Genesis 19 – God Rescues Lot and Destroys Sodom

Genesis 19

Genesis 19 begins with “the two angels” coming to Sodom. Are these the two that were with the Lord when he visited Abraham in chapter 18? That seems likely. The Lord certainly would not go into the presence of such sin. Notice the depravity of the men who surround Lot’s home seeking to sexually assault the visitors. Even when stuck blind, they are still groping for the door. Lot offers his own daughters to them in an effort to appease them! This great fatherhood he is sowing will reap its reward.

Note how patient God is with Lot, granting his request to go to another city after being told to flee to the hills – and he is practically dragged out to safety before the destruction starts. The fact that nobody listened to Lot when he tried to convince them probably says as much about the kind of life he led as does the fact that he was living right in the middle of all the wickedness.

After all is done, Lot doesn’t even trust the Lord enough to remain in the city he fled to, but takes his daughters and lives in a cave.  Then they turn his sin back on him when they realize their hope of bearing children is probably gone. They get him drunk, and end up bearing his children, who explain the origin of the Moabites and the Ammonites (vv 37-38).

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

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Genesis 18 – Abraham Intercedes for Sodom

Genesis 18

You could study Genesis 18 several times and get material for a different Bible class out of it each time. First, there are the three visitors Abraham gets, and his knowledge that the Lord has come calling. We know that one of them is the Lord, and Abraham quickly comes to realize it, but we wonder about the other two. Are they simply angelic beings that are accompanying him? Is one of them the son of God? We don’t know, and as Moses wrote this, he did not have divine instruction to elaborate. Abraham makes haste to bring them a “morsel of bread” – which ends up being a freshly killed and prepared calf, and cakes from three seahs of flour he has Sarah prepare. A seah is said to be roughly 7 quarts! Then after they ate, the Lord makes His promise again that when He returns the next year, Sarah will bear him a son, which provokes an interesting exchange.

The rest of the chapter is about God’s displeasure and plans for dealing with the wickedness at Sodom, which He shares with Abraham. Why does God tell Abraham what He is about to do? His word tells us exactly why in verses 18-19. The Lord has “chosen” him and made Him His in the deepest manner. So much so that He is going to bless all the nations of the earth through him, and He wants him and those after him to do righteousness and justice. God’s visit to His friend (for that is a big part of what Abraham is to Him) was out of His concern and desire to instruct. What God has planned for Sodom is terrible, but He cares enough to tell him first and have his people learn from it.

What follows is the famous bargaining session between Abraham; and that ends with God promising He would not destroy it if He can find 10 righteous people there. Think about how just a few righteous people in the right place can make a difference.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 16 – Sarai and Hagar

Genesis 16

Abram and Sarai had been settled in Canaan for 10 years and were still childless. Notice verse 2 where Sarai does what people still all too often want to do – blame God for things in their life not being as they think they should be right now. So Sarai decides that since God isn’t doing things to suit her, she will take care of matters for Him.  This didn’t work out well then, and it doesn’t work out when we try to do it now. Sarai “gives” Abram her servant (Hagar), so she can conceive a child. That part succeeds, but when she becomes pregnant, Hagar “looks down” upon Sarai, and this is predictably unwelcome.

So Abram follows Adam’s example of bad leadership, and  dumps the problem back in Sarai’s lap for her to do “as she pleases.”  What pleases her is to tell Hagar to take a hike.  Hagar flees, alone and pregnant, into the wilderness. There, an angel of the Lord appears and  sends her back promising to make her offspring too numerous to count. She is to name her child Ishmael (which means “God hears”), and is told that he will be a”a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”  And indeed, Ishmael will be the father of what we know as the Arab nation.

Abram clearly still has much to learn, and God is not pleased with his actions.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 15 – God’s Covenant with Abram

Genesis 15

The first time someone reads this chapter, they might think “what in the world is going on here?” It is important to remember that in times past many customs that are very strange to us have come and gone. Abram is concerned because for one thing, he is not getting any younger, and he still has no children. God uses a ceremony making a covenant with Abram in the same way as was customary in that place and time. Basically, it meant that “if I do not live up to my end of the bargain, may the same thing be done to me as these animals.” God caused a deep sleep to come over Abram as “the smoking pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces” (v 17). These are clearly representative of God’s presence.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 14 – Abram Rescues Lot

Genesis 14

To give us an idea of how Abram’s wealth has grown, take note that in v 14, he takes 318 of his men – born in his house – with him to rescue Lot. Lot and his family have been abducted after  a battle lost by the kings around Sodom and Gomorrah to other kings. Abram’s rescue of Lot is successful, and afterward we are introduced to Melchizedek, who is both a king and a priest. God’s word does not tell us as much as we might like to know about Melchizedek. But he is obviously a significant figure, as in Hebrews 5:5-10 Jesus is said to be made a high priest by God after the order of Melchizedek.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 13 – Abram and Lot Separate

Genesis 13

Abram’s wealth was increasing, and indeed he is said in verse 2 to be rich in livestock and gold and silver. His nephew Lot had much livestock as well; and that was creating problems between the herdsmen of the relatives. So Abram gives Lot his choice of taking the land to one direction or the other, stating that he would take the other direction. Lot chooses the land that looks the best. As Abram settles in the land of Canaan, it is clear that this is where the Lord intended him to go along, as he repeats his promise and shows Abram the land that will belong to his descendants.

Abram’s faith is increasing; but as we will see, he is not a perfect man and has not learned to fully trust in God.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert