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January 6, 2018 Bible Study — When We Can’t Even Practice What We Believe In Our Own Homes

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Genesis 19-20.

    When the angels came Sodom to see if the city was indeed as wicked as reported, Lot insisted that they spend the night in his house. They told him that they had intended to spend the night in the city square, something it was apparently common for travelers to do at the time, but Lot insisted. I noticed something interesting today when I was reading this passage. When the men of the city came to Lot’s door and demanded that Lot turn his guests out so that they could rape them, Lot asked them not to do such a wicked thing. There is reason to believe that, in Lot’s eyes, the wickedness these men wished to perpetrate was the violation of hospitality. They wished to inflict violence upon men who had been offered hospitality in their city. The response to Lot from the men of the city is interesting, to paraphrase, they said, “Who are you to judge us?” Notice that it was not enough for them that Lot look the other way when they violated hospitality by attacking men who stayed the night in the city square. He did not impose his sense of right and wrong on them there, but now they were declaring that his wish to defend men to whom he had extended hospitality was an offense against them. It was not enough that Lot did not interfere with their disregard for what he considered common decency in the public square, they wished him to allow them to turn out his own guests for them to abuse. I suspect that this may represent the sin which led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was not enough that Lot did not come out and condemn their violation of the code of hospitality which he believed in. They demanded that he not uphold that standard in his own home.

January 6, 2017 Bible Study — Separating Ourselves From Evil

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Genesis 19-20.

    When the angels got to Sodom, Lot insisted that they stay with him. The rest of the men of Sodom joined together to demand that Lot turn those men over to them. Reading between the lines the men of Sodom seem to be demanding that Lot lift his protection from the visitors. When Lot insisted on continuing to extend his protection to the visitors as their host, the men of Sodom told him that he was an outsider and no one would come to his defense either. The men of Sodom were guilty of sinful tribalism. They were willing to abuse and oppress outsiders for their own pleasure.

    I do not think that it is quite accurate that the men engaged to Lot’s daughters thought he was joking. I think it would be more accurate to say that they did not take him seriously. I suspect they thought that Lot was exaggerating because he was upset with what the men of the town had done earlier that night. In a way, they are an object lesson for us. They refused to separate themselves from the evil of those around them, even when warned that God’s judgment was about to come down. I am not fully sure of the implications for us, but, at the very least, we need to separate ourselves from our friends and neighbors when their sins go from being venal to oppressive.

January 6, 2016 Bible Study — Why Was Sodom Destroyed?

Starting on New Year’s Day (well, technically, on New Year’s Ever), I switched from using One Year Bible Online for my daily Bible reading to the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net”.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Genesis 19-20.

    When the angels arrived in Sodom, they made plans to spend the night in the city square. From several passages in the Bible and other sources we learn that it was an expected norm that travelers could and would “camp” in the city square as they passed through a town. Lot insisted that the men stay with him because he knew it was not safe for them to stay in the city square. When the men of the city discover what Lot has done, they demand he send the men out to them. I do not think the men outside of Lot’s door were all of the men of the city, but none of the rest were willing to stand up to this gang. The key factor here was that it was not safe to be a stranger in the city of Sodom. When I read this passage I think about stories I am seeing about many cities in this country. Cities where increasingly it is not safe to be a stranger. Any city where it is not safe for strangers to visit will be destroyed. Perhaps not as dramatically as Sodom, but nevertheless destroyed. There are cities which are dying, which everyone knows are dying. There are discussions about what went wrong, but in every case, those cities gained a reputation that it was not safe to visit them.

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    Once again Abraham was afraid that the people of a land would kill him in order to take his wife, Sarah. So, Abraham concocted the story that she was his sister (a story with apparently some truth to it: Abraham told Abimelech that they had the same father but different mothers). Once again, God prevented Sarah from being made another man’s wife. Abraham had seen what God had done in Egypt when the Pharaoh tried to take Sarah as his wife. This is yet another example of how Abraham, a man held up to us as a man of great faith, struggled with trusting God to protect him. Reading this reminds me that God will forgive me for the times when I fail to fully trust Him…and that He will still act to protect me even then.