God’s PLAN of SALVATION is ‘CRITICAL’ for EVERYONE
January 7 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 19-21
Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city--take them out of this place! For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it." So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, "Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!" But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. (Gen 19:12-14)
When God called Abraham to leave his ancestral family and country to an unknown place, his brother’s son Lot accompanied him on his journey (Gen. 12:5; 13:1). However, they parted ways soon after they realized that it had become difficult to live together (13:5-7). Lot chose the plain of Jordan, and pitched his tent at Sodom (13:10-12). However, the people of Sodom were “exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord” (13:13), and the righteous Lot was tormented day and night seeing the filthy conduct of the wicked people in Sodom (2 Peter 2:7-8).
It was not long before God decided to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone as the sins of the people were too much for Him to bear (18:20), and He decided to check it out by Himself (18:21). Due to the pleadings from Abraham, God agreed that if ten righteous people were in Sodom He would not destroy that city (18:32). God sent two of His angels to Sodom and Lot, who was sitting in the gate of that city, received them into his house (19:1). Sadly, the men of Sodom displayed their carnality towards the two angels (19:4-5), and that hastened God’s decision to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (19:13). His plan of salvation was that anyone who could get out of the city would be spared from death (19:12).
Lot tried to convince his own two sons-in-law to flee the city of Sodom, but they felt that he was joking (19:14b) and did not leave the city. Not long before, God rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, and destroyed both the cities completely (19:24-25). Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt because she looked back (19:26) disobeying God’s specific directive not to look behind (19:17). Everyone was killed in Sodom and Gomorrah, except Lot and his two daughters!
Let us remember that God did not spare the angels who sinned (2 Peter 2:4), nor the ancient world during Noah’s time who rejected God’s plan of salvation through the ark (v. 5) and turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes making them an example for the people who live ungodly lives (v. 6). God has a plan of salvation for us through His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross and took our punishment instead of us! This plan is ‘critical’, and everyone should accept this plan to escape God’s judgment reserved upon this world. Have you accepted God’s plan of salvation in your life?