Genesis Chapter Nineteen, Lessons From Sodom & Gomorrah...

In our study of Genesis chapter nineteen, we look at God's judgment on Sodom & Gomorrah and the judgment that is to come. 

Genesis 19:1

"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." NIV translation

As we saw in chapter 18, these two angels were sent by the Lord to check to see if the sins of Sodom were as bad as reported. They arrived and were met at the city gate by Lot which tells us that he had become a part of the political system because it was judges and leaders that sat at the gates of cities.

Genesis 19:2 & 3

"'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.' 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." NIV translation

The angels were going to spend the night in the city square but, knowing that the streets were not safe at night, Lot insisted that they stay with him. We see that he baked them bread without yeast and are reminded that, throughout the Bible, yeast was associated with sin. In this act, we see that Lot knew of the things of God and yet had become comfortable in this evil city. This is a picture of the compromising church of the last days.

Genesis 19:4 & 5

"Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom - both young and old - surrounded the house. 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.'" NIV translation

The men of the city showed up and demanded that the angels be turned over to them. In this we see part of the reason for God's coming judgment on the city. They had forsaken the plan of God for men and women to be together and instead wanted to have sex with other men. This is the basis for the term "sodomy" which is used even today to describe this sin.