Lot’s Dilemma

July 5, 2020

God has spoken with Abraham and told him of the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Gen 18:20-33)

Lot lived in the city of Sodom. The population there could be thousands. What is known was the city was vile and full of evil. However, God gave Lot, because he was righteous, a way out. The Angels of the LORD came to Lot to rescue him.

Lot’s dilemma is; When do I leave, where do I go, what does my future hold?

But Lot didn’t follow the directions at first. He waited, but the Angels were not going to wait, and neither were the evil people in Sodom. Lot’s family, his son’s son’s in-law, wife, and daughters were not willing to leave.

Lot and his family recognized the danger posed to the Angels and his family. Lot, though faithful, was still scared of the unknown future. He tried to stall. However, he knew the Angels were real when they blinded the evil men attempting to push their way into Lot’s home.

The Angels told Lot to take his family and take refuge in the mountains. Lot did not want to hide in the caves. Instead, he asked the Angels if he could go to the “very small” town of Zoar, The Angels agreed.

That morning the Angels led Lot, his wife, and daughters out of Sodom and told them to not look back. As they fled Lot’s wife looked back at the destruction of Sodom. She was turned into a pillar of salt.

Lot’s faith got him out of Sodom, but he lost his wife. Her turning back demonstrated not only a lack of faith, but the desire to stay in such a sinful place. Lot’s wife did not fear God and in breaking God’s command she suffered the consequence. Lot knew enough that staying in Zoar was a bad idea. So he ran to a cave.

Lot’s daughters used wine to get their father drunk and they slept with him. The heart of humans is deceitful. Lot’s daughters wanted babies to improve their lives. It doesn’t. Lot took the wine, but could he control his drinking, No.

To quote Matthew Henry, “From the silence of the Scripture concerning Lot henceforward, learn that drunkenness, as it makes men forgetful, so it makes them to be forgotten.”

The Story of Lot at Sodom is found in Genesis Chapter 19.

I Will Be

July 3, 2020

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

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When Moses asked God who he should tell the Children of Israel what God’s name is God said “Yahweh…”(Ex 3:15) Yahweh is the Hebrew verb “He Will Be”, The personal name of the God of Israel.

The name Yahweh shows up over 6000 times in the Old Testament. In order to show honor to the name the Hebrews used the Jewish word “Adonai”. In English, Adonai translates to LORD.

The translation from the Jewish Bible did not want people to actually say God’s name. So, they made up a word. They did this by taking the YHWH from Yahweh, and then added the AOA from Adonai, which created the word “YAHOWAH”. No Israelite ever said the word Ya-Ho-Wah, the made up word was meant as a visual device to say Adonai.

When the English translations began no one knew that YAHOWAH was a made up word. And pronouncing the word became JEHOVAH. Regardless of the name you use; God, Yahweh, Yahowah, Adonai, or LORD, the name means the same.

Sodom and Gomorrah

July 1, 2020

Genesis 18:20-21 “And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.”

The created Angels left Abraham and Jehovah. Jehovah stayed with Abraham to tell Abraham what was about to happen.

Jehovah does not punish the sinner in their time, but he does it in his time. He gives people the chance to repent as individuals. Jehovah loves the sinner and wants them to love him. There comes a time when punishment for sin sends a message. Listen.

Jehovah gave Abraham the opportunity to learn the ways of God. Abraham prays to Jehovah to spare 50, 45, 40, 30, or 10 righteous people in the city. Jehovah’s message is that he will spare the righteous. But not the unrighteous.

The Angels of Jehovah arrive at Sodom.

Abraham and His Visitors.

June 30, 2020

“And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,” (Gen 18:2)

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Abraham saw the three men and ran to meet them. Abraham offered to wash their feet and feed them. Abraham had Sarah make bread and a servant dress a calf. He served the three with bread, butter, milk, and the dressed calf.

Abraham stood by then three as they ate. Then one of the men asked where Sarah was. Abraham told them that she was in the tent.

The Lord said to Abraham, “…I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” (Gen 18:10)

Abraham and Sarah were beyond the normal stage of life where they could have children. When Sarah heard the Lord say she would have a son, she laughed at the idea that someone as old as her could do such a thing.

The Lord asked Abraham, why did Sarah laugh? The Lord said, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” (Gen 19:14)

Instead of being honest, Sarah feared the Lord and denied laughing. Sarah laughed because she lacked Faith. She sinned because she thought she could hide her laughter from the Lord.

Abraham is blessed to be the father of a nation. The family dynamic will be difficult.

ABRAHAM

June 29, 2020
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“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Gen 17:1)

“4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”

Abram meant the father as head of his family. God changed his name to Abraham, which meant the Father of a Nation. God also changed the name of Sari, which meant My Princess to Sarah, which means the Princess of a Nation.

God’s covenant with Abraham was to make him and Sarah the patriarchs of a great nation. God will make Abraham’s nation fruitful and give them the land of Canaan. God also stipulated that they must all be circumcised. Not just Abraham’s family, but also everyone in his house to include the servants.

