Bible Verses out of Context - Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
The welcoming communities of Sodom and Gomorrah try to "acquaint" themselves with the Angels of God and Lot offers an interesting compromise.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The Bible is one of the greatest books to read simply because there are so many possible interpretations to what is being said.
The danger comes when a person misinterprets what is trying to be said, and instead takes it as face value.
This is one of those times.
The correct context:
In Genesis 19, God wants to destroy the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah for their hedonist behavior but is willing to spare Lot and his family from the destruction. The issue comes when Lot tries to save the lives of the townspeople which God is dead set on killing. Lot thought that he was in a bargaining position with God and failed to realize that salvation is not given on merit, but rather by God’s grace. Lot didn’t realize that he was allowed to leave simply because God willed it.
Too much of Lot's heart was in Sodom, so he was not anxious to leave the city. This lack of urgency to do the things of God is a common sign of compromise.
Because of this, Lot was in the worst of all possible places. He had too much of the world to be happy in the LORD, and too much of the LORD to be happy in the world.
Out of context:
To be honest, I don’t think that Lot could have done anything to save the townsfolk as they were preeeetty dodgy to begin with.
For context, the Lord had sent a couple of angels to Lots house to warn him of Gods coming wrath. Lot, being the good host that he is, invited them to stay over for the night.
Somehow, the men in the town found out and….eh…..well, you just have to read it for yourself:
Genesis 19 (New International Version)
4.Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old-surrounded the house.
5.They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
Unfortunately, it gets creepier when Lot decides to negotiate with the townsfolk and…well, let’s just say that things got weirder:
6.Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7.and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing.
8.Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."
Look, Lot might not be in contention for any Father of the Year awards but you have to respect his willingness to compromise.
Say what you will, but the guy was one FANTASTIC host.