Google+ 10/22/13 Doors Can Protect Us or Slam on Our Fingers!

Genesis 19:9-11

 

“Stand back!” they shouted.

“This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he’s acting like our judge!

We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!”

And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door.

But the two angels reached out, pulled Lot into the house, and bolted the door.

Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the door of the house,

So they gave up trying to get inside.

 

In part two of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Knock, Knock...God's There," we turn to Moses who recounts a story of a literal door that God uses to save Lot from his oppressors.  Lot was protecting two men that were being pursued by the evil people of Sodom.  Lot was keeping these two men in his home.  The men of Sodom showed up at Lot's door and demanded that the men be returned to them, where presumably they were to be killed.  Lot refuses and offers his two daughters as replacements for the two men.  What a sacrificial thing to do.  Our Scripture tells us that these two daughters have done nothing wrong and are "clean" in the eyes of God.  Lot would have known that if Sodom actually accepted his bargain, the daughters would have been defiled.  The men of Sodom respond with violence and attempt to break down the door, lunging at Lot.  Two angels pull Lot inside the house and bolt the door.  The angels then confound all the men of Sodom by blinding them.  Out of frustration, Sodom's people gave up and went away.  God promises Lot that He will spare Sodom until Lot has a chance to escape.  God also spares the city of Bela, whose name was changed to Zoar because of how they protected Lot and his daughters, permanently because of Lot's prayer.  This is probably the best example that we find in the Old Testament of eternal security for backslidden believers.  Regardless of Lot's deep apostasy, the New Testament assures us that Lot was a righteous man and his righteous soul was daily vexed with the unlawful deeds of his Sodomite neighbors. 1 Corinthians 3:15 tells us that Lot will be among those who "shall suffer loss," but he himself will be saved.  Remember Lot's wife longingly looked back at her beloved possessions and was turned into a pillar of salt and swept away in the explosion that resulted from the destruction of the city.  As you walk the path of righteousness today, use God's "door" to temporarily protect you.  Heed His instructions.  When God tells us to leave a place and take up residence somewhere else, listen carefully and execute His plan immediately.  Don't look back.  Resist the temptation of the devil.  "Doors Can Protect US, or Slam on Our Fingers!"