I’m sitting here in the quiet, thinking about the things YHVH has been showing me the past few days, feeling a kind of somberness and weight. He is showing us things to prepare us, to protect us, to warn us, and to keep us clean and holy.
Just as Sodom was judged for her extreme wickedness, we all know that judgment is coming on this world, too. And just as the Father is gracious to wait on His judgment until all of His people are out of the city, He waits for His loved ones now, too.
“But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that YHVH, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe… as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire…
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Master Yeshua the Messiah unto eternal life.
“And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:5, 7, 20-23).
The people of Sodom were so angry with Lot because, they said, “he keeps acting as a judge” (Genesis 19:9). I think we can expect those in our world to be angry with us for that same reason.
However, if we are honest, shouldn’t Lot have been a little bit more discerning than he was? How did he ever allow himself to get himself, his dear wife, and his precious sons and daughters into such a bad situation?
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).
“YHVH being merciful to him” (Genesis 19:16), he was taken kicking and crying out of the doomed city, selfishly aware only of the “hardships” of being rescued. May we not act like Lot! May we love the things YHVH loves and hate the things He hates!
“Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)
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To Study Further:
- I was greatly blessed by the notes Christine Miller took from a Brad Scott seminar on Matthew 23, which she attended in 2015. You can read through the seven parts of this series by starting here.