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Wednesday, June 3 2015
Ecclesiastes 5: The Lesson Of Lot's Sons And Daughters In Sodom
"I will not destroy it for ten's sake ... thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city"
When the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) told Abraham "18:20 ... Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 18:21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know." (Genesis 18:20-21 KJV), Abraham became alarmed - not because he didn't know of the wickedness and perversion that was festering in Sodom, but because he knew that his nephew Lot, and Lot's family, also lived there. For their sake, Abraham bargained with the LORD in an attempt to save them. Abraham negotiated an agreement with the LORD that if only ten righteous people could be found in Sodom, that the LORD would spare the entire city, and everyone in it, from incineration.
"18:22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
Why was Abraham satisfied with the number ten? Of the entire city, what ten people did Abraham expect to be counted as righteous? The answer begins with Lot, who had chosen to live there for the sake of his flocks and herds, not because he was unrighteous. Lot soon discovered however that he had made the wrong choice, but it was an agreement that he could not go back on without either leaving the land of the south, or breaking his territorial contract with Abraham.
"13:9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Lot, his wife, and their two unmarried daughters left the city. But why did Abraham negotiate for ten people? Answer? According to the Scriptures, Lot and his wife had other sons and daughters ("son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city") who refused to leave the city. The Scriptures don't say how many married daughters there were who refused to leave, but there had to be at least two ("daughters," plural). Whatever the total of ten people that Abraham was literally counting on (e.g. his sons and married daughters, their husbands and wives, children etc.), they are the reason that ten righteous people were not found in the city. Amazingly, they are the reason that the filthy city was not spared from hell fire.
The Holy Bible plainly states the reality of that number of Lot's family - that Abraham had negotiated to save:
"19:12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
The LORD keeps His Word; "I will not destroy it for ten's sake." When they refused to be found, they were incinerated with all of the other evil men and women of Sodom. Lot's wife was among those who didn't escape because she too failed to get clear of it.
"19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
The lessons of righteousness versus evil are not complicated. The LORD's mercy isn't complicated either (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what "mercy" means in the Bible). King Solomon, in the time that he wrote Ecclesiastes, made himself a prime example of the spirit of Lot's other children (see Solomon's Ballad To Losers and Solomon's Bubbles).
"5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Fact Finder: What does "mercy" actually mean in the Bible?
This Day In History, June 3
1083: Henry IV of Germany attacked Rome and captured St. Peter's Cathedral (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1098: During the First Crusade, the Crusaders took Antioch after a five-month siege (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1140: The French scholar Peter Abelard was convicted of heresy.
1326: The Treaty of Novgorod defined the borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark (an area of northeastern Norway).
1539: Hernando De Soto claimed what later became known as "Florida" for Spain.
1608: Samuel de Champlain completed his third voyage to "New France" (much of North America east of the Mississippi River).
1621: The Dutch West India Company was granted a charter for New Netherland (the general area that later became known as New England).
1665: James Stuart, Duke of York (later King James II of England) defeated the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.
1769: Captain James Cook, a year into his circumnavigation of the world, observed the transit of the planet "Venus" (the idol name that humans have given to the planet) over the sun (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1778: The first issue of The Montreal Gazette was published.
1818: The last of the Maratha Wars between the British and the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British supremacy in India.
1866: The Fenians (a cult of Irish rebels) were driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario, into the U.S.
1841: Nicolas Appert died at age 91, The French chef and distiller, known as "the father of canning," invented the method of preserving food by enclosing it in hermetically sealed containers.
1885: The last military battle fought in Canadian territory: Cree against the North West Mounted Police (later to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
1934: Dr. Frederick Banting of Toronto, co-discoverer of insulin, was knighted by King George V.
1937: The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated as King Edward VIII of England, married Wallis Simpson in France. He gave up the crown to marry her, the first voluntary abdication in 1,000 years. His brother became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the German Luftwaffe (air force) bombed Paris.
1969: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collided with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans; the destroyer was severed in half.
1979: An oil blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico caused a 3 million barrel oil spill into the water. It was the second-worst accidental oil spill.
1989: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, revolutionary leader of Iran, died at age 89.
1989: China's crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents protesting in Tiananmen Square began.
1991: Mount Unzen erupted in Japan; 43 people were killed 43 people, all either scientists or journalists.