READING: Genesis 19
VERSE: Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.” —Genesis 19:6 – 7
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE READINGS: Romans 3:21 – 24; 1 John 1:9
Genesis 19 paints an ugly picture of people who made wrong choices. Men demanding intercourse. A wife disobeying God and losing her life as a result. A father offering his two daughters to satisfy the sexual demands of strangers. Two daughters drugging their father with wine and then sleeping with him to become pregnant with his children.
Extreme? Maybe. So extreme there’s no message for us here? Unlikely. Even the most stunning examples of sin in Scripture still connect to us messy mortals today. The reality is that even simple misdeeds have ongoing consequences in our lives.
How many wrong choices have we made? When have we looked for an easy way to satisfy our needs? How have we stepped away from what is right? Whether our choice involves an extramarital affair, child abuse, impatience, rage or selfishness, there are consequences for disobedience.
Genesis 19 may be a difficult chapter to read, but it illustrates that God’s judgment would be a harder sentence to endure. How grateful we can be that in Jesus’ death on the cross, we can find forgiveness for any act of disobedience we have committed — whether shocking or common.
Thank you, God, for your grace.