Gen. 19:24-29 Fire and Brimstone
Gen. 19:24 "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone
and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities,
and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which
grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and
she became a pillar of salt. 27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning
to the place where he stood before the LORD: 28 And he looked toward
Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld,
and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29
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 the which Lot dwelt."
The following points may be made of the above passage:
1. Brimstone and fire are associated with the
subject of God's judgment in the scriptures. The following verses all
show this association: Deu. 29:23; Job 18:15; Ps. 11:6; Is. 30:33; Is.
34:9; Ez. 38:22; Luke 17:29; Rev. 9:17; Rev. 9:18; Rev. 14:10; Rev.
19:20; Rev. 20:10; Rev. 21:8. Often in the scriptures when something
first appears, the use of that item is consistent throughout the
2. The phrase, "smoke of a furnace," is also
associated with God's judgment: Ex. 19:8; Rev. 9:2.
3. Lot's wife looked back contrary to the
commandment of God and was turned to a pillar of salt. This principle
is used as a warning from the Lord for those disciples who lived at the
time of the destruction of Jerusalem: Lk. 17:30 "Even thus shall it be
in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which
shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come
down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not
return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his
life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve
it." The Lord teaches us to look forward and not to look back upon what
we are leaving: Lk. 9:61 "And another also said, Lord, I will follow
thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my
house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the
plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
4. Abraham's intercession for Lot is affirmed
as the reason the Lord spared Lot in the destruction of Sodom and
19:30-38 Lot's Daughters
Gen. 19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the
mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar:
and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn
said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the
earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 32 Come, let
us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may
preserve seed of our father. 33 And they made their father drink wine
that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he
perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34 And it came to
pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I
lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night
also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also:
and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she
lay down, nor when she arose. 36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot
with child by their father.
37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab:
the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 38 And the
younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is
the father of the children of Ammon unto this day."
While the actions of Lot's daughters were reprehensible, yet
the pattern of Lot's actions is that of a child of God that is living in
rebellion of the Lord's commandments.
know that Lot is a child of God because the scriptures tell us he is.
Yet much we see of Lot is contrary to a walk of holiness. First, we see
Lot making a decision to put material possessions first in his life. He
decided to go to Sodom and live there for material gain, even though he
knew the men of the city were exceeding wicked before the Lord. He
subjected himself to the filthy conversation of the wicked which vexed
his righteous soul. Yet, he remained in Sodom and gained materially. He
went from dwelling in a tent to possession of a house. He also sat in
the gate of the city (indicative of being a part of the city
government.) When the angels came to Sodom and the wicked men came out
with purpose of raping these men, Lot offered his daughters unto the
men. Next, we see Lot doubting that he could go to the mountain as he
was told to do and begging that the Lord would spare Zoar so he could go
there. However, after he fled to Zoar, Lot feared that the men of the
city would take revenge on him and he fled to the mountain.
In the above passage, we read where Lot allowed his
daughters to give him wine and he became drunken. Next, Lot committed
incest with his two daughters and they were with child of their father.
There are at least two great lessons that we can learn from
Lot. First, a child of God can live in rebellion and wickedness. The
doctrine that a child of God will persevere in good works once he is
born of the Spirit is dispelled by the actions of Lot. Lot did not
persevere in good works. There is very little that we read about the
life of Lot that could even be considered good works or that he even
made an effort to live godly.
Second, a child of God will suffer if he follows a life of
rebellion and wickedness. Notice that Lot vexed his righteous soul with
the filthy conversation of the wicked. Moreover, notice that Lot lost
his material possessions for which he had labored most of his life.
Additionally, notice that Lot lived a life of mortal terror. He was
afraid of what the men of Sodom would do to him and he was afraid that
the men of Zoar would take vengeance on him. He fled in terror unto the
mountain. Furthermore, Lot had no effectual witness unto his
sons-in-law as they considered that he was mocking them when he pled
with them to leave and escape the destruction of Sodom. Lot, also, lost
his wife when she looked back on the destruction of Sodom and was turned
to a pillar of salt. Moreover, Lot ended up drunken and in disgrace
that he had two daughters carrying his sons. For a child of God to live
a mostly faithless, rebellious life will result in a man sowing what he
reaps as we read in Gal. 6:7, 8: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that
soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that
soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."