"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.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; "
(Genesis 15:13 KJV)
At the age of 75 years, Abraham left Haran and started wandering where Our Awesome God led him to go. He was past the age where Sarah (his wife) could bear a child and yet, God told him his descendants would inherit the earth and he believed God. Abraham traveled through and in the land of Canaan the rest of his his life, expecting God to provide a peaceful home.
Soon after Abraham rescued his nephew, Lot, he became concerned about not having children. Then he had a vision while dreaming in which Our Awesome God told him the Scripture above. In the vision, God assured Abraham that he would be protected from conflict. The seed of Abraham was to be from his own body and would endure affliction and slavery with persecution for 400 years. Then God would miraculously rescue them from their persecution. But just when did the 400 years begin?
Abraham's first-born son was Ishmael but Isaac was the "child of promise." When Isaac was almost 5 years old and Ishmael was 20, it was necessary to decide who would inherit. Abraham held a great feast for Isaac's birthday but Ishmael was disrespectful. So Ishmael was sent away and Isaac became the heir of Abraham. The day Isaac was 5 years old, he was confirmed by God as heir and it was exactly 400 years later that the Exodus out of Egypt began.
400 years after Abraham's feast, on the same day, the 15th of Aviv, Our Awesome God brought the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob out of Egypt. If we follow the chronology, we see that, besides Joseph, the Israelites were only in Lower Egypt for 215 years before they became slaves. The four generations, mentioned by God, are traced through the tribe of Levi who entered Egypt with the other sons of Israel during the years of famine. Our Awesome God has done it again! God created the world. All that is in it will do as and when He wills it, including captivity. Praise the Lord! He always has a purpose and it will happen.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill