Summary: “IT WAS THE SAME IN THE DAYS OF LOT” said Jesus in Luke chapter 17:28 teaching invaluable lessons about the latter days, popularly known as the End-times. Jesus masterfully points to the parallel conditions between the two eras, LOT’S DAY and OUR DAY.
When we dissect the BELOW text we can identify two noticeable eras paralleled in the text along with three people categories belonging to each era, namely the 1. SODOMITES, 2. LOT’S FAMILY and 3. LOT’S WIFE. It’s worth looking at the conduct and the choices made by people of each category, as they stand monumental warnings for all generations. How are these periods which are apart from centuries connected with each other? Let us explore together.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were EATING and DRINKING, BUYING and SELLING, PLANTING and BUILDING. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! Luke 17:28-32
A. ANCIENT SODOMITES vs. MODERNDAY SODOMITES
1. SODOM, A PROSPEROUS CITY
“Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord.” Genesis 13:10-12
Lot saw it right. Indeed Sodom was a dazzling city with class, luxury, splendor, abundance and financial prospects. But sadly prosperity was just one side of the coin.
PROSPEROUS CITIES OF OUR DAY
When we lift up our eyes, what do we see? We see the world in all it’s splendor, thriving towards prosperity, success, development and technology. Man’s towers reaches the heaven with breathtaking infra structure, beautiful landscapes, mesmerizing shopping malls, mouth-watering treats and delicacies. Yes man is EATING , DRINKING, BUYING, SELLING, PLANTING and BUILDING just like Jesus said. So what’s wrong with it?
2. SODOM, A SIN CITY
“Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.” Genesis 13:13
Despite its wealth, Sodom was a morally corrupt, lawless, sin city. Sodomites’ treatment of Lot’s visitors (Genesis 19:4-9) clearly show that the society was shameless, degenerate, violent and entirely sex-perverted.
SIN CITIES OF OUR DAY – SIN ON SALE
Disguised in the covering of prosperity, the cities of OUR DAY are packed with all kinds of perverted immoral pleasures, just like Sodom. Scripture clearly says God made man, male and female but Man keeps redefining and experimenting with his gender to a spectrum of rainbow varieties. Whatever it is or whoever it is the SELLERS and SERVICE PROVIDERS in the sin cities of our day ensure customer satisfaction. The desire for pleasure and entertainment over rides the principles and values resulting in a sky rocketing divorce rate, drug addiction, prostitution and so on. Sodomites didn’t practice immorality in the closet but out in the open, just like Hollywood, TV, movies and media are fanning the flames of immorality in OUR DAY inviting and luring people into a dangerous trap.
3. SODOM, AN ARROGANT CITY
“Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me.” Ezekiel 16:49-50
ARROGANT CITIES OF OUR DAY
Just like the days of Nimrod people are making a name for themselves, building for themselves, TOWERS, the higher the towers go the prouder and Godless people have become. People are increasingly mocking God and rejecting God and the rising atheism in the world is a clear evidence. The more people move away from God people are increasingly becoming wicked with an exceeding crime rate, violence and bloodshed with no respect or mercy for the needy.
POINT TO PONDER
Are we aware of the spiritual landscape of our surroundings?
Can we discern the current of moral corruption underneath the prosperity and success?
As the sin of OUR DAY is ripening, let us be vigilant and stand against all sorts of evil that comes to us in luxury’s and pleasure’s clothing.
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
B. ANCIENT LOT’S FAMILY vs. MODERNDAY LOT’S FAMILIES
WHERE HAVE YOU PITCHED YOUR TENT? DOES IT EVEN MATTER?
1. LOT’S FAMILY PITCH THE TENT
There is a lot we can learn by looking at how Lot, a reputed spiritual man chooses the place to pitch his tent. He immediately lifts up his eyes, analyzes the prospects of the land (Genesis 13) and makes his choice. The immoral status of the city and its possible disastrous influence over his family was not taken into consideration. Unlike Abraham there’s no mention of Lot “Building an alter” after pitching the tent.