Grandad & Nanna's Bible Story - Chapter 8

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A year before Isaac was born, the One who later became Jesus, came to visit Abraham and Sarah, as a human with two angels looking like men as well. (Genesis 18:1-2 Genesis 18:1-2 [1] And the LORD appeared to him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; [2] And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, see, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
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Abraham and Sarah prepared a fine meal and made the 3 men feel welcome to their home.

After the meal the men told Abraham and Sarah they would have their son Isaac born within a year.

They also told them they were going to see the people in Sodom to see if they were so wicked, that God might need to destroy them.

This worried Abraham, who was concerned for the life of his nephew Lot and his family, who lived in Sodom. Lot should never have gone back to Sodom with his family, after Abraham had saved him from captivity.

“So it was, that the lot around Lot’s lot had become a bad lot”, says Grandad.

Abraham was wise and respectful, so he asked: “If you find 50 good people there, will you spare Sodom from destruction?”

Jesus answered that He would spare it, if there were 50 faithful people to God.

Abraham continued to ask respectfully: “What if you find only 45, or 40, or 30 or 20 or only 10 good people?”

Jesus said He would save Sodom if only 10 faithful people to God, were there. (Genesis 18:23-33 Genesis 18:23-33 [23] And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked? [24] Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: will you also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? [25] That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from you: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? [26] And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. [27] And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to speak to the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: [28] Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: will you destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. [29] And he spoke to him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. [30] And he said to him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. [31] And he said, Behold now, I have taken on me to speak to the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. [32] And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. [33] And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned to his place.
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Jesus sent his 2 men on to Sodom where they found Lot, who invited them home for a meal. (Genesis 19:1 Genesis 19:1And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
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, 2 Peter 2:7-8 2 Peter 2:7-8 [7] And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: [8] (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
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They peacefully enjoyed a “feast” meal with unleavened bread, so this could have been during God’s Holy Days of Unleavened Bread. (Leviticus 23:6-8 Leviticus 23:6-8 [6] And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. [7] In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. [8] But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.
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After their meal, as they were getting ready to go to bed for the night, a large crowd of evil people gathered outside Lot’s home, They demanded that he release his 2 male visitors, so they could party and do evil things with them. (Genesis 19:3-4 Genesis 19:3-4 [3] And he pressed on them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. [4] But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
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Even though Lot was a faithful man to God, he was affected by bad thinking, from the wicked society of Sodom he lived in.  So, Lot wrongfully offered his 2 young daughters to the evil crowd, in place of the 2 men (who were angelic messengers from God).

That was just too much for the 2 men, so they pulled Lot back inside his home, shut the door and then God gave them the power to blind the crowd, so they couldn’t find Lot’s door, and kept stumbling over each other, like blind fools.

The 2 angelic messengers then told Lot to hastily find his 2 prospective son in laws who were betrothed to be married to his 2 daughters, because God was going to destroy Sodom.

Lot ran to them and pleaded with them to flee with the rest of his family. But, his betrothed sons in laws just laughed at Lot, and would not go. (Genesis 19:14 Genesis 19:14And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked to his sons in law.
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“Lot was vexed”, says Nanna. "His good was mixed with evil.”  (2 Peter 2:7-8 2 Peter 2:7-8 [7] And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: [8] (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
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“Too true.  We need to be careful that we don’t see the evil customs and things of this world as being good”, says Grandad. (Isaiah 5:20 Isaiah 5:20Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
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Just before sunrise the 2 angelic messengers said: “Arise! Take your wife and your 2 daughters and flee Sodom, immediately!”

But Lot lingered, because his thinking was wrong and was affected badly by the comfortable, but wicked satanic way of the world he lived in.

So the 2 messengers grabbed the hands of Lot and his wife and his 2 daughters and pulled them out of their home and then along the streets, to the outside the city of Sodom. (Genesis 19:16 Genesis 19:16And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful to him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
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There, they told Lot to flee to the mountains, and do not look back, but he argued with them that he wanted to go to the little city of Zoar and not the mountains. 

So God mercifully allowed them to flee to Zoar, as long as they did not look back to Sodom or the other evil city of Gomorrah, which God was now destroying with fire from heaven. (Jude 1:7 Jude 1:7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
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Sadly, Lot’s wife disobeyed God and looked back, and she was instantly turned into a pillar of salt.

Lot finally learned to have deeper respect for God and left Zoar, to live in a cave in the mountains with his 2 daughters. (Genesis 19:30 Genesis 19:30And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelled in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelled in a cave, he and his two daughters.
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Meanwhile Abraham, in the mountain place where Abraham prayed each morning to God, watched the terrible flames flashing from heaven, destroying the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 19:27-29 Genesis 19:27-29 [27] And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: [28] And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, see, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. [29] And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the middle of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelled.
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, 2 Peter 2:6 2 Peter 2:6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample to those that after should live ungodly;
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Abraham gave thanks to God, that even though there weren’t even 10 faithful people, as he had bargained for in Sodom, God had mercifully saved even 3 people alive.  Lot and his 2 daughters. (Luke 17:29 Luke 17:29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
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Of course death is no barrier to God.

“God is also very loving and merciful, and do you know what God is going to do for those people who died in Sodom and Gomorrah, our child?” says Grandad.

God is going to resurrect them back to physical life once again, in the 2nd Resurrection, at the end of the 1,000 years of Christ’s rule on this Earth with His faithful people of the 1stResurrection. (Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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“the rest of the dead lived…”)

The people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be given a period of time to live once again, and to come to know and love the true God, our Father and Jesus Christ, His Son. (Matthew 11:23-24 Matthew 11:23-24 [23] And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. [24] But I say to you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.
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, Mark 6:11 Mark 6:11And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when you depart there, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
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, Luke 10:12 Luke 10:12But I say to you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
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During the 2ndResurrection judgment time, when they repent of their sins of breaking God’s laws, God will give grace to them and forgive them. (1 John 3:4 1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
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They will then need to show to God, during that 2ndResurrection period of time, that their repentance is genuine, by loving God and living by God’s Commandments, laws, statutes, ordinances, precepts, principles, judgments and by God’s Word.

Then God in His love, will allow them to be in his Family, just like Abraham and Sarah and Lot (who finally learned to turn away from the world of Satan and follow God with more respect). (2 Corinthians 6:17-18 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 [17] Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [18] And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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, Ephesians 3:15 Ephesians 3:15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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, 1 John 3:1-3 1 John 3:1-3 [1] Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [3] And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
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“Isn’t it better for us now, to learn to love God and to respectfully live God’s right way of life, rather than be like the wicked people of Sodom, who rebelled against God and God’s Way of life?” says Nanna.

How much better off Lot would have been, if only he had lived with his family, like Abraham and Sarah, away from these evil cities, with their bad customs, pagan festivals, and wicked ways.

“The lesson for all of us, is that even though Lot was a faithful man of God, he failed to use wisdom, and he made some bad decisions to live amongst worldly sinning people who did not love and follow God”, says Grandad.

God is good. God is kind. God is merciful. God is generous. The closer we are to our loving God, the better life is for us.

To be continued with Chapter 9...