"And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came."
(Genesis 12:5 KJV)
Lot was Abraham's (Abram's) nephew who left Haran with him and traveled to Caanan in his Caravan. We know little about Lot and less of his household. His age is never mentioned but he must have been at least a teen-ager when they left Haran. There is no mention of family members, other than servants, before he settled in Sodom. While he stayed with Abraham, he was apparently a dutiful nephew and he was righteous before God (2 Peter 2:7-8). But the Old Testament scripture only tells us that he went with them to Egypt during the famine and he must have been righteous because Our Awesome God took him out of the judgment of Sodom.
After returning from Egypt, Abraham and Lot decided to separate to avoid family conflicts because their shepherds were fighting each other. Lot chose the fertile and well watered plains around Sodom where he could easily prosper by his own efforts. Later Lot sold his livestock for a house in Sodom with his wife and daughters.
When Lot moved his tents closer to Sodom, he made a poor decision based on worldly attractions. Lot soon moved into town and raised at least four daughters in a society so bad that Our Awesome God could not find ten righteous men in it. Lot became a part of that society and completely lost his witness for God. Still, being righteous, God made Lot escape from Sodom before He destroyed it. Only Lot and his two unmarried daughters survived God's judgment of Sodom. Lot never regained his close relationship with God and died in poverty as a result of his poor decisions.
We need to apply some of the lessons we can see in Lot's life to our own lives. First, when we follow Our Awesome God, it requires a lot of faith and effort, especially if we live up to the potential that He has for us. Second, we, like Lot, are surrounded by a corrupt and sinful society. We may try to get our children into good schools and in safe areas of the city, but it is hard to isolate them from worldly temptations, and almost impossible when we stop associating with other believers.
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Flo & Bill