The Mercy and Judgment of God Pt 2 – Genesis 19:1-38

The Mercy and Judgment of God Genesis 19 (pt. 2)
Last Lord’s day we walked through the tragic story in Genesis 19 of Sodom’s destruction. What a spine-chilling catastrophe due to the wickedness of man.
Be reminded, what we witnessed not only manifested God’s righteous anger but also magnified His mercy.
Lot, whom God saved from that horrific destruction, declared to Him, “You have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life (18:19).”
Never forget, when you think about the destruction of Sodom- this shows God’s mercy. Mercy in that God through this recorded story warns all mankind how He hates and will not tolerate sexual perversion.
Friends, that’s why God has included so many shocking stories of sin in the Bible- to show us His holiness and to shake us up so we stay far from sin that calls down His wrath.
This is especially true of sexual sin.
Church, I want to commend you for submitting your heart in humility to these sober sections of Scripture.
And faithful parents, I applaud you for shepherding your children’s hearts as we preach through God’s Word. For many passages we have been covering explicitly describe the ugliness of sin.
Beloved, the best way for young minds to learn of the beautiful design God has created for marriage is in this- by hearing the unvarnished truths of God’s Word and then being able to discuss them with their parents.
Because what they sooner or later will hear from our godless culture is biblical marriage being mocked and sexual perversion being pushed.
But you see, that’s the difference in how God presents his truth. Whether it’s fornication, homosexuality, incest or any other sin, God’s Word never describes it as do the Hollywood movies. The movies glamorize sin. They portray those who are unfaithful in marriage and pervert God’s beautiful plan, they make out to be heroes living the good life.
God decried this centuries ago through his
prophet Isaiah saying, “Woe to those who call
evil good and good evil” (Isa. 5:20).
Do you realize that today in America, according to
a recent Gallup poll, more than two out of every
three Americans support same-sex marriage?
What a tragic contrast from when Gallup first did
his survey on the issue in 1996, and found that
only 27% supported homosexual marriage.
Church, let’s be absolutely clear. Unlike in our
sin-saturated society, the Bible condemns
homosexuality, adultery and all other sexual
compromise as evil acts that dishonor God and
destroy one’s life.
Let me illustrate this for you from Proverbs 7.
For I want you to see when it comes to biblical
warnings against sexual sin, we dare not be
ostriches and keep our heads buried in the sand.
Instead, we must heed God’s warning. And dads
and moms, your job is to pass on those warnings
to your children.
That’s how Solomon as a father trains his son.
He pleads with him to stay far from the cunning
ploys of the harlot.
Just watch how he warns his son in this. First, he
begs his son to listen to his words and wisdom:
“My son, keep my words and treasure my
commandments within you. 2 Keep my
commandments and live, and my teaching as
the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your
fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call
understanding your intimate friend; 5 That
they may keep you from an adulteress, from
the foreigner who flatters with her words.
Puritan Thomas Brooks rightly said that flattery is
the devil’s invisible net. He’s right. It’s a subtle and
deadly trap.
The dad in Proverbs 7 then turns a corner and
describes for his son a true-to-life situation:
Verse 6: “For at the window of my house I
looked out through my lattice, 7 and I saw
among the naive, and discerned among the
youths a young man lacking sense, 8 passing
through the street near her corner; and he
takes the way to her house, 9 in the twilight, in
the evening, in the middle of the night and in
the darkness. 10 And behold, a woman comes
to meet him, dressed as a harlot and cunning
of heart. 11 She is boisterous and rebellious,
her feet do not remain at home.”
Watch now how the father pictires this loose
woman’s bold advances: 12 “she is now in the
streets, now in the squares, and lurks by
every corner. 13 So she seizes him and kisses
him and with a brazen face she says to him: 14
“I was due to offer peace offerings; today I
have paid my vows. “ What’s she doing? She’s
putting on the guise of being spiritually-minded as
if she has just offered sacrifices to the Lord).
15 “Therefore I have come out to meet you, to
seek your presence earnestly, and I have
found you. (again, she’s flattering the
unsuspecting guy).
Now watch how she further baits him with her
sensuous suggestions of sights and sounds:
16 “I have spread my couch with coverings,
with colored linens of Egypt. 17 “I have
sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and
cinnamon. 18 “Come, let us drink our fill of
love until morning; let us delight ourselves
with caresses.”
And she adds that it’s the perfect time when no
one will know: 19 “For my husband is not at
home, he has gone on a long journey; 20 he
has taken a bag of money with him, at the full
moon he will come home.”
The spider’s web is being drawn tighter with the
enticing ploys of this seductress – the kisses,
flattery, sensuality, and promise of secrecy.
Look at the outcome: Verse 21: “With her many
persuasions she entices him; with her
flattering lips she seduces him. 22 Suddenly he
follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or
as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
23 until an arrow pierces through his liver; as a
bird hastens to the snare, so he does not
know that it will cost him his life.”
