_ It says in 2 Peter 2:7 in the New Living Translation, “…God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him.”
The life of Lot shows us that you can be righteous but still make bad choices without God’s wisdom. Lot was saved from destruction twice because of the faith and wisdom of Abraham; he was saved from captivity in chapter 14 and saved out of Sodom in chapter 19. Genesis 19:29 says "And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the Plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.”
In Chapter 20 Abraham does the “she’s my sister” thing again. It’s easy for us to look at this and see that he was wrong in doing this and God could have protected him; we see how He protected him after the fact. But even though he did wrong both times, God blessed him financially both times. That doesn’t make sense to our human sense of justice, but God knew that Abraham was walking in faith even though he wasn’t perfected in faith. It’s good to know that God won’t forsake us when we fail in an area when we are giving ourselves to walk in our current amount of faith. In other words, Abraham knew God was going to bless his obedience to live in the land of Canaan etc., but he didn’t have knowledge of God as the One who would protect him from all harm. Many people start down the road that God calls them to by faith and then try to attempt to accomplish some things by the strength of the flesh.Galatians 3:3 says, "Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?"
God grants the son of promise (Isaac) to Sarah in chapter 21 right after Abraham prays for the wombs of all those of the house of Abimelech to be opened. Reminds me of Job… the blessing of the LORD comes when they prayed for others.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan