The idea behind this blog comes from a piece of music by the same title by David Holsinger,” that I am practicing with JJC’s Community Band on Monday nights. I have played clarinet with this group for over 30 years now – time fly’s. For your listening pleasure…
The inspiration for this program music comes from harrowing passages in the Book of Genesis (12:1-14:16, 19:1-38), having to do with Abram, later Abraham, and his attempts to save Lot and his family from the destructive influences and ultimate divine judgement of Sodom. These passages cover a fair amount of ground, far more than we cover in a session of MBS on Saturday morning’s. Summarizing it all, one can say…
- Abram is Lot’s uncle (12:5). Their heritage (11:31), upbringing, and environment are nearly identical.
- Abram, Sarai, and Lot had sufficient faith (15:6, 2 Pet. 2:7-8) that they, and their servants (12:6-9) were chosen by God to venture to Canaan to lead the expansion of God’s kingdom (12:1-3) on earth.
- Abram chooses a quiet, rural, godly setting for them to live (13:1-4) on.
- Lot and his family, wanting “more out of life” separate themselves from Abram & Sarai. They are drawn by the “greener pastures” (13:10-11) of Sodom’s valley (12:12-13). Eventually, they becomes entrapped the valley’s civil war (14:1-12). Abram hear’s of Lot’s family plight and assembles a rescue squad (14:14-16) to remove them from the conflict.
- A period of time passes (14:17-18:33). Lot and his family, having not seen and experienced enough, return to Sodom. Lot gains power through government employment (19:1) and coincidently loses the power to control his own family (19:4-14).
- God decides to foreclose Sodom. He sends two angels in the form of ordinary men (19:1) to rescue (19:15-22) Lot and his family from Sodom, prior to burning the place to the ground (19:12-13, 23-25).
The lessons taught from this encounter are many, including the following…
- It seems God has influenced human activities through the application of His angels can be skinned as humans (19:1). This may or may not be happening today. The belief of this depends on one’s perspective and faith.
- Because of this history, Sodom & Gomorrah are used as an example in our Bible and elsewhere of evil personified (cp. Isa. 1:9-10, Jer. 49:18, Matt. 10:15, Jude 7, etc.) and the absolute destruction it can bring.
- Even those chosen by God are morally influenced to their detriment by the company they keep and their environment (19:30-36).
- Finally, there appears to be two varieties of God’s chosen and followers, even within families. There is the “Lot” variety – those heavily influenced and takes a liking to our fallen world. There are the “Abraham” variety – those more (no one is perfect, including Abram and Sarai (12:10-20, 16:1-16) more heavily influenced by God; who reject much of our fallen world, and more Spiritually driven.