Bible Reading Today Genesis 17 – 19 –
In chapter seventeen the name of El Shaddai is used for the first time in Scripture. It is God’s revelation of Himself to Abram as the “Almighty God”. It is not Allah, it is Jehovah [YaHWeH]. God promises to multiply Abram’s seed, and his name is changed to Abraham, and Sarai’s name changed to Sarah.
A change in name is given for the purpose of showing the growth of Abraham, and Sarah, and their faith in God. God again and again reaffirms the covenant and strengthens the covenant with Abraham. When you stop to think about it that is what Scripture does for Christians today. When we read, study and hear applying it to life we are affirmed by His Spirit everyday in many many ways.
In chapter eighteen we have the LORD appearing before Abraham in the desert in a Christophany (a preincarnate manifestation of Christ). “Three men were standing by him…” When he saw them it seems he immediately recognized one as the LORD Himself, and ran and fell down and worshipped Him. You will notice that there is no correction of this worship.
The LORD has just recently revealed Himself to Abraham as Almighty God, and now Abraham hears Him ask the question, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” That is a question that only faith can answer; faith in God, faith from God. The faith only God gives. God lets Abraham and Sarah both know that they will have the promised son. Something to remember is that they both laughed (v. 12; 17:17); they later named their son Isaac, which means “Laughter”
Abraham had power with the LORD in prayer. The LORD reveals to Abraham what judgment he is about to bring on the cities of the valley, where Lot and his family is. A total destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and surrounding cities with no survivors, except for those whom God chooses to spare. Abraham prays, intercedes for Lot and the cities, and ask God finally to spare them should he find only 10 righteous people in the city. It is sad that there were not that many.
Chapter nineteen deals with the men in the city of Sodom, Sodom’s depravity, Lot and his families reluctance to leave; Lot’s even pleading to go to a city which is to be destroyed (vv. 20-22). The convenience of city life has affected the lives of many people, and often in disastrous ways. There is more to life than convenience, wealth, and societal gatherings. There is the will and glory of God. It seems that Lot and family had neglected to be the influence to the culture in which they lived. Rather than becoming, or being the salt that affected society; they became affected salt good for nothing but to be trampled on.
In Lot and family’s departure from Sodom, and arrival in Zoar the wife and mother, whose name we do not know, became in death what she never was in life – salt. Even Jesus reminds us, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).
Someone has said, “If God does nothing to judge ……. then He will owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology”. I don’t really believe that, because He is just in all His dealings with mankind; and we need to always remember His grace is sufficient. “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20). Thank God for His amazing grace.
In Lot we see the peril of a believer who allows things, popularity, and/or power to take the place of God and His glory. Only the two daughters and Lot survived. They were delivered from Sodom and Gomorrah, but were not delivered of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The amazing grace and mercy of God is seen then of Lot in the New Testament when it is written “…And delivered just Lot…” (2 Peter 2:7)
THE READING FOR TOMORROW Genesis 20 – 22
The power of God, His Word and His glory is through the reading, study, keeping obediently of it.
Have a great and godly day.