Every Story has a beginning – What sort of person do you want to be? – Genesis 19

Every Story has a beginning – What sort of person do you want to be? – Genesis 19



The Backstory

Genesis 12 – Abraham is called to go to Canaan. His nephew Lot goes with him.
Genesis 13 – Livestock prospers, Lot and Abraham divide the land. Lot heads for the Jordan valley, to live near Sodom.

“the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” (Gen.13:13)

Genesis 14 – Sodom conquered, Abraham to the rescue.

“I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’” (Gen.14:23)

Genesis 18 – 2 angels and “the Lord” = Jesus visit Abraham.

The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that…” (Genesis 18:20)

1) The State of Sodom and Gomorrah

My lords please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” (Genesis 19:2)


i) The verb, “to have sex with” means to have sex with.

“Adam [knew] his wife Eve and she became pregnant.”(Genesis 4:1)

 ii) This is a form of gay sex.

But not a consensual relationship – this is a gay gang rape.

iii) This is fathers training their sons to be evil.

all the men from every part of the city -both young and old” (Genesis 19:4)

“Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.””(Genesis 19:8-9)

 Sodom’s problems go deeper than just inhospitality.

“Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”” (Genesis 19:13)

2) What sort of person do you want to be?

i) Be careful how you seek status.

ii) Never compromise with your kids

Meeting Jesus is more important for your children than education or career.

iii) Generous hospitality

iv) Flee Temptation

  • Hesitation
  • Counting the cost
  • I can handle it

 v) You are the choices you make

What sort of a person do you want to be?


3) The Judgement of God

i) Judgement is universal.

ii) God judges because he loves the victim.

“Because the outcry to the Lord against its people is so great.” (Genesis 19:13)

iii) Out of love, God saves people who deserve to be punished.



I want to know more:

  • To Read: The Message of Genesis, Atkinson, Bible Speaks Today commentary
  • To Read: Book – Who Do You Think You Are? – Mark Driscoll.
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