Sodom and Gomorrah – Genesis 19
In an earlier story, The Angels Visit Abraham, we learned how Abraham thought that the angels were men, and invited them to stay with him, eat, and rest. In the story Abram (Abraham) and Lot we learned how Abram and Lot separated and how Lot pitched his tent towards the city called Sodom.
After the angels visited Abraham, the LORD spoke to Abraham, and the angels went towards Sodom. And the LORD told Abraham that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was very great. But Abraham went near the LORD and said “Will you destroy the righteous with the wicked? If there are 50 righteous, won’t you spare the city? Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” And the LORD said “If I find 50 righteous men, I will spare it for their sake.” And Abraham asked the Lord again for 45 sake, and for 40 sake, and for 30 sake, and 20 sake, and finally 10 sake, and the LORD said “I will not destroy it for 10’s sake.” And the LORD went his way, and Abraham returned to his place.
And the two angels came to Sodom at evening time, and Lot was sitting in the gate of the city. When he saw them they appeared to him as men, and Lot asked them to come to his house and to spend the night there and in the morning they could go on their way. But the angels who appeared as men said “No, but we will stay in the street all night.” And Lot pleaded with them and so finally they went with Lot and entered his house, and Lot made them a feast.
But before they lay down for the night the men of the city, old men and young men, surrounded the house and demanded that Lot send out the two men to them, and Lot asked them to leave the men (angels) alone because they were in his house. So the men became very angry with Lot, and they went after him and tried to break the door of the house down. But the men who were angels pulled Lot into the house and shut the door, and they caused the men outside to become blind so that they could not find the door.
And the angels asked Lot if he had any family, that he should take them out of the city because they were going to destroy the city for its wickedness before the LORD. So Lot went out to speak to his sons-in-law who had married his daughters, but they did not believe him and made fun of him.
And in the morning the angels spoke to Lot, and told him to take his wife and his two daughters and hurry out of the city, and they took hold of Lot’s hand, and his wife and daughters hands, and they brought them outside the city. And they told him “Escape for your life, do not look behind you, and do not stay in the plain. Escape to the mountain, or you will be consumed.” But Lot did not want to go to the mountain because he thought that some evil would overtake him, he wanted to stay in a little city called Zoar. And so Lot and his family went to Zoar.
Then the LORD brought down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, from out of heaven, and the cities, and the plain, and everyone in the cities were destroyed. But Lot’s wife was behind him and she looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
And early in the morning Abraham got up and saw the smoke and it looked like the smoke from a furnace. But God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot and his daughters out of the city.
Memory Verse: Genesis 19:25 “….Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”
1. Why was God going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Answer: Because they were cities full of sin.
2. Why do you think Lot wanted the angels to stay with him? Answer: He wanted to take care of them and protect them from the wicked men in the city.
3. What did the angels do when the men tried to break in the door? Answer: They made the men blind.
4. What did Lot’s sons-in-law do when he asked them to leave? Answer: They did not believe him and they made fun of him.
5. Why did Lot’s wife turn to salt? Answer: Because she turned back to look at Sodom after the angels told them they were not to turn and look back.