“For that righteous man, dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with unlawful deeds.”
It is this righteous man that our attention is brought upon for this man certainly, from all outward appearances, did not live a righteous life. Lot was the nephew of Abram son of Terah, son of Shem, son of Noah. He grew up in the land of fire (Ur) of the Chaldees and when Abram was given leave of his father to depart, Lot accompanied him to Haran (mountain area). Lot was an herdsman and had a rather large work force with him as he ventured from Haran to the land of Canaan. But God brought a famine in the land and drove Abram, Sarai and Lot, with their entire household, into Egypt. Here Abram demonstrated that faith is not of Adam as he feared for his life but nothing is revealed about the conduct of Lot. When in the appointed time, God brought Abram and Sarai out of Egypt, Lot returned with them but his herds and flocks had grown so large that the land could not support them both. So, after strife formed between Abram’s men and Lot’s house, the eyes of Lot lusted after the plains of Jordan. This was fertile, well watered land that resembled the garden of God and the land of Egypt. The beauty of the land and the financial prospects thereof, drew Lot’s heart after it and he parted ways with Abram to dwell in the cities of the plains of Jordan, facing Sodom. This sounds harmless enough except when consideration is given as to how an herdsman, with an immense flock and many men to tend to it, dwells in a city.
Now this Lot was a child of grace for whom the Lamb of God had shed His blood and redeemed him unto Himself. He was an heir of God and a joint heir with Messiah, chosen in Him from before the world began. He was sealed with His Father’s name in his forehead and was a partaker of the divine nature of God but the next record given of him is that now he is living in Sodom. This was a wicked city of men who were sinners before God. They were wealth and prosperous but the great city was an abomination before Jehovah God. When He sent forth the Kings to do battle in the vale of Siddim, the leaders of the armies of Sodom and Gomorrah were slain and the possessions of both cities were taken along with Lot and all he had. Abram (exalted father) rescued him and returned him to Sodom.
“Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and because their sin is very grievous.”
God had presented Himself in the form of two witnesses to speak to Abram as they traveled to destroy these wicked cities. Abram knew that Lot resided there and pleaded for the righteous in the city supposing there to be as many as an hundred. The scriptures do not give the census numbers of the inhabitants of these two great cities but of all that were there only four left before the destruction and Lot was one of the four. He had spent a considerable part of his life living and doing business in the midst of this wickedness. He was part of the community, he raised his sons and daughters there, at least two of which had taken an husband of the residence. He was known of the men of the city, whom he addressed as kin, and he was well aware of their ways. With all this being set forth the question must be asked, why did this righteous man desire, go and remain in such a wicked place? Why was he so stubborn when he was told to leave and why did it take the hand of God, laid upon he, his wife and his two daughters before they left the city when destruction was at the door?
We could be as the teachers of Adam’s ways and say that he did not have a strong enough faith to trust God or the accusations may be set against Lot’s free will. These would suffice those who desire to judge Lot and cast aspersions against him but the sovereign God has dealt to each of His children, a measure of faith sufficient to walk and live by (Rms. 12:3). This is not a blind belief in the temporal matters or the leaders of the world for it is the faith of the Son of God which causes His people to be obedient to His will. So then if Lot had faith, which is the fruit of the Spirit that dwells in everyone who is born from above, then Lot was walking by faith and fulfilling the will of God while living in the midst of an evil generation.
Daily this man lived in the ungodly lifestyle of these people. He heard the wicked, vile, corrupt conversations of the community and he saw their disgusting conduct. There is nothing that would implicate Lot in any of these deeds but this one born of incorruptible seed that cannot sin because His seed remains in him, witnessed the growing perversion and liberality of depraved moral conduct and his righteous soul was tested, tormented, distressed and harassed. He was in the world but not of the world and he could do nothing about the ways of the world.
