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January 20th, Genesis 19-21: God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah, Isaac is born

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Humans dislike change. We become comfortable with our surroundings, and are loathe to leave it once we have established a connection to the land. Keep this mind as we read about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening. Lot saw them, got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. He invited them over to his house for the evening.

The two angels planned on staying in the square, but Lot insisted so strongly they went to his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking a bread without yeast, and they ate. But before they went to bed, all the men from every part of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called Lot to give up the strangers so they could have sex with them.

Lot went outside and shut the door behind him. He told the men that he would offer his virgin daughters, but to leave the men alone since they have come under the protection of Lot’s roof.

Get out of the way was the crowd’s reply. They reminded Lot that he was merely an alien in their midst. They kept bringing the pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. That’s when the angels pulled Lot back in and struck the crowd with blindness.

The angels told Lot to get his family and leave the city before God swept through with a wrath of destruction. Lot talked to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to his daughters. They thought he was joking. So Lot took his two daughters and his wife, with the angels imploring him to hurry.

Genesis 19:16 says
16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.

They were to not look back, but Lot’s wife had to look. And so, she turned into a pillar of salt.

The next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had bargained for Sodom and Gomorrah, but only saw dense smoke rising from the land.

Squick alert…

So, Lot and his two daughters satyed in a cave. For some reason, it was imperative that they continue the line. And so both daughters got their father drunk and had their father impregnate them. The older daughter had a son named Moab, the father of the Moabites. The younger daughter had a son named Ben-Ammi, the father of the Ammonites.

Now, Abraham moved on to the region of Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, and Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” [Ed note: Sarah must still have been quite the beauty at ninety, or Abraham just likes to mess with people.]

So Abimelech of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. But the Lord once again protected Sarah, as the Lord warned Ablimelech not to take another man’s wife. And so et again Abraham profits from misleading people, although we do learn that Sarah is really his half-sister, so he technically wasn’t lying.

Genesis 20:17-18 says:
17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.

Finally, Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham son, and they called him Isaac. It’s an appropriate name that means “he laughs”, for they laughed at God when He told him that Sarah would become pregnant. Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born.

But then Sarah saw Ishmael mocking Isaac, and so had Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away. Hagar and her son wandered around in the desert to the verge of dying from thirst, but the Lord opened her eyes and she saw a well from which to drink. Ishmael ended up living in the desert as an archer.

Abimelech and his commander, Phicol, wanted to deal straight with Abraham. But a problem arose when some of Abimelech’s servants sized one of Abraham’s wells.

Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and they made a treaty. Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, so Abimelech asked him the meaning of those seven lambs. Abraham replied that he wanted Abimelech to accept those seven lambs as a witness that he dug the well.

So that place was called Beersheeba, which can mean the “well of seven” or “well of the oath”. There Abraham planted a tamarisk tree and called upon the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.

The Chronological Bible study inserts Ishamel’s lineage here, stating that Ishmael probably married and had children before Abraham was tested through Isaac. The death of Ishmael would occur about ninety years after Abraham died.

And so we have Abraham, the father of three monotheistic faiths. Ishmael’s line is often claimed to be the progenitor of Muslims. Isaac’s line will lead to the Jews and Christians of today.

Questions: How hard would it be to leave your house right now if God told you he was going to destroy it in two hours? Have you ever used the same lie twice in different situations?

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