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Genesis 20

DAILY DEVOTION

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 20

By: Ron Maxfield

    In Genesis chapter 20 we see a story that shows how half truths can rob us of blessing and get us stuck on a treadmill of unfulfillment and weak faith. Abraham and Sarah perpetrate a lie that they had repeated once before while in Egypt.

    One of the most damaging sins we deal with in life is the half-truth. In fact, most all lies have some element of truth in them. In this story, we see Abraham clinging to his fear of the world by misleading King Abimeleck. Abraham gives him the impression that Sarah is not his wife by saying they are brother and sister. In fact, they were half brother and sister. So, he technically told the truth, but his intent was to deceive because he didn’t trust God to protect him

   God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son, but Abraham didn’t have enough faith to believe that God would protect his life. We all have doubts that in the “real world” we can’t get by without playing the “spin” game with a world that is hostile to our faith. Ironically, Abimeleck showed himself to be of greater faith and character than Abraham.

It is clear that Abraham and Sarah would not be able to move on in their spiritual walk, until they dealt with this deception that in fact, they had agreed upon from the day they left home. 

   In our lives, there is sin that we justify as being “worldly savvy” while claiming that we trust in God to direct our paths. We can give a good defense that we aren’t technically untruthful when in fact we try to manipulate a situation that we don’t trust God to come through for us on. If we walk in fear and try to trick our way through life, it will catch up with us and we will be weaker  and more anxious for it. 

   As Paul says in I Cor.11:28-30,” But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For if he that eats and drinks unworthily, he eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Walking in deceit will take its toll mentally, spiritually and physically.

   You and I must make an honest examination of ourselves and as King David said in Psalm 139: 23:24,” Search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me to the everlasting way.” Take time this day to see if there is any sin that is obstructing the blessing that the Lord desires to fill your heart, soul and mind with. Confess it. Trust the Lord Jesus to put it behind you that you may know His perfect plan for your life.

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Genesis 19

DAILY DEVOTION

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10th

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 19

By: Roy Lanten

There is so much to talk about in Genesis 19, but let us first take a quick look back in chapter 18 (which you have already read) to give us an insight of chapter 19. Here we see Abraham interceding as much as six times not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah; and six times God states that He would not destroy Sodom if He found some people of the community righteous.

Now let’s move forward to Genesis 19. The chapter begins with two angels arriving in Sodom greeted by none other than Abraham’s nephew, Lot. Interestingly enough Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom where most city officials or elders met to conduct the community’s affairs and cast judgements on the citizens of the city.  This indicates that Lot participated there as a judge.

Lot welcomed the two angels and invited them to his house for food and rest. Lot’s invitation to the two was most likely not just to be courteous, but an effort to protect them from the Sodomites. Sodom was full of immorality and homosexuality was rampant.

Verse 4 shows that all the men of Sodom were so adamant to get to the two angels, that in desperation, Lot offers his two virgin daughters to the men. To show that the word “all” used in verse 4 is not an exaggeration, it states “both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.” Stating this leads to only one truth about Sodom – this indeed was a messed up city.

When morning came judgement fell on Sodom and Gomorrah, just as God had promised it would. In verse 17 the two angels escorted Lot and his family out of the city and ask them not to look back or they too would be destroyed. Lot’s wife disobeyed an angelic warning and paid the price of sin, as she was encased in salt and died. We see in verse 25 that God overthrew the cities and everything around them, “all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground,” where still to this day some still can smell sulphur there. I love how verse 29 tells us that God thought of Abraham and His conversation with him back in Genesis 18 and saved Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family. This is a great look into the power of prayer!

Lot left the city of Zoar where he was afraid, perhaps because he felt the people there held him responsible for all the devastation, or maybe he feared more judgment would come upon the region. Lot lived in a cave in the mountains with his two virgin daughters that he tried to offer in place of the two angels. The immoral philosophy of Sodom and Gomorrah corrupted the thinking of Lot’s daughters that they came up with a plan to get there father drunk and have sex with him so they could keep the family line going.

The two sons born of this sin of incest were named Moab and Ben-Ammi. The interesting thing about this is these two sons became the progenitors of Moab and Ammon, Israel’s longstanding enemies.

Lot had many possessions and lost everything in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He failed to praise God for everything he had and more than anything, he failed to praise God for saving his life. May this chapter remind us to never lose sight of the fact that God gives us everything we could ever need. Everything we own is His and we are just stewards of it. May we never get cocky in our own self-worth or achievements, but in all things give glory to God for everything! 

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