Summary: Part 1 of 6 of the series, Who’s That? Stories of little known people of the Bible. Lot, the nephew of Abraham had a lot(!) of things going right for him in his life. But he ended up losing a lot(!) because of the compromises he made...
LOT: THE MAN WHO COMPROMISED
Read at beginning of service:
2 Peter 2:1-10 (NIV)
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)-- 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;
For the next few weeks we’re going to be looking through the pages of the Bible and uncovering the lives of some little known people in the Bible. Their stories are the stories that aren’t very often told. Often when their name is mentioned it is greeted with a, "Who’s That?" They may not be included in the list of well known Bible characters such as Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Solomon, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, or Peter but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from their lives and their contact with God. In fact, in looking at their lives we often find some parallels between their strengths and weaknesses, their challenges and accomplishments, their fears and failures – and our own. It is good for us to examine these lives – for it will serve us well when in taking a glimpse at their lives we also can glance at our own.So without further ado, I’d like to introduce to you the man we will be looking at this morning. His name is Lot – and I guess he could be known as the man who compromised… We are first introduced to Lot in the latter part of Genesis 11 where we learn he is the grandson of a man named Terah. Terah, it turns out is the father of a man who probably is familiar to a lot of us – Abram (who would later be known as Abraham, the father of Israel). Terah had three sons: Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Lot is born to Haran and in the same passage we learn that Haran died fairly young.