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Why did God save Lot out of Sodom?

There are several facets to what occurred when God dealt with Sodom and Gomorrah by destroying it with fire and brimstone. We are privileged to see the whole picture with Sodom regarding Lot, Abraham and even the LORD. Abraham’s conversation with God at the end of chapter 18 demonstrates God’s willingness to spare many for the sake of the righteous around them, but there were fewer than ten righteous. Yet Genesis 19:29 states that “God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow…” Though Abraham never expressed it to the LORD, He knew that at the heart of Abraham’s request was the deliverance of Lot. We could say that Lot was delivered because of Abraham, and we can be encouraged that likewise, the Lord knows the heart of our requests even if we can’t express them properly.

Yet there was another reason, which is the essence of the matter, why God saved Lot. Lot was righteous and the Judge of all the earth would do right (Gen 18:25). Peter observes that Lot is righteous based on the fact that God saved him from judgment (2 Pe 2:9). Two angels went in and brought Lot and his family out of the city before judgment. His wife desired to save the life she once had and lost her life (Lu 17:32-33). Whenever the Scriptures mention righteous ones and blanket judgment, except in the unique case of Christ at the cross (1 Pe 3:18), the righteous are always delivered before judgment falls. Enoch was taken, Noah was brought through judgment, here Lot was spared, and in the future, God will take the church out of this world before His wrath is poured out to judge mankind (Rom 5:9) and refine Israel (Zech 13:8-9). God always saves the righteous and Lot was righteous.

Lastly, the two daughters of Lot sadly bear incestuous children by their father. Why were they saved? I know of no answer except the grace of God. It may be that they, like their father Lot and uncle Abraham, believed God and were counted righteous; yet what we see of the family of Lot is anything but righteous. There is a valuable lesson to learn: the way we live affects others who may be saved and may cause them to stumble and even destroy their testimony for God (Rom 14:15). Another indispensable lesson is that even though we won’t be judged as sinners because of Christ’s death, present sin has enduring consequences. The sons of Lot’s daughters, Moab and Ben-ammi, produced families which long troubled the people of God.

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