Read Genesis 18 and 19
I continue to find God & Abraham’s relationship so interesting and encouraging. As well as the interchange between God and Sarah and His “yes, you did laugh.”
- What stands out to you today in the relationship between God and Abraham?
- How does this impact your picture of prayer?
- Again we see a picture of a man (Lot) who cares for and wants to protect the angels, and then offers his daughters up. The good and the bad on display for all generations to read. Why do you think God intentionally shows both?
The Moabites and Ammonites descend from Lot’s daughters (again more good and bad on display), and one famous Moabite we won’t get to read about in this devotional is Ruth. You can read her story in the book of Ruth.
- How does this showing of the good as well as the bad and confusing encourage you in your daily walk with Jesus?
- What pops out in the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
SODOM & GOMORRAH
While this passage describes the events surrounding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, other passages give insight behind God’s judgment. For example in Ezekiel 16:49-50 it says, “‘49 Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.’” In Jeremiah 23:14 it states, “And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.” In the Gospels, Jesus states that cities that do not show hospitality to his disciples were worse than Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10:9-16; Luke 10:8-12). You can see from these passages God’s overall posture towards sin and sanctity of human life.