January 14, Reading 1 – Genesis 19

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SAA Notes

Lot’s life spirals downward, no matter how many chances he is given. Lot cannot trust the Word of the Lord, as Abraham does. Lot is governed by his fears, not by his faith. He is an example of the stupidity of being governed by our fears. As Jesus said, the way of the Faith is pressed upon and confining (small and narrow), but it leads to LIFE! Matthew 7:13,14

SJA Notes

“… The men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.”

All the people to the last man.

This passage is a terrible testament to man’s rejection of God.

But it’s not just the men of Sodom.

Lot utters words any father would shudder to think on,

“Behold, I have two daughters …”

And then those same daughters preserve their offspring in lying with their own father.

We need Jesus! Left to ourselves, when we tell God and His wisdom to get lost (Lot chose Sodom out of the selfish gain, even knowing that they were an evil set of people), we have no hope.

Yet out of these decisions that can seem so at odds, out of these God brings good.

Descended from the firstborn daughter of Lot comes a young woman named Ruth, daughter-in-law to Naomi. She values a personal relationship with God (as she has seen through Naomi) above all else.

And from Ruth we have David, her great-grandson. It is not hard to imagine that Ruth could have taught little David much wisdom.

And from David we have the far greater Son, our Lord and King Jesus!

Praise God for His mercies to us, that He continues to work good even in the midst and through our bad.

Father God In Heaven,

Thank You for Your mercy to us.

Thank You that out of the foolish and horrible decisions in this passage comes a thread of hope that we see coming to fruition in Ruth.

Thank You that we see You at work in our own calling, the strong and steady hand of Your promises real and true.

Thank You Lord for Your Son Jesus!

Amen.


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