Life Lessons from the Bible: Bible Study Genesis 19 Devotional

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Get ready to look over Lot’s story to find many life lessons from the Bible!

Genesis 13 Summary: What happened to Lot?

We first find Lot’s name in Genesis 11 where it gives us the genealogy of Abraham and Lot. Abraham was Lot’s uncle and they traveled together out of Ur of the Chaldeans (or Babylonia) to go to the land of Canaan.

[Side note: This is something I love about the Bible – how it is so intertwined! Listen closely: It is so interesting to me how the last book of the Bible – Revelation – chapter 18 to be more exact, has God telling us that Babylon, a religious kingdom who defies God’s kingdom, has fallen (meaning it has turned away from biblical truth). And also, God is calling people to come out of Babylon, just like He told Abraham and his family in the first book of the Bible. So, as you are doing your bible study, keep a close eye to find more interesting nuggets.

If you are interested in doing a bible study on Revelation 17-18, go here. End of side note😊]

And here is where we find our first life lesson from the Bible: Prepare for Jesus’ return, do not worship the beast! Get out of spiritual Babylon!

Genesis 13:10-11

Next, we go to Genesis 13 where we find out that Abram and Lot’s herdsmen were not getting along. We read in Genesis 13:6 the reason why: “the land was not able to support them … for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.” And we also are told in verse 7 that “the Canaanites and the Perizzites” were also dwelling in that land.

Imagine how challenging this must have been for everyone there and it was not a good witness to their unbelieving neighbors (the Cannanites and Perizzites) to have their herdsmen in conflict.

Life lesson from the Bible: Be a good witness for Christ to your neighbors (that includes the people you study with, work, live next door to, the people who you buy food from, etc.). We can’t be going to church and then cursing, drinking, angered, or partying with the world. Remember what I shared above about getting out of spiritual Babylon.

Now, back to Genesis 13: Abram was wise to tell Lot to separate from him to avoid further issues since they were, as Abram put it, “brethren” (see Genesis 13:8-9).

Notice what Lot does next: the Bible says in Genesis 13:10-11 that “Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other” (NKJV).

Did you pick up a few life lessons (from the Bible) here?

For starters, Lot wasn’t the Patriarch so he should have allowed Abram to pick first. As Christians, we should know our place, and be fair and humble in all our dealings.

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8, NKJV

The next lesson here is that when we look out for ourselves first, it can backfire on us.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4, NKJV

We can read in Genesis 14 how it backfired on Lot: Because of where he chose to live, he got involved in Scriptures first earthly war and was taken along with all of his goods (Genesis 14:12). Good thing that Abram went to rescue him and didn’t hold any grudges against him.

The third lesson here is that because Abram was in the will of God, conflict didn’t come to him like it did to Lot. Had Lot chosen what God would have wanted for him, he most likely would not have been involved in that war.

Next time we have conflict around us, we should ask ourselves if we are in the will of God.

Lessons from Genesis 13 continued

And for the fourth lesson from Genesis 13 I’m going to give you a quote from Ellen White which says: “Many who should be setting their tents nearer to the land of Canaan are pitching their camp nearer to Egypt.”

In other words, we should be striving to live closer to God than following the ways of this world. Lot beheld the beauty and life of Sodom and settled. Yet, the Bible tells us what we should be beholding:

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV, emphasis added

Did you catch that? By beholding, we shall be changed into His likeness. The more we focus on Christ, the more transformed we will be!

And the final lesson in Genesis 13 is quite a bit of a few things: It’s that God will keep His promises to you so don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on what God has promised YOU because “He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NKJV).

You see, after Lot separated from Abram, God spoke to Abram and gave him a promise and God kept that promise to him:

And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”

Genesis 13:14-17, NKJV

From the surface, it may have seemed that Lot was better off once they separated, but God reminded him that He would still take care of Abram.

Genesis 19 Summary & Lessons from Genesis 19

Now, we move to Genesis 19, which starts with 2 angels arriving in Sodom in the evening. Lot happened to be sitting in the gate of Sodom and invites them into his house. Let’s read their dialogue:

Now 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 he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. 2 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.”

And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”

3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

Genesis 19: 1-3, NKJV, emphasis added

Notice how in verse 3 it says that Lot “insisted strongly” for them to go to his house. He knew how Sodom was and did not want to leave them in the midst of the evening lawlessness in the open square.

[Side note: Yes, these were angels so they already knew how Sodom was and later in this chapter, we read that these are the same angels that tell Lot to leave because Sodom would be destroyed by them. And if you go back one chapter so to Genesis 18:22, we read that Abraham was trying to intercede with God for Sodom and that there were men who went toward Sodom to follow through with God’s plan. These “men” were angels with a specific purpose – Psalm 78:49 tells us what type of angels they were:

He cast on them the fierceness of His anger,
Wrath, indignation, and trouble,
By sending angels of destruction among them.

Psalm 78:49, NKJV, emphasis added

End of side note 😊]

Lessons from Genesis 19 continued | Life lessons from the Bible

This leads to one of the first lessons from Genesis 19 which is the hospitality that Lot showed. When these angels arrived to carry out God’s plan on Sodom, Lot was the only “righteous” person that was found. He took them in and protected them. Lot unselfishly offered his virgin daughters to the vile men outside his doors. He exemplified the second greatest commandment which is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 26:39, NKJV) because who would offer their own child to be abused by despicable men??

