destroyed. We will keep on having faith until we are saved.

Let’s now go back to Abraham:

Gen 19:27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
Gen 19:28 And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.

Abraham must have realized by now that there wasn’t even ten righteous people in Sodom to prevent the Lord from destroying this city and the other cities near it including Gomorrah.

Gen 18:20 Then the LORD said, “I have heard many times that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are very evil.
Gen 18:21 I will go and see if they are as bad as I have heard. Then I will know for sure.”
Gen 18:32 Abraham said, “Please don’t be angry, Lord, and I will speak only once more. What if only ten are found?” He said, “I will not destroy it if there are ten.”

The Lord knew this all along. The reason He said that He wanted to make sure if the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are very evil is to provoke Abraham to plead to Him not to destroy those cities.

Those who understand the words of God will see that the Lord is trying to show us how the whole world is now indeed deceived by Satan. And only a very few people are chosen to be saved first in the first resurrection.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, the old serpent called Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

deceive – cause to believe something that is not true

Gen 19:29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.

On the other hand, those whom God wants to blind will think that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will burn in the lake of fire forever because they chose not to repent on their own free will.

But the truth is the Lord will have mercy upon all and even the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be saved in the end.

Psa 22:27 Everyone on this earth will remember you, LORD. People all over the world will turn and worship you,

Psa 86:9 All the nations you have made [including Sodom and Gomorrah] shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

Lot and his two daughters escaped the destruction that fell on Sodom:

Gen 19:30 Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters.

The chapter continues on to tell about a very evil thing that Lot’s daughters did. I will let the parents tell it to their kids if they think the kids are mature enough to understand that part of the story.
Next time, Lord willing, we will continue the story of Abraham and learn more

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