Sunday, October 7, 2018

Who Was Lot?

Genesis 19:18-20

There are many bible characters who made decisions that affected them and their family. Lot is one of the many characters. We are first introduced to Lot in Genesis 12 when God called Abram and Abram decided to move with Lot.

Genesis 12:5 (NIV)
He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
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So much can be learned from the life of Lot, however, our studies will be focused on Genesis 19:18-20 (NIV).

But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please!  Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die.  Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

A little background of Lot’s story before we delve deeper into understanding more about Destiny Defining Decisions.
In Genesis 12, we are told that Abram left Harran with his family and Lot. Later, in Genesis 13 we are told that Abram and Lot separated. This happened because Lot, who was traveling with his uncle Abram had become very wealthy as well, with flocks and many tents. So, the land could not support both Abram and Lot’s properties and as a result, disputes broke out between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. A decision was made and Lot chose to go eastward.

Genesis 13:11-12 (NLT)
Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram. So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain.
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Fast forward to chapter 19, apparently, Lot had moved into Sodom. We are told in Genesis 19:13 that the Lord had sent angels to destroy the land because the outcry against the place was so great that it had reached the LORD. The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah willfully sinned against the Lord.
So, this is a brief summary of the life of Lot. Stay tuned as we continue our studies together.

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