There is so much evil in Sodom (v 4). All the people, to the last man, show up at Lot’s door to harm the guests (angels) who had arrived.
Much like Noah, Lot is warned of the coming judgement and given a chance to be saved.
Lot’s nephews did not take it seriously (v 14).
Lot lingered (v 16).
Lot’s wife looked back (v 26).
Only Lot and his two daughters escape the judgement that rained down on Sodom.
👉 How do we respond when we read a command, a correction, or warning in Scripture?
Do we fail to take it seriously?
Do we hesitate (linger) before obeying?
Do we look back with longing to the very thing the Lord is delivering us from?
Something stood out to me this morning as I read this – v 29 – “God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out…”
Lot chose to live in Sodom. Some commentaries stated that, because Lot was sitting at the gates of Sodom when the angels arrived, that he had some standing in the city. Or, at the very least, did not speak out against the sins of the city. So, why were the angels so intent on rescuing Lot?
Because God remembered Abraham.
And what had Abraham done in Genesis 18:22-33? He had begged for mercy for the righteous living in the wicked land of Sodom.
God remembered the prayers of Abraham and delivered Lot from certain destruction.
The prayer of a righteous man has great power (James 5:16.)
Don’t give up.
Don’t grow weary.
Pray for the prodigal.
Pray for your children and grandchildren as they navigate this wicked world. Even if they sojourn in Sodom – the Lord can deliver them.
👉 Lot’s deliverance was a direct result of Abraham’s prayers.