In other words, that’s the deadly path that will
wreck that young man’s life.
Watch now, how this wise dad makes application.
Verse 24: “Now therefore, my sons, listen to
me, and pay attention to the words of my
mouth. 25 Do not let your heart turn aside to
her ways, do not stray into her paths. 26 For
many are the victims she has cast down, and
numerous are all her slain. 27 Her house is the
way to Sheol, descending to the chambers of
death.”
You see, God loves us as His children so much
that He openly speaks to us about the
consequences of sin.
With that in mind, let’s return in our thinking to
Genesis 19.
I want to give you further
1. Clarification about the sin of Sodom.
This week I watched a recorded interview in
which Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback mega
church in California was asked, “Is homosexuality
a sin.”
This was the essence of his response, “O, we are
supposed to love all people, and that includes
homosexuals.” Yet he refused to say what the
Bible says about homosexuality.
It gets worse. Some argue that the sin of Sodom
was not homosexuality but injustice and
oppression. And they insist the big deal was
violation of hospitality rules of the ancient east.
John Boswell in his book, “Christianity, Social
Tolerance, and Homosexuality” asserts the
following: “Lot was violating the custom of
Sodom…by entertaining unknown guests within
the city walls at night without obtaining the
permission of the elders of the city. When the
men of Sodom gathered around to demand that
the strangers be brought out to them, “that they
might know them,” they meant no more than to
“know” who they were, and the city was
consequently destroyed not for sexual immorality,
but for the sin of inhospitality to strangers” (93).
What a hellish assault against the clear meaning
of the text we have seen in Genesis 19.
Now, there’s one particular passage that some
use to try and prove that homosexuality did not
bring about God’s judgment.
We find it in Ezekiel 16:48-50. Here God
compares wicked Israel to sinful Sodom.
“As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “Sodom,
your sister and her daughters have not done
as you and your daughters have done. 49
“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister
Sodom: she and her daughters had
arrogance, abundant food and careless ease,
but she did not help the poor and needy.”
So, it’s clear Sodom was guilty of pride against
God, slothfulness, and a cold heart to the poor.
But that’s not all. The text doesn’t end there.
Look at what else the prophet’s condemnation
includes. Verse 50 continues, “Thus they were
haughty and committed abominations before
Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.”
Now the word “abominations.” That’s the same
term God has Moses use later in Leviticus 18:22.
There we read, Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not
lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is
an abomination.”
That’s the sin of homosexuality which God says is
abominable to him.
In fact, it was such a detestable act, that God
commanded the ultimate punishment for those
who committed this sin.
Leviticus 20:13 ‘If there is a man who lies
with a male as those who lie with a woman,
both of them have committed a detestable act;
they shall surely be put to death. Their
bloodguiltiness is upon them.”
Now there’s nothing confusing about that text.
God said the penalty for those who committed
homosexuality was to be death. That’s how and
why God judged Sodom.
Some may further object and say, “but where’s
the evidence in the N.T. that shows this
perversion brought about that divine destruction?
Well, in the little book of Jude there’s an
overlooked commentary on what happened at
Sodom.
Jude 7–8 There we read of judgement, “Just as
Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around
them, since they in the same way as these
indulged in gross immorality and went after
strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in
undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.”
Now that ugly phrase-“Gross immorality and
going after strange flesh”- that includes unnatural
intimate relations specifically homosexuality. And
Jude is saying it was that sin which brought about
destruction by fire.
Now there’s one massive, Rock of Gibraltar text
that must guide our thinking regarding the
LGBTQ agenda and all sexual perversion-
Romans 1. (vv. 18-28).
It’s a biblical autopsy of humanity dead in sin.
I just want to touch on a few points. First, look at
God’s righteous wrath against sin in verse 18:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness.”
In other words, with their sin, men and women try
to muffle the evidence that screams to them of
God.
19 “because that which is known about God is
evident within them; for God made it evident
to them.” And in verse 21:
“For even though they knew God, they did not
honor Him as God or give thanks, but they
became futile in their speculations, and their
foolish heart was darkened.”
Now watch the judgment of God because of their
rejection of Him. Further in the 24th verse:
“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of
their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies
would be dishonored among them.” And down
to verse 26: “For this reason God gave them
over to degrading passions….”
Pause right there- that tells us we must reject as
a lie the statement, “All love is good, and all
expressions of passion are acceptable.”
Continuing in verse 26 Paul explains, “for their
women exchanged the natural function for
that which is unnatural” (the idea is, it’s
contrary to nature).
Now that’ God’s exhibit A of man’s depravity.
Look how it continues: “and in the same way
also the men abandoned the natural function
of the woman and burned in their desire
toward one another, men with men
committing indecent acts and receiving in
their own persons the due penalty of their
error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to
acknowledge God any longer, God gave them
over to a depraved mind, to do those things
which are not proper.”