Abraham would father the Kings of Israel and Jesus Christ.

SHEMA

June 28, 2020
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Shema is the ancient Hebrew word for Listen. Listen, has many meanings.

Listen can mean the mechanical ability to hear sound.

Listen can mean to understand something. Simple things like an alarm, a dog barking, on someone crying, or more complex levels of understanding.

Listen can mean to obey. A dog might hear what you say and have no idea what you mean. When you teach a dog it will learn to obey commands they hear and understand.

God talks to us everyday. We must learn to Shema.

The War of Nine Kings

June 27, 2020
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War and politics are the oldest form of argument. Four kings, band together to make war on five Kings who had also banded together. Exactly who these kings were is an argument for archaeologists. What is known is that the war ended with the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled the battle. They either were killed in the slime pits, or fled into the mountains.

Abram head of the war and discovered his nephew Lot had been captured. Abram selected 318 of Abram’s trained servants went on a rescue mission to return Lot. Abram’s forces attacked at night and were able to return all of the goods the enemy had taken, but they returned Lot as well.

Abram is hailed by Melchizedek king of Salem as a hero. Melchizedek blessed Abram in the name of God. He also told Abram to release the prisoners to him, but to keep all the spoils of the war. This is the twist of politics.

Abram refused the offer of the spoils of war, ” That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:”(Genesis 14:23) Abram wasn’t stupid. He fully realized that to accept such a gift, would come with strings at a later date. This is the danger of accepting gifts, even if you deserve them. The politics of nations, states, cities, and families are full of these stories. To quote Jesus, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and unto God that which is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Anything else is an argument that can be used against you.

Abram gave God all the glory.

Read the full account of the War at Genesis chapter 14.

Abram

June 26, 2020
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Abram, his wife Sari, and his nephew Lot left his fathers’ home and journeyed under the blessings and direction of God. It was faith that led Abram into Egypt.

Along the trip Abram put up altars and sacrificed to God. And a great famine was on the land, and Egypt would be Abram’s refuge.

Abram knew that his wife Sari was a good looking woman. He feared that is the Egyptians looked upon her their lust would result in Abram being killed. Abram hatched a plan. He told his wife to tell the Egyptians that she was Abram’s sister.

Abram, like all of us, was not perfect. His fear of what might happen exceeded his faith. But the Lord plagued the Egyptians. Pharaoh realized that Sari was Abram’s wife. Pharaoh wanted nothing to do with this and he sent Abram out of his sight. Abram left with more than he had brought with him.

Abram was wealthy in cattle, silver, and gold. His nephew Lot was also wealthy. With so many animals the two could not live in the same place, so they decided to split up. Abram let Lot pick which way he should go. Lot picked the plain of Jordan and Abram picked Canaan.

The Lord shewed Abram what the land of Canaan was like. A fertile land. The Lord also told Abram that he would father a nation as numerous as the grains of dust. Abram built an altar to worship the Lord.

The Tower of Babel

June 25, 2020
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“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” (Gen 11:1)

Progress! With the ability to speak directly to each other the people were able to teach, learn, and invent. The people had progressed from piling stones to make a house, to making bricks of clay and straw to make a tower. A really big tower.

What were they progressing toward?

Heaven, of course! Utopia here on Earth!

Just as in any society, fear, lust, and greed for power never reaches a utopia. When I say that, I am speaking directly to you, and me. We fear everything. We lust over food, drink, transportation, places to live, etc… Our greed to protect what we have or take what we want is throughout our hearts. We lie to protect ourselves from others who lie to protect themselves from us.

God knew this. God also knew that in time people would be able to use technology making speech between others possible. God also knew that he alone controlled time.

God could have destroyed the tower by violent means, but he didn’t. He changed the languages they could speak. This set them off to other lands. God’s plan is as true today as it was thousands of years ago.

Noah

June 24, 2020
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Genesis chapter 4 tells the story of Cain and Able. As simple as it sounds it tells the story not just of the one brother killing the other, but of how Cain felt no remorse for what he had done. Cain worried more about what other people would do to him. This quickly becomes the way of the world. With an exception.

After the death of Able, Eve gave birth to Seth. In the genealogy,, Seth’s line leads to Jesus. And now comes Noah.

God was extremely angry at the evil that was on the Earth. Every evil imaginable was living in the heart of man. So God, told Noah to build a boat to hold 2 of all the animals in the sky and creeping around on the ground. He added 7 of eachof the clean animals to be used for a sacrifice.

When God destroyed the evil people on the world with a flood, he knew that evil would continue in this world. Noah was not a savior for the world Noah was not a perfect soul, however, he was striving to serve God. Noah walked with God, not against him.

Isn’t that the problem with the believer? Satan whispers to you those things that are pleasant to the eye, or what makes you feel good. That is not what is actually good. It is the evil that still exists and destroys you.