R4E130902 – Lot (Old Testament Character Study) by Douglas Jacoby
For further study:
- Passages highlighted or mentioned in this podcast:
- Genesis 11:31; 12:4; 13:1-2,6,10-13; 14:12,14-16; 19:1-37.
- Hebrews 13:2; Judges 19; Ezekiel 16:48-49; Matthew 16:25 (Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24); Genesis 9:20ff; Leviticus 18:21; 1 Kings 11:4-8; Numbers 25.
- Luke 17:28-29, 32-33; 2 Peter 2:7.
- Lot is considered a prophet in Islam (Qur’an suras 7 and 11). Here his name is Lut.
- For more on the short verse Luke 17:32, click here.
- Genesis 13:12 — Lot makes an unspiritual, suboptimal choice.
- Genesis 19:26 — His wife looks back (physically); he had been looking back too (emotionally, mentally).
- Luke 17:32 — Jesus underscores this last warning.
Some things we learn about God:
- We may start out with genuine faith, yet gradual compromise gradually erodes conviction. When our lives are “disintegrating,” it may be a sign that the Lord wants our attention — and our hearts!
- He will bless us as we act out of faith (not fear).
- He wants us to invest ourselves in his promises, not in the allure of the world.
- Final judgment and judgment of motives belong to him. Don’t be too hasty to analyze Bible characters (1 Corinthians 4:3-5) — or other people we know.
For children (simplified lesson):
- Be careful about bad people (the men of Sodom).
- They do not listen to God’s word.
- They make fun of your faith.
- One day they will answer to God.
- “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
- Be one of the good guys (like Abraham).
- They make good choices.
- They care about others and pray for them.
- They don’t look back.
- Be brave. Don’t be afraid to stand up.