Friends, God has not mumbled nor stuttered in
His statements regarding the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Instead, he had given us here a comprehensive
condemnation of it all.
It’s God’s loving warning to call us to love what
He loves and hate what He hates.
Now before we work this out by way of life
application, let’s pull together the loose ends of
Genesis 19, a sober last look at Lot’s life:
Verse 30: “Lot went up from Zoar, and stayed
in the mountains, and his two daughters with
him; for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he
stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters.”
Now we have seen many contrasts between
Abraham and Lot.
Abraham was selfless, Lot was selfish.
Abraham was looking for the city whose builder is
God, Lot lived in the sinful city of Sodom.
Abraham lived by faith, Lot lived by fear.
Remember, Lot asked the angel to let him escape
to the nearby city of Zoar. And the angel agreed
and promised not to destroy the town (v. 21).
Yet filled with fear, Lot takes his two daughters off
to hide in a cave. Bad idea.
Again, he’s trusting himself not in God.
And friends, when you submit to fear in any way,
you fail to trust God, and you sin.
For God tells us so clearly in Romans 14:23,
“Whatever is not from faith is sin.”
So look what happens as Lot trusts in his own
wisdom by running off to a cave rather than
finding refuge in God.
Verse 31: “Then the firstborn said to the
younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a
man on earth to come in to us after the
manner of the earth.”
What do these sisters think their problem is?
All their friends from Sodom are now dead. They
have all gone up in smoke. No more social life, no
connections…
And they figure they will never be able to get
married or have children. They fear the thought
of being old maids till the grave.
Yet, friends, that’s not their real problem. Their
real problem is a lack of trust in God!
They refuse to give God their desires, their
frustrations and their fears. And instead they take
matters into their own hands. Look at their
wicked plan:
32 “Come, let us make our father drink wine,
and let us lie with him that we may preserve
our family through our father.”
Their scheme is so repulsive. They get their dad
Lot so drunk and then have relations with him.
O God hates this type of perversion so much that
he later has Moses warn the children of Israel
against this.
Deuteronomy 27:20 ‘Cursed is he who lies
with his father’s wife, because he has
uncovered his father’s skirt.’ And all the
people shall say, ‘Amen.’
Don’t miss this friends, the greatest thing in the
world is to be blessed by God. And the worst
thing in the world is to be cursed by God.
For the “curse” here (Arar) tells us that God
brings great harm and trouble upon the person
who chooses sexual sin.
This awful sin of incest caused Paul to confront
the Corinthian church: I Corinthians 5:1 “It is
actually reported that there is immorality
among you, and immorality of such a kind as
does not exist even among the Gentiles, that
someone has his father’s wife.”
Now back to that cave. Did you notice the goal of
those two sisters? “to preserve their family.”
They want to have children so their family line
doesn’t die out.
They no doubt rationalized that their plan wasn’t
all that bad since it would preserve their posterity.
You see, they have compromised thinking that
would let them do this. And compromised
thinking always leads to compromised living.
“Just this once, we will make an exception. And
then things will be a lot better.”
Friends, don’t cave in to the compromise game.
Don’t fall for the trap if you make just one
exception, just look once at the perversion, just
put the substance in your body once that it’s no
big deal, or teens, if you must make out once with
your boyfriend or girlfriend, it’s no big deal.
And besides, afterward you can just ask God for
forgiveness, right?
Listen, that’s the awful sin of presumption.
And that’s why David in Psalm 139:13 prays,
“Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous
sins; Let them not rule over me; then I will be
blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great
transgression.”
Well, what about Lot? Why would he ever
commit such a gross sin? How did he fall into
this shameful trap?
Here’s how: by failing to show self-control.
He got drunk, so drunk that he lost control of his
senses. And he did what he never thought he
would do with his daughters.
Look at what God’s Word tells us in verses 33–
35: “So they made their father drink wine that
night, and the firstborn went in and lay with
her father; and he did not know when she lay
down or when she arose. 34 On the following
day, the firstborn said to the younger,
“Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us
make him drink wine tonight also; then you go
in and lie with him, that we may preserve our
family through our father.” 35 So they made
their father drink wine that night also, and the
younger arose and lay with him; and he did
not know when she lay down or when she
arose.”
How can that be? Here’s how. It’s called
alcoholic blackout. It’s not that a person passes
out from consuming too much alcohol.
In an alcoholic blackout, a person can walk, talk
and interact with people. But they don’t form
memories of what they are doing and
experiencing. They can’t. Here’s why:
the hippocampus is a small horseshoe-shaped
part in the base of the brain. One of its functions
is to convert our experiences into long-term
memories.
But alcohol inhibits the chemical reactions in the
hippocampus so that the brain can’t transmit
messages and store them in the memory.
