Lessons from the Life of Abraham (part 9)

LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM

PART 9: GOD IS A GOD OF MERCY BUT ALSO OF JUDGEMMENT

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – THIS LESSON IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM BUT WHAT WAS GOING DURING HIS TIMES.  WE SEE EVIDENCE OF THE CORRUPTION & PERVERSION IN ABRAHAM’S TIMES THAT WOULD SEEM TO BE EQUAL OR SURPASS THE DEGRAGATION OF THE MOST CORRUPT & VILE CITIES OF THE MODERN WORLD.

TEXT: GENESIS 19.

 2)    IS ALL SIN EQUAL IN GOD’S SIGHT? (DOES GOD SEE IN BLACK & WHITE?) (1-9)

A)   JUDGE FOR YOURSELF: SODOM & GOMORRAH WERE THE ONLY CITIES THAT GOD EVER SINGLED OUT FOR DESTRUCTION THROUGH DIRECT DIVINE INTERVENTION.

B)   THE PERVERSION OF SODOM HAD SIGNALED AN ALARM IN HEAVEN; THE LORD HIMSELF HAD COME TO INVESTIGATE; HE BROUGHT TWO ANGELS WITH HIM.

C)   THE MEN OF SODOM WERE EXTREMELY WICKED;  WHOLE CITY WAS TAKEN OVER BY HOMOSEXUALITY; THEIR LUST KNEW NO BOUND

D)   IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER LOT KNEW THAT THESE WERE ANGELS.

E)   THEY HAD SURROUNDED LOT’S HOUSE AND WERE READY TO BREAK THE DOOR DOWN TO HAVE SEX WITH THESE STRANGERS, NOT KNOWING THAT THEY WERE HEAVENLY VISITORS WITH ENDOWED WITH SUPERNATURAL POWERS.

F)    DID LOT REALLY OFFER HIS TWO DAUGHTERS TO THESE PERVERTS OR DID HE KNOW THAT THEY WOULD HAVE NOT INTEREST AND THINK THEY WOULD PERHAPS LEAVE HIM ALONE SEEING HOW DESPERATELY HE WANTED TO PROTECT THESE HEAVENLY VISITORS?  WE REALLY DON’T KNOW?

3)    THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM! (10-22)

A)   THE TWO ANGELS CAME TO RESCUE LOT & HIS FAMILY BUT HIS FUTURE SONS-IN-LAWS THOUGHT IT WAS ALL A JOKE AND WERE DOOMED.

B)   LIKE MANY TODAY THEY WERE COMFORTABLE WITH THE CULTURE & SIN OF SODOM.  OUR SPIRITUAL SENSIBILITIES BECOME DULL & DESENSITIZED BY CULTURALLY ACCEPTED SIN.

C)   OTHER BIBLICAL REFERENCES TO SODOM & GOMORRAH & HOMOSEXUALITY INCLUDE: (SEE PARTIAL LIST BELOW)

D)   I BELIEVE THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY & LESBIANISM IS EXTREMELY REPREHENSIBLE TO GOD.  IT IS A SIN AGAINST NATURE A PREVERSION OF OUR GIFT OF SEXUALITY & OUR GOD GIVEN ABILITY TO PROCREATE – YET SEVERAL DENOMINATIONS ARE ORDAINING CLERGY WHO PUBLICALLY ADMIT TO THIS LIFESYLE.  SHAME ON THEM!

E)   NOTICE THE SENSE OF URGENCY – THE ANGELS URGED LOT AND HIS FAMILY “HURRY!” …”FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!…”DON’T LOOK BACK!  “DON’T STOP ANYWHERE, FLEE TO THE MOUNTIANS!”

F)    MANY NOMINAL CHRISTIANS SPIRITUALIZE THE “RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH” AND THE “GREAT TRIBULATION” SPOKEN OF IN DANIEL & REVELATION. THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THESE EVENTS FORETOLD CAN BE TAKEN LITERALLY.  WE’

4)    GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE & MERCY BUT ALSO JUDGEMENT (23-29)

A)   BY EARLY THE NEXT MORNING GOD BEGAN RAINING SULPHUR & BRIMSTONE UPON THE 5 CITIES INCLUDING SODOM & GOMORRAH, AFTER LOT & HIS FAMILY WERE SAFELY IN ZOAR.  EXCEPT FOR LOT’S WIFE WHO DISOBEYED, LOOKING BACK, SHE WAS TURNED INTO A PILLAR OF SALT.

B)    Gen 19:27 – 29 (NIV)  Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. 29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

C)   THE SIN OF SODOMY WAS NAMED AFTER THE CITY OF SODOM.

5)    WHERE ARE THE REMAINS OF THESE CITIES?  LOCATIONS OF THESE CITIES BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LOCATED SOUTH OF THE DEAD SEA.  UNUSUAL ROCK FORMATIONS INDICATE WALLS.  WALLS & HOUSES DESTROYED BY FIRE – LAYER WITH BALLS OF SULPHUR NOT CONSISTENT WITH GEOLOGY OF SURROUNDING AREA.  THIS AREA OF SOUTH OF DEAD SEA IS LOCATED ON A GEOLOGICAL RIFT THAT COULD INDICATE EARTHQUAKE & VOLCANIC ACTIVITY WAS USED BY GOD TO DESTORY THESE CITIES.

6)     THE SAD AFFAIR OF LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (30-36) – THE DAUGHTERS OF LOT GOT LOT DRUNK AND HAD SEX WITH THEIR FATHER FEARING THAT THEY WOULD HAVE NO CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN.  (THERE HUSBANDS TO BE WERE DESTROYED WITH THE CITY OF SODOM.) THE MOABITES AND AMMONITES CAME FROM THESE INCESTOUS AFFAIRS. THIS VERSE IS COMPARES THESE NATIONS TO THE CITIES OF SODOM & GOMORRAH: Zep 2:9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” declares the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah– a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder them; the survivors of my nation will inherit their land.”

SCRIPTURES THAT TALK ABOUT SODOM & GOMORRAH O.T. & N.T.

Jude  7 “…Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

Gen 14:1 At this time Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim 2 went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (the Salt Sea).  (BATTLE OF THE KINGS WHERE LOT & FAMILY CAPTURED, RESCUED BY ABRAHAM)

Deu 29:23 The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur–nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.  (NAMES 4 TOWNS DESTOYED ALTOGETHER)

Jer 49:18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,” says the LORD, “so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it.  (ALSO REFERS TO OTHER NEIGHBORING TOWNS)

 Mat 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. 15 I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.  (JESUS REFERRING TO SODOM & GOMORRAH)

 2Pe 2:5-9 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)–9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.

 

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