January 6th, Genesis 19-21

  • 19:4-11 – No matter how you read this story, it’s disturbing. While it’s a good thing that Lot wanted to protect the angels of God, his decision to offer up his daughters is horrifying. In God’s mercy, Lot, his daughters, and the angels were all protected from harm.
  • 19:14-16 – It’s confusing why the angels made a special effort to save Lot, though he knowingly lingered, but not the sons in laws, who seemingly innocently thought Lot was kidding about the city’s destruction.
  • 19:30-36 – Yet another disturbing story. Lot sins by allowing himself to get drunk. We cannot give God control of our lives when we don’t have control to give. The daughters sin by not trusting God to take care of them, but take matters into their own hands.
  • 19:37-38 – Both the Moabites and Ammonites were enemies of Israel throughout their existence.
  • 20:1-18 – Once again, Abraham almost gets someone in trouble by telling them Sarah is his sister. God intervenes and protects Abraham, Sarah, and Abimelech. Though Abimelech may have lived in a land that did not fear God prior to this episode, now he is willing to make accommodations and offer blessings to God’s prophet, Abraham.
  • 21:1-7 – What is impossible for man is still possible for God. This story reminds us that God’s promises are true. They may not happen right when we expect or want, but God will be true to his promises.
  • 21:15-21 – Though Ishmael was not the son through which the covenant would be fulfilled, he was still Abraham’s child and God provided for him.

 

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