Genesis 19* The destruction of Sodom, and the deliverance of Lot. (1-29)The sin and disgrace of Lot. (30-38)1-29 Lot was good, but there was not one more of the samecharacter in the city. All the people of Sodom were very wickedand vile. Care was therefore taken for saving Lot and hisfamily. Lot lingered; he trifled. Thus many who are underconvictions about their spiritual state, and the necessity of achange, defer that needful work. The salvation of the mostrighteous men is of God's mercy, not by their own merit. We aresaved by grace. God's power also must be acknowledged inbringing souls out of a sinful state If God had not beenmerciful to us, our lingering had been our ruin. Lot must fleefor his life. He must not hanker after Sodom. Such commands asthese are given to those who, through grace, are delivered outof a sinful state and condition. Return not to sin and Satan.Rest not in self and the world. Reach toward Christ and heaven,for that is escaping to the mountain, short of which we must notstop. Concerning this destruction, observe that it is arevelation of the wrath of God against sin and sinners of allages. Let us learn from hence the evil of sin, and its hurtfulnature; it leads to ruin. 30-38 See the peril of security. Lot, who kept chaste in Sodom,and was a mourner for the wickedness of the place, and a witnessagainst it, when in the mountain, alone, and, as he thought, outof the way of temptation, is shamefully overtaken. Let him thatthinks he stands high, and stands firm, take heed lest he fall.See the peril of drunkenness; it is not only a great sin itself,but lets in many sins, which bring a lasting wound anddishonour. Many a man does that, when he is drunk, which, whenhe is sober, he could not think of without horror. See also theperil of temptation, even from relations and friends, whom welove and esteem, and expect kindness from. We must dread asnare, wherever we are, and be always upon our guard. No excusecan be made for the daughters, nor for Lot. Scarcely any accountcan be given of the affair but this, The heart is deceitfulabove all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Fromthe silence of the Scripture concerning Lot henceforward, learnthat drunkenness, as it makes men forgetful, so it makes them tobe forgotten.
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