Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
|Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook||Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter Follow @WayneBlank|
A Submerged Heap
by Wayne Blank
"The Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave"
Gomorrah was a very ancient city. It existed, along with Sodom, very early in recorded Bible History, in the tenth chapter of Genesis.
"And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon, in the direction of Gerar, as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha." (Genesis 10:19 RSV)
Gomorrah became an ugly "manure pile" because of how the people there behaved, not how it looked. The city itself was in an area that "was well watered everywhere like the garden of The Lord":
"And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that the Jordan valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar; this was before The Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah." (Genesis 13:10 RSV)
Gomorrah was politically allied with the cities around it:
"In the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, these kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar. And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim, that is, the Salt Sea." (Genesis 14:1-3 RSV)
The Lord destroyed Gomorrah because "their sin is very grave":
"Then The Lord said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave" (Genesis 18:20 RSV)
Gomorrah, along with Sodom, thereafter became an analogy for perversion and corruption - and of the coming lake of fire in which the unrepentant will be submerged:
"by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly" (2 Peter 2:6 RSV)
Fact Finder: How will the entire earth be submerged?