The Tragic Life of Lot

I. Simple choices sometimes bring enormous consequences.

A. Lot followed Abram into Canaan. (Genesis 11:31)

1. Lot also followed Abram into Egypt and gained much wealth there. (Genesis 13:5-6)

2. Lot and Abram were so wealthy “that they could not dwell together”. (Genesis 13:6)

B. Lot chose ease and potential prosperity – not “the land of Canaan”.

1. He "lifted up his eyes". (13:5)

2. He "chose...and journeyed east...dwelled” (13:11-12)

a. Proverbs 27:20 – “the eyes of man…”
b. Proverbs 4:25-27 – “eyelids look straight…”
c. Luke 11:34-35 – “the light of the body is the eye…”

3. He fell to a classic temptation.

a. James 1:13-15 – drawn away by our own desires
b. 1 John 2:15-17 – loving “all that is in the world”
c. Joshua 7:21 – Achan: “saw”, then “coveted”, then “took”

C. Lot steadily progresses toward spiritual corruption.

1. He "pitched his tent toward Sodom". (13:12)

a. Initial tolerance for “worldly” environment
b. Unwilling to separate from ungodly conditions

2. He "dwelt in Sodom, with his goods". (14:12)

a. Soon association becomes a lifestyle.
b. Conscious choice in spite of obvious wickedness (13:13)
c. Lot is “vexed” by the “filthy” behavior. (2 Peter 2:7-8)
1) Verse 7 – kataponeo = afflict or oppress with evil
2) Verse 8 – basanizo = to test; torture; harass
3) “Filthy” --  aselgeia = unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence

3. He "sat in the gate of Sodom". (19:1)

a. Public participation and approval from the wicked
b. Resistance is both feeble and futile. (19:6-8)
c. Ultimate rejection and hatred by those whom Lot sought for approval (19:9)

II. Ungodly choices ALWAYS produce tragic results.

A. Lot is a "just" and "righteous" man. (2 Peter 2:7-8)

1. Lot is given a “possession” in the Land by God. (Deuteronomy 2:9, 19)

            a. God still loves and cares for His children.

2. Lot’s progeny becomes the Moabites and Ammonites. (19:37-38)

a. Both groups were and are in constant war with Israel.
b. Both groups will be destroyed. (Zephaniah 2:8-9)

B. Lot becomes the “victim” of Sodom’s rebellious leadership. (14:1-17)

1. The entire population is “victimized” by ungodly leadership.

2. Lot and his family are plundered and taken captive.

3. Were it not for Abram’s intervention, all would have been lost.

C. Lot intercedes and pleads with the Angels. (19:1-22)

1. Lot recognized the “messengers” and tries to protect them.

2. Lot pleads with the “men of the city” – to no avail.

3. Lot offers his daughters to satisfy the lust of the city – to no avail.

4. Lot is restrained and protected by the Angels.

5. Lot is mocked by his family.

6. Lot is dragged out of Sodom by the Angels.

7. Lot begs for a “little” city for his refuge.

E. Lot suffers the loss of all but his two virgin daughters.

1. His children are intermarried with Sodomites. (19:12, 14).

2. His wife won't leave. (19:26).

3. His wealth is destroyed with the cities.

4. His daughters corrupt themselves with him (19:30-38) and produce the pagan nations of Moab and Ammon.

F. Lot’s “reputation” and place in Kingdom history is eternally tragic.

1. Although “just” and “righteous,” he is remembered only for being “vexed” by the awful behavior of the wicked.

2. Although rescued by the Angels, his legacy is “remember Lot’s wife”. (Luke 17:32)

3. Although granted his wish to live in a “little” city, he produces only wicked descendants.

4. Although we will see Lot in heaven, he becomes the epitome of one whose “works” are “burned” and is saved, “yet so as by fire”.  (I Corinthians 3: 13-15)

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