Sunday, November 29, 2015
A Lesson About Lot's Life
Today, we will learn to avoid the sinful decisions made by Lot during his life when he looked, leaned, lived, legislated, lost his testimony, lingered, learned the ways of Sodom, and left sinful children. Notice in the picture above that the first sin Lot did was to look at the well watered plain of sinful Sodom and move towards Sodom. Sin usually starts out with a wrong look and a move toward the deceiving beauty of this world.
Friends unlike Lot, heed to the warning of Psalm 101:3 saying I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes like a hellivsion TV with filthy commercials that can place bad thoughts into innocent children. Instead say Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord (the Word of God) always before me; because He (Jesus) is at my right hand; I shall not be moved. Instead of a TV, get a computer and program the computer to only watch and hear daily bible preaching and blessed music about our Lord Jesus.
OK, the story about the above picture is found at Genesis 13:5 that says And Lot also which went with Abram had flocks and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together; for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
Genesis 13:8 goes on to say And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife I pray thee between me and thee and between my herdmen and thy herdmen, for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself I pray thee from me. If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right. If thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Now notice what Lot did at Genesis 13:10 that says And Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of Jordan that it was well watered every where before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan and Lot journeyed east and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Lot saw the grass of Sodom instead of the grace of our Lord Jesus. Lot saw the waters of Sodom instead of the wells of salvation. The bible warns us that this material world that appears beautiful is only temporary and passes away, but the unseen blessings from our Lord Jesus are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal (fading and passing away); but the things which are not seen (Jesus and the Word of God) are eternal. Friends let's daily look at the unseen eternal blessings of our Lord Jesus instead of this fading visible wicked world.
Unlike Lot, Jesus tells us to believe first and then we will see our blessings. Most people though desire to first see a blessing before they believe Jesus. Jesus told me to remind anyone reading this that the bible says at John 20:29 Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Also Hebrews 11:6 says But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Try this; Say Jesus I believe you even if I don't see or feel any blessings, and Brother Bob guarantees you that your blessings will become visible and appear because Jesus will be pleased by your faith. Jesus responds to faith and not doubt requiring sight.
Alright, let's move on with our discussion about Lot. After Lot first looked at sinful Sodom, Lot leaned and pitched his tent toward sinful Sodom. Lot's look was followed by a lean. Pictured above we see Lot's tent leaning toward Sodom described at Genesis 13:12 that says Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Neighbor, unlike Lot, avoid looking and leaning toward sin by giving no place to the devil in your life. Ephesians 4:27 says Neither give place to the devil. Instead of using alcohol, drugs, and sex before marriage when you are stressed; daily say I am crucified with Christ and covered by the blood of Jesus. I guarantee you that when your worries, stress, fears and problems are placed on the cross of Christ by faith, they will be destroyed and no longer exist. Friend, Jesus is the answer to your problems. Right now get saved and confess Jesus as your Lord, believing in your heart that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. Repent and turn from your sins and live with our Lord Jesus daily.
OK, next we see that after Lot looked and leaned, Lot lived and legislated in Sodom. This is how sin progresses. First there is a look, then a lean, and finally the person lives in sin. Genesis 14:12 says And they took Lot, Abram's brothers son, who dwelt (lived) in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Lot became lost in the sins of Sodom and called the sodomites his brethren at Genesis 19:7 where Lot said to the sodomites brethren, do not so wickedly.
Pictured above, Lot also agreed with the sins of Sodom by becoming a judge that legislated for Sodom at Genesis 19:1 that says And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate (defined as a judge in the gate) of Sodom, and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
Wow, Lot's sin caused him to worship angels instead of the Lord Jesus. Neighbor, only the Lord Jesus and not angels should be worshipped. Notice what an angel told the apostle John when John tried to worship an angel. Revelation 22:8 says And I John saw these things, and heard them, And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me. See thou do it not; for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book; worship God. Notice a true angel will tell someone to worship the Lord Jesus and not any angel or person.
Alright, after Lot looked, leaned, lived, and legislated, Lot then lost his testimony and lingered in Sodom. After Lot was told by the angels that Sodom would be destroyed, his sons in law pictured above mocked his warnings to flee Sodom before destruction as Lot lost his testimony by lingering in Sodom. Genesis 19:14 says And Lot went out and spake unto his sons in law which married his daughters and said Up get ye out of this place, for the Lord will destroy this city; But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
The sins of Sodom also made Lot reprobate who could not pray for himself or his family and escape the destruction of Sodom. Lot lingered in Sodom and the angels had to be merciful to Lot, his wife and two daughters by setting them without the city of Sodom. Genesis 19:16 says And while he (Lot) lingered, the men (angels) laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
Abraham's prayers saved Lot from the destruction of Sodom. Lot could not pray for himself because he chose to tolerate the sins of Sodom. Friends reading this anywhere, Romans 1:28 tells us that the sin of sodomy and same sex marriage will give a person over to a reprobate mind (not being able to pray for themselves). Sodomites or people that compromise and agree with sodomy same sex marriage like Lot can not pray for themselves and need saved christians (like Abraham) to pray for them to be saved.
Finally, after Lot looked, leaned, lived, legislated, lost his testimony, and lingered, Lot learned the ways of Sodom causing sinful children to be left. Lot and his two daughters learned in Sodom how to drink liquor and intoxicating beverages. After Lot's two daughters got their father Lot drunk, they both committed incest with Lot and gave birth to sinful Moab and Ammon. This left the evil children of the Moabites and the Ammonites. Friends, learn a lesson today from this story; Anyone that leans toward Sodom and this wicked world, will raise up enemies against the cross of our Lord Jesus like the Ammonites and Moabites.
God punished what Lot did with his daughters by not allowing for ten generations an Ammonite or Moabite to enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever. Deuteronomy 23:3 says An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord, even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever. But, Ruth the Moabite who married Boaz and became Jesus' great grandmother was the eleventh generation of the Moabites and blessed to enter into the congregation of the Lord. Neighbor, rejoice and read Matthew 1 and count eleven generations to Boaz and Ruth to prove that Ruth the Moabite was the eleventh generation and blessed by our Lord Jesus.
As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies that I pray bless people forevermore. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Until we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.