So Lot’s sin of no self-control made him oblivious
to his sexual sin. Nonetheless, he is fully
culpable for his sin.
Well, sin always comes with consequences.
Genesis 19:36 “Thus both the daughters of
Lot were with child by their father.”
Through their secret scheme, both of Lot’s two
daughters became pregnant. And two children
were born. No, not illegitimate children. There’s
no such thing. It’s the parents who are
illegitimate!
Well, we are given the names of the children and
told what would become of them: verse 37–38.
“The firstborn bore a son, and called his name
Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this
day. 38 As for the younger, she also bore a
son, and called his name Ben-ammi; he is the
father of the sons of Ammon to this day.”
The descendants of these two boys would
become the perennial enemies of Israel, and their
names: Moabites and Ammonites.
They were a constant reminder to Israel of sin.
Yet here’s the incredible feat God accomplished
through this awful situation.
In Matthew 1:1, the genealogy of our Lord Jesus
Christ, we are told that our Savior was a
descendant of King David. And then in verses 5-
6 there’s a shocker. We find out that David’s
great grandmother was a woman named Ruthand
according to Ruth 1:4, she was a Moabite
woman! She was a descendant from the
daughters of Lot (Ruth 4:21-22).
Wow. Only God can take something so awful
and bring about something so beautiful. For
through the line of Moab came the Savior of the
world!
So we have witnessed the destruction of Sodom,
deliverance then disgrace of Lot,
Now, it’s fitting that we consider what should be
our response to God’s Word.
The “how shall we then live” in light of Genesis 19?
1. Be certain God’s judgment will fall on this
world when least expected.
Luke 17:28–30 “It was the same as happened
in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were
drinking, they were buying, they were selling,
they were planting, they were building; 29 but
on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it
rained fire and brimstone from heaven and
destroyed them all. 30 “It will be just the same
on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.”
2. Guard your heart against making light of
and laughing at sin that God hates. Two men
or two women holding hands or kissing should
not cause use to laugh but break our hearts.
Proverbs 14:9 warns, “Fools mock at sin.”
3. Never flirt with sin.
Don’t make exceptions with sin. No concessions,
no compromise.
Lot chose to settle in Sodom and with time he
sunk into its sinful mindset.
Christian take to heart God’s calls to you in
Romans 13:14: “But put on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in
regard to its lusts.”
In the dark days of the WWII in England, Winston
Churchill in his famous speech to a boy’s school
plead with these young men: “Never give in.
Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in
nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give
in, except to convictions of honor and good
sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the
apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Christian, in the power of the cross, never give in
to sin.
4. Actively rely on the Lord and His strength
to rescue you from temptation.
2 Peter 2:6–9 “and if He condemned the cities
of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by
reducing them to ashes, having made them an
example to those who would live ungodly
lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous
Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of
unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and
heard that righteous man, while living among
them, felt his righteous soul tormented day
after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the
Lord knows how to rescue the godly from
temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under
punishment for the day of judgment.”
5. Sound the alarm and call sinners to
repentance (including those of the LGBTQ
persuasion).
Christian, with the compassion of Christ plead
with those who are still slaves to sin to flee from
the wrath to come.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 asks, “Or do you not
know that the unrighteous will not inherit the
kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves,
nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 Such were some of you; but you were
washed, but you were sanctified, but you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and in the Spirit of our God.”
So, share with those still in the despair in
darkness of hope in Christ. That comes can be
found as one repents from sin and runs to Christ
for forgiveness of sins and a transformed life.
6. And finally, child of God, overflow with
exuberant praise that He showed undeserved
mercy on your soul.
That’s what Paul celebrates in Timothy 1:15–16
“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full
acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the
world to save sinners, among whom I am
foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found
mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus
Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience
as an example for those who would believe in
Him for eternal life.”
So too, Christians, we must view ourselves as
undeserved recipients of God’s mercy, as the
worst of the worst. And it’s through that mercy
shown to us that God showcases His great
patience. Patience He continues to extend
toward many more He desires to save!
Let’s thank God together in prayer.
The Mercy and Judgment of God
Genesis 19 (pt. 2)
Hope In Christ Bible Church 3/24/19
Intro. Isa. 5:20
Proverbs 7
1. Clarifications of Sodom Gen. 19:1-29
Ezek.16:48-50; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Jude 7-8; Rom. 1:18-28
2. A last look at Lot’s life Gen. 19:30-38
Rom. 14:23; Deut. 27:20; I Cor. 5:1
3. How shall we then live?
1. Be certain –
Luke 17:28–30
2. Guard your heart against-
Prov. 14:9
3. Never-
Rom. 13:14
4. Actively rely-
2 Peter 2:6–9
5. Sound the alarm-
I Cor. 6:9–11
6. Overflow with exuberant-
I Tim. 1:15–16