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So good to have you here to join me in our Daily Bread Bible study.
Today, we'll be looking into the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Just
the names Sodom and Gomorrah raise the brow and bring up the guard of
those familiar with the places. As we look in on Lot, Abraham's
nephew, we find him sitting at the gate of Sodom and Gomorrah. The
"gate" is a term used for the entrance of the city.
While sitting there, the two Angels who were with Jesus visiting
Abraham in our last episode, arrive just as it turns evening. When
Lot sees them, he gets up to meet them and invites them to his house
to stay the night.
The Angels turn down the offer and say that they'll remain in the
street all night. Lot, having lived in the city for some time and
knowing about the evil of the place, pleads with these two strangers
to reconsider. The Angels accept his offer and Lot makes them a feast.
Before they all turn in for the night, the wicked men of the city
surround the house and call out to Lot, asking him where the men are
that went into his home, and shouting to send them out so they could
defile them. See in Sodom and Gomorrah, murder, rape and
homosexuality were commonplace. That is why the men of the city were
demanding for Lot to send out his two new "friends" ...
Lot goes outside and hurriedly shuts the door behind him to try and
resolve the issue. He says to these men, Please, I beg you, don't do
such wickedness. And he said, Listen, I have two virgin daughters,
let me bring them out to you and do to them what you think is right,
but don't harm these men, that's why they're under the protection of
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Now that's odd huh? Strange as it may seem, as we learned in the last
story, it was very honorable to be accommodating to strangers before
even your own family, and for Lot to offer his daughters in order to
protect the Angels was their custom.
The men of the city shouted and mocked Lot, saying, You aren't even
from here, you're a stranger yourself and you want to be a judge? Now
we'll deal worse with you than with those two. They came close to
breaking in the door, when the Angels reached out and pulled Lot back
into the house with them. The Angels then struck all the men outside
with blindness, so that they couldn't even find the door to Lot's
The Angels told Lot that if he had any loved ones in the city, to get
them out, because the Lord had heard how loud the cry is that comes
from Sodom and Gomorrah, and He has sent these two Angels to destroy
it as to stop the tears. So Lot went and warned others to hurry up
and leave the city because the Lord was going to destroy it, but they
didn't believe him.
At the break of dawn, the Angels told Lot to hurry and take his wife
and his two daughters that lived with him and leave quickly so they
wouldn't be devoured by the wickedness of the city.
Lot hesitated. Certainly not because he enjoyed living among all the
evil and wickedness that was all around him, but remember, he had
been there for a while now and was rich in flocks and herds and gold
and such. There wasn't time to round up all the livestock. These
strangers were saying get out, and get out now.
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So here's Lot, lingering around. But because of the Lord's mercy, the
Angels took hold of him by the hand and his wife's hand and the hands
of his two daughters, and led them outside the city.
Then the Lord said, Run for your life and don't look back and
don't stay anywhere in the plain, but go to the mountain so you won't
And Lot said, You've been graceful and have shown me mercy by saving
my life. I can't go to the mountain or else some evil will find me
there and I'll die. But there is a little city near there, Oh please
let me go escape there and my life will be saved.
The Lord said to Lot, I'll allow you this, and I won't destroy the
city that you're talking about. Now hurry and go there because I
can't do anything until you get there. When Lot arrived in Zoar (the
name means Little, remember Lot said it was a little city), the sun
had risen and the Lord rained fire and brimstone out of heaven on
Sodom and Gomorrah. All the plain and all the people of the cities
there and all that grew out of the ground was destroyed.
But Lot's wife looked back, despite the warning from the two Angels
and she turned into a pillar of salt.
Lot, traveled to the little city called Zoar, which is at the south
end of the Salt Sea for those of you who are interested in geography.
His wife, who could not resist looking back, as the Lord had warned,
is standing somewhere in between, as a pillar of salt.
Meanwhile, Abraham, got up early that morning and stepping outside of
his tent, went to the place where he was last in the company of the
Lord and two of His Angels, pleading for the lives of any innocent in
the city where his nephew lived. When he looked toward Sodom and
Gomorrah and the plain of Jordan, all he could see was smoke, as if
it was coming out of a furnace. But God remembered Abraham's request
and sent Lot out of the middle of the destruction.
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But Lot didn't stay in Zoar. He, in fact, was afraid to live there
and ended up going to the mountain that the Lord told him to go to in
the first place. His two daughters went with him and they settled in
One day, the older daughter said to the younger one, Our father is
old. Let's make him drink wine and we will lie with him so that we
can keep our father's bloodline alive. So the first night, the older
daughter went in, and the second night, the younger went in. But, Lot
was passed out from being drunken and didn't even know that anything
The older daughter had a son and called him Moab, which is where the
Moabites came from, and they inhabited the area on the east side of
the Salt Sea. And the younger daughter also had a son and called him
Benammi, which is where the children of Ammon came from, and they
populated the area northeast of the Salt Sea. Both of these are the
area which is today called Jordan.
Remember the story of the fallen angel's offspring with the daughters
of men in the Noah's
Ark story we talked about? Well, here's a little more to that
giant story for you. The area where the Moabites (descendants from
Lot and his oldest daughter) lived was once the area where in times
before the Great Flood it was where these giants lived. They had
"families" or "clans" or "tribes" or whatever they called
genealogical lines of giants. The Moabites referred to this
particular group as Emims. The area of Ammon was also known as a land
of the giants that the Ammonites called Zamzummims and they lived
there after the previous giants, called Anakims were destroyed by the
Lord. Notice that the giant's sect names end in "im." You can find
this information as well as more about other giants in Chapter 2 of
the book of Deuteronomy.
Sodom and Gomorrah Bible Study on the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Bible Story Summary
So what have we learned from this story? First of all, don't stick
around in surroundings that you know are bad because sooner or later,
God will come a calling. And when you are on your way leaving your
past always remember the echo of the Angel's words ... "Don't look
back." Secondly, Hebrews
13:2 says ... Don't forget to entertain strangers, because by
doing so, some have entertained Angels without even knowing it. And
third, when the Lord or His representatives (Angels) tell you to do
or not to do something, like, "Don't look back" ... Don't.
Next time, we'll look in on Abraham and Sarah again and find out what
has been happening to them, so set your dial to Daily Bread and come
back and visit.
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