God knew. He had seen it before–in the eyes of Cain, the world at the time of Noah, and now, again in Lot’s time. All reverence for God and man had departed from Sodom and Gomorrah. In the absence of reverence, selfishness exploded into abuse and utter chaos. As the two angels appeared in Sodom, they were met at the gate by Abraham’s nephew, Lot. He could see immediately they were angels, and he was deathly afraid of what they would do to his home and what his city would do to them. He was right to be afraid.
The angels wanted to explore the city, to search for the 10 Abraham interceded for–they simply were not there. Lot knew that and knew he had to bring these messengers to safety. Try as he may–the city found out and appeared in force–to abuse and destroy the visitors–it did not matter where they were from; why they were in the city or whose guest they were–all that mattered was that the men of the city were entertained and satisfied; utter selfishness and chaos.
We live in a culture not so far from that. From the halls of government,the doors of business and centers of entertainment–most have lost reverence for all things sacred. In world War 2, all fighting stopped for Christmas Eve, not out of a sense of celebration, but more out of reverence for what the holiday represented. Now, on Thanksgiving day–the stores fling open their doors and slash their prices to yell “buy, buy, buy!” We have forgotten why we set days apart as holy–now they are simply reasons to skip a day of work and have a big meal. As his chosen, we must maintain our reverence for God. We need to be people of prayer and seek God’s forgiveness and restoration for our land. If we lose all reverence as a nation; with its loss will come the loss of freedom, family and peace. It will be replaced, as it was in Sodom, with tyranny, chaos and a total disregard for life and others. Join me in a vigilant course of prayer for the return of holy reverence for life and God in our land.
God Bless You
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”
9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.