Summary: Avoiding the sinful spiral that Lot feel into which destroyed his family.
• The photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go! Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air.
• "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes."
• "Why?" asked the pilot.
• "Because I'm going to take pictures," cried the photographer. "I'm a photographer and photographers take pictures!"
• After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?"
Gen 19:1-2 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, "My lords, please turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way." They said, "No; we will spend the night in the town square."
• Two angels, not three visitors.
• Notice that his response to the visitors was the same as hospitable Abraham.
• But there is a difference.
• Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
• Lot was easily influenced, by Abraham when he was with him, and now with the attitudes and worldviews of Sodom.
• He looked towards the rich valleys of Sodom, walked that way, lived among them, and now was sitting with the spit and whittle club discussing politics and religion.
• The angels would have been safe in the town square because the carried God’s supernatural power.
• They were bringing God’s supernatural power.
• And if it were God’s will for them to truly stay there, they could not have been dissuaded.
Gen 19:3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
• They suggested staying at the town square to illustrate that Lot understood the sin and wickedness that abounded there.
• Many find themselves in this situation.
• “It won’t affect me. I will probably influence them for Christ before they could pull me down.”
• 1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
• We will see over the next few weeks that the single look away from God caused a downward spiral that was beyond regrettable.
• The Angels ultimately took the hospitality and invitation of Lot.
Gen 19:4-5 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them."