Genesis 19 depicts the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by two angels sent by the Lord. Though the cities are laid waste, God remembers Abraham and brings Lot and his family out of their home to safety.
Sitting at the gate in Sodom, Lot saw two angels come into the city. He rose immediately and urged them to come into his house. Though they refused, he insisted until they agreed to feast with him and pass the night in his home.
Lot Protects the Angels
Later in the evening, a host of men came up from the city and demanded that Lot release the men to them so that they might sleep with them. Lot begged the mob to turn from their wicked intentions and to take his two daughters instead. The host, however, became more agitated and began to act violently towards Lot. Before they could do any damage, however, the angels pulled Lot inside the house (how? An opened door? ‘Through’ the locked door’?) and struck the men with blindness, after Lot was safely inside.
The Angels’ Command
After pulling Lot into the house, the angels instructed Lot to take his family out of Sodom, for they planned to destroy it in the morning because of the people’s iniquity. Lot’s son-in-laws (the pull of a city filled with plenty was too alluring) refused to leave so when the morning came, Lot left with only his wife and two daughters.
Lot’s Wife Turns into a Pillar of Salt
Now the angels had commanded Lot and his family not to look back (YOU are a new Creation a brand new Man, keep your eyes on Jesus, look not to the left or the right. There is rest along the narrow path and co-journiers lend aid.)
When you confess your sins to one another you bring them into the light, and you will see them wither before your eyes. … Praying for one another is vitally important in our battle against sin because prayer has great power as it is working. James 5:16-18
on the city as they fled, for doing so would lead to their consumption. While he and his daughters obeyed the angels instructions, his wife did not. She turned to look back on the destruction of the city and suddenly became a pillar of salt. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/lessons-from-a-pillar-of-salt/
Lot Sleeps with his Daughters
When they had fled, Lot and his daughters took shelter in a cave outside of Zoar because they were afraid to go down to the city. Because there were no men who could give Lot’s daughters heirs, they decided to get their father drunk and lie with him. Both became pregnant by their father and bore sons. The eldest daughter’s descendants became the Moabites, and the youngest daughter’s became the Ammon.
They are located in the land of Syria. According to the biblical account, Ammon and Moab were born to Lot and Lot’s younger and elder daughters. The Bible refers to both the Ammonites and Moabites as the “children of Lot”.
Chemosh Chemosh was the national deity of the Moabites whose name most likely meant “destroyer,” “subduer,” or “fish god.” While he is most readily associated with the Moabites, according to Judges 11:24 he seems to have been the national deity of the Ammonites as well.
Moab, kingdom, ancient Palestine. Located east of the Dead Sea in what is now west-central Jordan, it was bounded by Edom and the land of the Amorites. The Moabites were closely related to the Israelites, and the two were frequently in conflict.
There is so very much to absorb, study and learn about His-Story. God has Known all along of the potential inevitable fall of Man, hence the one rule – Do not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. https://www.quora.com/How-were-Adam-and-Eve-punished-by-God/answer/Mathew-Pekora-2?ch=3&share=748b16ea&srid=pEmmL
God planted a beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden. It had beautiful trees with delicious fruit – everything a person would need to eat. Right in the middle of the garden were the “tree of life” and the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Then,
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (NIV, Genesis 2:15-17)
Adam was all alone in the garden with no one to help him. So, God put Adam into a deep sleep and took one of his ribs and formed it into a woman to be Adam’s wife. Adam named her “Eve.”
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and pleasant to the eyes, and would make one wise, she took the fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate.Of all the animals God created, the serpent was the most tricky and deceitful. He came to Eve and asked, “Really? None of the fruit in the garden? God says you must not eat any of it?” “Of course we can eat it,” Eve replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that we cannot eat. God says we mustn’t eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”
“That’s a lie!” said the serpent. “You won’t die! God knows very well that when you eat it you will become like Him – you will know good from evil!” Eve looked at the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and saw that it looked fresh and delicious. She thought the fruit would make her wise like the serpent said it would. Eve was convinced! She picked the fruit and ate it, and she gave some to Adam to eat, too.
The fruit did not make Adam and Eve very wise, but they did realize for the first time that they were not wearing any clothes! They were embarrassed and made themselves skirts of fig leaves.
God Was Angry
Later that day, God was walking in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were ashamed of what they had done and afraid to face God, so they hid in the trees. But God knew they had eaten the forbidden fruit. Adam tried to put the blame on Eve, and Eve tried to put the blame on the serpent, but God was angry with all three of them!
God punished the serpent by cursing his kind. They would forever have to crawl on their bellies in the dust and be enemies of mankind.
God punished Adam and Eve, and all their descendants, by making their lives hard. No longer could they live in the perfect world of the Garden of Eden. Men would have to struggle and sweat for their existence. Women would have to bear children in pain and be ruled over by their husbands. Adam and Eve were thrown out of the beautiful Garden of Eden forever.
This is more than a story about the first man and woman; it is a story about all of us. Adam and Eve thought they would get pleasure and wisdom from eating the forbidden fruit, but they got neither. Their lives were ruined because of their sin.
We may know right from wrong, but sometimes, like Adam and Eve, we give in to temptation and convince ourselves that doing wrong is actually a good thing. Also, like Adam and Eve, we often find that doing wrong gets us into trouble and has other bad results.
Was the Forbidden Fruit an Apple?
The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is often pictured as an apple, but the Bible never says what it was.
Was the Serpent the Devil or Satan in Disguise?
Many people think the serpent was Satan or one of his agents. The serpent’s acts of deception, temptation and ridicule are the same as the methods used by Satan, but the Bible does not say for sure.
Where Was the Garden of Eden?
The Bible story mentions the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which means Eden was in the region of modern Iraq. It is impossible to determine the exact location, however. Many people believe Eden was not an actual place but a symbol for the perfect life and closeness to God that mankind has lost because of sin.
And we again bring our focus to the starting point. It is important to understand that The Word is ONE story from beginning to end. The End is Known from The Beginning. The Story has been written! Your part?
1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:10