Lot vs Noah
We are going to jump right into the scripture within this discussion. We will begin by reviewing the following scriptures:
Genesis 19: 1-9
1 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. 4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” 6 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! 8 See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.” 9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
Please pay attention to these key verses: 1, 5,6,7,8
In verse one Lot was sitting inside the gate of Sodom, and watched as the two angels of the Lord showed themselves to Lot, we can discern this because Lot puts his head down in humility towards the ground, knowing well their presence in Sodom is not to be cordial. As we continue to read verses 5-8 the two angels enter into Lot’s house and within a period of time the towns men come to the house and begin to beat on the door, urging Lot to send out the two men who had entered the house earlier. The men of the town wanted to engage them in a carnal way according to the scriptures and what does Lot do, he opens the door and begins to negotiate with the men outside his door. He actually offers the men his two daughters and states the following: AND YOU MAY DO TO THEM AS YOU WISH. Lot actually would have allowed his two daughters to be raped and or killed, AND, he knew the men within his dwelling were angels of Lord and would protect his family from any harm. The proof is in verse 9:11where the ANGELS said this; (11) And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
Now, lets move onto Noah since we established a little history about Lot.
I will keep the history of Noah brief because we are all aware of the Ark story which has made Noah a household name, irregardless of one’s belief.
Review Genesis 6: 16-17
“You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with a lower, second, and third decks. (17) ” And behold, I Myself am bringing the flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; and everything that is on the earth shall die.
Review Genesis 7: 7
So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his son’s wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
Review Genesis 7:10
And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
It is clear once it began to rain after the first seven days the water level began to show signs of flooding and Noah and his family entered the ark. If we look now at the end of verse 16 it is clear: AND THE LORD SHUT HIM IN.
If we look at the positions of Lot and Noah we can clearly see a distinction, one has a compromising belief system and the other has a conviction belief system. These two men facing strenuous situations acted differently yet both men had the protection of God, Lot with the two angels of the Lord and Noah with God Himself, yet one compromises and opens the door to the house and begins to negotiate with the outside world, compromising the integrity of his house to appease the carnal aspects of the flesh.
Noah, faced with rising flood waters does not turn back towards the carnal aspects of the flesh, he does not go out calling to the world, he does not send his sons out to save anyone, he does not jeopardize his family. He entered the ark as commanded by God and did not turn from his conviction nor his belief in God, he did not compromise.
If we take a second look at Lot in Genesis 14:11-12
Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. (12) They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
Continue with verse 14
Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
We can clearly see Lot did not learn a lesson, he was taken prisoner in the above verses as Sodam and Gamorrah where attacked and raided, yet, in chapter 19 vs 1 above we read Lot is sitting inside the gate of Sodom. How is it a man given endless blessings from his family and from God continues to make his way back to the carnality of Sodam.
The reality is Lot had a spirit of compromise and Noah had a spirit of conviction. If we look at the world today and the stories of Lot and Noah and our own lives what type of spirit do we have?
Is it one of compromise or conviction?
- Are we allowing pornography into our homes?
- Are we allowing alcohol (excessive) into our homes?
- Are we allowing worldly words into our house (swearing)?
- Are we allowing inappropriate TV shows into our homes, showtime, HBO etc?
- Are we reading the scriptures daily?
- Are we protecting our family everyday with prayer?
- Are we turning off the HBO, Showtime, etc?
- Are we turning off the radio garbage of lyrics like, death, drugs, murder etc?
Through compromise Lot lost everything including some family members. Through conviction Noah sustained no losses, only favor and blessings from God. What path are we taking? I understand we are all sinners and no one is righteous and all fall short of the glory of God, yet, we must choose a position we are going to live within, a position of compromising for the world or conviction for God. I’ve chosen conviction, understanding it’s not perfection for none are perfect. What is it if a man gains the world yet looses his soul?
God Bless the Repenter!!
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