The hospitality that Lot showed towards these men (who were really angels) reminds me of Hebrews 13:2 which says “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (NKJV).

Next, we learn that the evil men of Sodom were wanting to break Lot’s door (v9), but now the angels were protecting Lot (v10-11) which brings Proverbs 11:25 to mind: “he who waters will also be watered himself” (NKJV) – our second lesson from Genesis 19.

And as we read further, the angels share with Lot what will happen to Sodom (v12-13). With that, Lot goes to speak to his sons-in-law, who chose not to listen and stayed back (they thought he was joking!). This brings us to our third lesson which is to be careful not to throw away our salvation because we are so consumed by the cares and pleasures of this world. They must have really loved Sodom and were blind to the sinfulness of Sodom to have thought that Lot was joking!

Genesis 19 Summary & Lessons from Genesis 19 continued

Well, the next day came and we read in verse 16 that “while he lingered, the men [angels] took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.” Did you catch that? Lot was lingering and the men had to grab him and his family to take them out of Sodom.

Not only that, but they told him to “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed” (Genesis 19:17, NKJV). However, Lot started to negotiate with their instructions. He said to the angels: “but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live” (Genesis 19:19-20, NKJV).

There are a handful of life lessons from the Bible in just that interaction between Lot and the angels:

  • Do not delay when God tells you to “Go” – God showed him mercy, but him lingering shows that he was taking it for granted or wavering between leaving and staying!
  • When we don’t immediately obey, we may be taking God’s mercies for granted.
  • Do not negotiate with God’s instructions. He knows best and His ways are perfect! See Psalm 18:30-33.
  • We should trust God’s directions and the plan He has for our lives. See Isaiah 58:11.
  • We cannot be His disciple if we don’t forsake all that we have, including family who do not wish to follow God’s path. See Luke 14:26, 33.

What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah?

Now we come to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Once Lot and his family were out of there, the Bible says that “the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground” (Genesis 19:24-25, NKJV).

One important takeaway (or life lesson from the Bible) from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is that there is a limit to God’s mercy. There comes a point in which He will no longer allow satan, sin and sinners to have a hold on this world and He will completely eradicate it once and for all.

So, what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah will happen in the end times:

Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Luke 17:28-30, NKJV, emphasis added

What happened to Lot’s wife? Why did Lot’s wife look back? | Life lessons from the Bible

After the city’s destruction, Lot’s wife looked back and became a statue of salt (Genesis 19:26).

The Bible doesn’t say why she looked back, but we can only surmise a few reasons as to why she looked back:

  • Physically, she was walking away from Sodom, but her heart was still there. She was leaving children behind, and possibly grandchildren since her daughters and their husbands chose to stay.
  • Maybe she looked back to see the destruction happening. However, Psalm 101:3 says “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;” – it’s so important to be mindful of what we see.
  • She might have been sad to lose her comfort and valuables. If this was the case, we may wonder how she took God’s saving grace: did she value it or did she take it for granted?

What does the story of Lot’s wife teach us? What is the meaning of Lot’s wife?

There are numerous lessons in the story of Lot’s wife. I mentioned a few above (earlier).

One important lesson is that we should not reject God’s saving grace though our circumstances seem dark and though our loved ones reject Him. In the case of Lot and his family, God sent His angels to warn and save them: the angels even led them by the hand when they began to delay to rescue them from the destruction that was about to happen.

As is the case with all of us today: God extends His grace and mercy to all. His Son did a great sacrifice for us to have salvation. His Word says what will happen before He comes and how He will come. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, but have eternal life (John 3:15-17, NKJV). Should we reject Him? Friends, I hope your answer is no!

Jesus said in Luke 17:32-33 (NKJV), “Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”

Focusing on the Past: What does the Bible say about looking back?

Another reminder from the story of Lot’s wife is the importance of not focusing on the past. When we turn to Christ, the Bible says that we are a new creation and that the old has passed. Focusing on the past gives satan power over our lives because it is a reminder of our sinful ways: the things that kept us chained and troubled; those things that didn’t please God.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV

Genesis 19:30-38 explanation | Life lessons from the Bible

Story of Lot and his daughters

As we end this study on Lot’s life and Genesis 19, we see how the sins of Sodom were ingrained in his daughters.

They both got Lot drunk and had intercourse with him, resulting in their pregnancies (v31-35).

The lessons here are simple but powerful:

  • In finding the right home for our family, we should be wise to pick the place that God has led us to. It should be free of temptation as best as possible. It should bring us closer to God, to His church, and to love others.
  • When putting the things that matter on the balances of life, we should prioritize a heavenly and humble home versus worldly comforts, success and wealth.

Who are the descendants of Lot?

The descendants of Lot were the Moabites and the Ammonites. These were 2 nations that were against God. They were living in sin: complete disobedience and defiance, but were eventually defeated.

Interesting fact: King Solomon was married to an Ammonite (1 Kings 14:21).

Recap: Lessons from Genesis 19 – Encouraging life lessons from the Bible

Hopefully, you enjoyed this bible study on Genesis! It was jam packed with encouraging life lessons from the Bible! I know there are probably many more lessons or biblical principles than the ones I mention, but this is a good starting point, especially for anyone new to bible study! And if you are new to bible study, keep praying, keep reading, keep studying! And stay alert for the Holy Spirit’s leading! If you find any other life lessons, please share them in the comments below or contact me!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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