Genesis 19:27-29

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 19:27
  • Genesis 19:28
  • Genesis 19:29

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.

Chapter 19 tells us of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham’s intercession for the cities, and Lot’s narrow escape. God sends two angels to see whether the city is as wicked as reported. Men of the city insist on sexually assaulting the two angels, definitively answering the question of the wickedness of the city.

Abraham awoke and saw the destruction in the valley. God had remembered Abraham and saved Lot from the devastation.

We are reminded of Abrahams’s intercession for Lot and his family (Genesis 18:20-33) when Abraham…went to the place where he had stood before the Lord; and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah. From Mamre, Abraham could see the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace (Isaiah 9:18; Exodus 19:18; Revelation 9:2). Apparently, Abraham’s intercession had not saved the city since there were not 10 righteous souls in the cities. It appears Lot was the only one.
God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow of the cities in which Lot lived. God saved Lot because he was found righteous, and because of Abraham’s intercession. But since ten righteous men were not found, the city was destroyed. This supports a general principle that a pretty small righteous influence is sufficient for God to spare judgement. This principle shows up many times, such as in the story of Jonah, and God desiring to preserve Nineveh. We saw it earlier in Genesis when God put off judging the Amorites because their iniquity was not yet full (Genesis 15:16).

Biblical Text

27 Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the Lord; 28 and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the valley, and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace. 29 Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.

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