Back to the Beginning: Genesis 19:1-29

Today’s reading: Genesis 19:1-29
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There are no two ways about it. This is a shocking story.
The behavior of the men of Sodom… Shocking!
Lot’s attitude toward his daughters… Shocking!
Lot arguing with the angels trying to save his family… Really?!
God’s judgment raining down sulfur and fire… destroying whole cities… Shocking!
Lot’s wife turning to a pillar of salt… just for looking back… Shocking!

We live in a world today where shocking events happen everyday. We’re immune to most of them. They have become part of the fabric of our culture. For one, the ways we’ve strayed so far outside of God’s plan for marriage and sex. What’s happened to modesty? reverence for marriage? sexuality in general?

Shocking…

But make no mistake. God sees. He knows. And His judgment will one day rain down.

His Word says His judgment begins with His people today, now.

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God;
and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who
do not obey the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17 ESV
If we become hardhearted to His judgment and deaf to His Word, we will end up exactly like Lot’s sons-in-law believing the whole thing to be a joke. Being left behind and destroyed.
Father God, tender the hearts of Your people to sin.
We’ve taken what You call a narrow path and made it a broad road.
Holy Spirit convict our hearts in a way we know You are not joking.
I pray Your people humble themselves before You and repent.
In Jesus’s holy name, let it be so.

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