What is the world coming to? How can things get any worse?
Perhaps you have heard, or even been involved in conversations just like this about the state of the world.
Jesus associated His return with the days of Lot.i Why then are we surprised by the rampant changes toward evil in this generation?
The Holy Spirit begins his record of the heavenly order of Melchizedek in the days of Lot.
Just before His cross, Jesus warned His disciples, both then and now, that they were to endure days like the days of Lot. They were going to have to endure through very difficult days.
Perseverance would take prayer and courage, the necessary ingredients to stay strong and not give up.
Lot chose to live in Sodom. His days were involved with Sodom and Gomorrah. Both towns were associated with all kinds of wickedness. It is very easy to look at the conditions of the present day and reference the days of Lot.
T. Austin Sparks, however, presents a very different and insightful view.
He points out that after the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, is the moral corruption and ungodliness of God’s people, and not the vices of the heathen nations, that is taken into account.
However, let us not judge Lot too harshly, for in Romans 9:29, we find these words: “Except the Lord of Sabaoth [the Lord of hosts] had left as a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.”
This Scripture was taken from Isaiah 1:1-10, where Isaiah prophesied of the rebellion of God’s people. Brethren, after the “overthrow” of Sodom and Gomorrah, it is the moral corruption and ungodliness of God’s people, and never the vices of the heathen nations, that are compared to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Isaiah prophesied to Israel that they were “of” Gomorrah, and that their rulers were “of” Sodom (Isa. 1:9, 10). Jeremiah prophesied that the Lord had seen in the prophets of Jerusalem “an horrible thing . . . they are all as Gomorrah” (Jer 23:14). In Ezekiel 16:46-50, Jerusalem is referred to as daughters of Sodom, and the Word solemnly says: . . . but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they [Sodom] in all thy ways.”
What was this corrupted way? Ezekiel 16:49, 50 tells us it was the way of “pride,” which is the way of self ruling – self ruling independently of God. it was a way of “fullness of bread,” which meant their goal in life was financial prosperity, security and ease: “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1). It was a way of “abundance of idleness”: there was no diligence in the things of the Lord! particularly in prayer.ii
This is in line with the Scripture that states that judgment starts with the house of God.iii
The world has charged the Christian church was being judgmental and self-righteous.
Perhaps we had better pull back the finger of judgment and a lost and dying world and reconsider. We, the church, are to continue to work of our Master. He came to give His life that none would be lost. Are we truly following His example?
Thank God, for the Ministry of our Great High Priest. Without Him, we would be lost. We too would fare as Sodom and Gomorrah. Thank God that we have Him who is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.iv
May we, the church, be those who rise above the days of Lot. May we be diligent servants. May we be those who are diligent in prayer, looking to our heavenly home, finding no security in the shifting sands of this present world.
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i Luke 17:28-30
ii T. Austin Sparks, The warfare in the Spirit, chapter heading “As it was in the days of Lot” emphasis added
iii 1 Peter 4:17
iv Heb 7:25