As Christians, it’s not enough just not to do evil things; we must detest or hate evil. At the same time, we must not only do good things, but we must cleave to good. It’s a deliberate choice to love what is good and persevere in it regardless of expediency; one very good example of this is in Genesis chapter 6 it says, “The Earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the Earth was filled with wickedness. God saw how corrupt the Earth was, for every creature had corrupted its way on the Earth.” “When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the Earth and that every inclination of the human mind was nothing but evil all the time, the Lord regretted that he had made man on the Earth, and He was deeply grieved. Then the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I created, off the face of the Earth, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky – for I regret that I made them.” Noah, however, found favor with the Lord.”
It also says that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his generation of peers, and that he walked with God, and 2 Peter 2 calls Noah a preacher of righteousness. God told Noah, “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the Earth is filled with wickedness because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the Earth.” He then tells Noah to make an ark, or more specifically the word used there in the original is the word for box, because God is going to bring a flood and make it rain for forty days and forty nights.
The flood comes and Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives, two of every unclean animal, and seven pair of every clean animal are all saved from destruction because of Noah and his life of righteousness. Similarly let’s talk briefly about Lot, his family, and Sodom and Gomorrah.
God tells Abraham that He is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because as He put it, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is immense, and their sin is extremely serious. I will go down to see if what they have done justifies the cry that has come up to me. If not, I will find out.” Abraham bargains with God, “What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away instead of sparing the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people who are in it?” God answers, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Abraham continues asking if God will spare them for 45, God will not destroy them for 45. How about 40, God will not destroy them for 40. 30? God will not destroy them for 30. 20? God will not destroy them for 20. 10? God will not destroy them if He can find 10 righteous people in all of Sodom and Gomorrah. We don’t get to follow God’s journey into Sodom and Gomorrah, but we do follow two angels who ventured into Sodom.
When they reach the gate to Sodom they find Lot sitting in the city gate presumably waiting for strangers to come to town that he can help, as is the custom of his people. Lot invites the two angels, who he would have seen as nothing more than normal men, to come back to his home to stay the night. They refuse and insist that they will be fine spending the night in the city square. Lot urges them so strongly to come back to his home that they follow him back home for the night.
They run into some trouble when all the men of Sodom both young and old surround Lots’ house and demand that the two men who come to the house are sent out so that they could “know” them. Lot refuses their demands, the angels blind the crowd, and tell Lot that if he has any family here to tell them to leave because God sent them to destroy the city. Lot wakes his daughters’ fiancés and tells them to flee because God is going to destroy the city, but they think he’s joking around, they don`t take him seriously at all.
Daybreak comes the next morning and the angels wake up Lot and tell him to take his wife and two daughters out of the city so that they will be saved. Lot hesitates and the angels grab the four of them and bring them out of the city and tell them to run for their lives into the mountains and don`t look back. The mountains are far away though and Lot doesn’t think they can make it that far so the angels allow them to go to a little encampment named Zoar that they will spare from destruction on behalf of Lot and his family.
Lot’s wife, however, did look back and she was turned into a pillar of salt. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Lot’s wife or exactly why she looked back except for that Jesus in Luke 17 verses 32 and 33 says, "Remember Lot`s wife! Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it." You see in this case it wasn't that Lot's wife so much loved evil as it seems that the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah did, but she didn't hate evil either. She looked back at her old life among those who did love evil and paid a very real immediate price for it.
You see to hate evil is to fear the Lord, or in other words to respect Him and obey His words. Noah, Lot, Noah`s family, and Lot`s family we're all given a choice to reject evil and cleave to good, but`s Lot`s wife couldn't live up to that expectation. Here at the end of today`s podcast I`d like to read you the words of 1 Peter 3:10-12, "For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and let him turn away from evil and do what is good. Let him seek peace and pursue it, because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil."
Until next time…
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