Why his heart was drawn after the luscious green pastures of the plains of Jordan in the first place can only be explained that this was the path that he was assigned to walk. How he abandoned his herds and flocks to dwell in the city was because God had put it in his heart to desire and find pleasure in the security and prestige of the city over the solitude and loneliness of the plains. He enjoyed the company of people over the bleating of sheep and goats. Who made him this way what and what did he have that was not given to him (I Cor. 4:7)? Why did he leave the sanctuary of the city of the plains and venture into the city of Sodom can be attributed to the lust and desires of the flesh yet Adam, the elder, is in servitude to the younger, the Spirit within. So it must needs be that, since it was not in Lot to direct his steps, it was not according to the good pleasure of his will and since all these things were finished before the foundation of the world, Jehovah God ordered this path for Lot and by the power of His will brought him into the very situation as seemed good in His sight.
Notice well that even when confronted with the destruction of the city, Lot was not ready to leave. First he tried to reason with these men of a reprobate mind. Then he tried to satisfy the perversion of the men by offering his own daughters to them for their pleasure. Even after the angels smote the men of the city with blindness Lot tried to reason with his son-in-laws and his sons to join him but he still lingered and did not want to leave. He was no longer welcomed in the city, esteemed as one that was a fool making jest or joking about the situation and despised of his family. Every one of these avenues of carnal logic and conduct must have been traveled before the fullness of time came to leave and not one thought, word or deed could have delayed the departure one second.
The messenger of Jehovah brought four people forth from Sodom. One was a child of the King who was delivered from the wrath to come, in the appointed time and prescribed manner. He was not saved because of what he had done but because of who he was and what labours had been assigned for him to do. His wife was not suited for the kingdom of heaven and, as she was dragged forth out of her house and put outside of the city, she looked ‘rearward’ and her earthen vessel was turned into a pillar of salt. The other two, who had not known a man, were afore prepared of the Lord to bare children from an incestuous relationship with a severely drunken father.
Lot was given a mind to go and seek safety in the mountains there to dwell in a cave with his daughters. His daughters were given the idea that they were never going to meet a man and be have children so in a ‘noble gesture’ they concluded that their father was to be their husband. They were given to contrive a despicable deed and to; ‘come, let us make our father to drink wine and we will lie with him that we may preserve seed of our father” (Gen. 19:32). Then was Lot given a thirst for wine and the ability to become intoxicated but rather than passing out from the drunkenness, this old man was also given the virility to copulate with his first daughter and there was life in his seed. Amazingly the next night the Lot was given again to be overcome by the same ruse with the second daughter, she was made fruitful and conceived and brought forth ‘the son of my people’, Ben-ammi whose name was changed to Ammon. Lot, being a righteous child of grace, was delivered from the destruction of the city wherein he lived and prospered, as the messengers promised Abram, to be the father of a son named Moab. This man became the father of a nation wherein was born, many years later, Ruth the great grandmother of King David. This is the royal lineage of Jesus of Bethlehem and the sin of Lot and the incest with his daughters were necessary elements of that blood line.
The lifestyle of Lot was not righteous. His appetites were not pure and Holy. He exhibited no faith after the flesh, but he was a son of God, a living stone in the wall of the city of God. He was a person zealous of good works who had the testimony of Messiah and kept the commandments of God. Because he was of that royal generation, a chosen people unto Jehovah, he completed, in righteousness, each and every good work that he had been created unto in Messiah. His garments were never soiled, his helmet was never defiled and his name was never strickened from the book of life of the Lamb. He was faithful until the very end and had patiently run the race set before him. There was no condemnation against him for he was without spot or blemish before the throne of God.
Lot was delivered from condemnation and temptation because; “Jehovah (not Adam) knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished”. He alone has determined the station in life for His people and He works in them both to will and do His good pleasure. Adam cannot see these good works and even if he could, he would not know what they were for they are spiritually discerned. Brethren do not look to Adam for proof of the grace of God, you will be frustrated and saddened. Do not rely upon the evidence of the temporal things of this existence as a witness of the hope that dwells within. Know of a certainty that you are exactly where the King has appointed you and you are doing what He has decreed. Be patient, stand still and see the salvation of Jehovah.
This is not a license for lascivious behavior nor complacency toward the sin that dwells in our members. It is the work of the Lord and it is marvelous beyond our understanding. There is nothing that comes to pass that is not the express will of God and all His ways most glorious to behold. “This is the day that Jehovah has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” for the evils thereof are sufficient to His purpose and His grace is sufficient to the needs of His Beloved.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 4, 2012