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Lesson Eight: Lot’s Life
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor

I have been to Cedar Point, Six Flags, Disney World, and a host of carnivals, but I am not a “ride’s” person. However, I do like people-watching. It is reported that there are over 400 amusement parks and attractions in the United States with about 375 million guest annually. It is a billion-dollar industry.

Rides can give the sense that you are living on the edge of life and death. Fear turns to thrill as you raise your arms in the middle of the ride as a sign of courage. We have all seen the news footage or heard the reports of fatal or near-fatal accidents. I do not want to be hanging upside down one thousand feet in the air for 40 minutes while a high school student tries to fix the problem.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions tries to comfort us by reporting that the chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site ride at an amusement park is 1 in 17 million. They go on to document that the number of deaths on America’s roadways in 2014 was 32,675 and that the chance of being struck by lightning in the U.S. is 1 in 775,000. Hence, amusement parks must be safer than driving or dancing in the rain.

Do you like amusement parks? If so, what is your favorite ride?

In the Old Testament, they did not have amusement parks. However, Lot went on the most dangerous ride. He experienced the deadly “slippery slope.”

Psalm 1:1 gives the progression of one who is headed down the slippery slope, “Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
                        nor sits in the seat of scoffers.”

Notice the verbs. What is the progression?

How does this happen today?

Lot’s life is recorded in Genesis chapters 13, 14, and 19. Each chapter shows a different aspect of the progression of Psalm 1:1.

1. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked.”

Abraham has always been viewed as a man of God. Lot left home to go with his uncle. He saw something special in Abraham and wanted to be with him. He did not know what it would entail or where they would go, but he felt it was his best choice. However, after awhile, things are not as smooth as one would hope.

Genesis 13:8-13 records some discord and the proposed solution, “Then Abram said to Lot, ‘Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.’ And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.”

What do you think caused the strife?

How can this happen today?

2. “Blessed is the man…nor stands in the way of sinners.”

In the Genesis chapter 13 passage, we read that “the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.” When Lot moved away from Abraham, he chose to move toward Sodom. It gets worse.

In Genesis 14:11-12, we find that not only did Lot move near Sodom, but it was also not long before he lived in Sodom. The passage says, “So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.”

Why would Lot want to live in Sodom?

First Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’”

How does this passage relate to Lot?

How does the passage relate to today?

Is there someone in your life that you are allowing to pull you down?

“Taking it easy is often the prelude to backsliding. Comfort precedes collapse.” Vance Havner

3. “Blessed is the man…nor sits in the seat of scoffers.”

If you study the life of Boaz in the Book of Ruth or the life of Mordecai in the Book of Esther, you will find that major transactions took place at the gates of the city. This is where the city officials or judges would position themselves. Genesis 19:1 shows us how engrained Lot had become in the wicked city of Sodom, “The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth.”

Why would Lot be at the city gates of Sodom?

How does this apply to today?

“Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God.” David Jeremiah

The Book of Proverbs warns to avoid the street of the evil woman. Unfortunately, too many men have driven by her street, stopped to say Hi, and eventually took a step past the bed of roses to pushing up daisies. Sex outside of marriage steers a relationship down a dead end. It reminds me of the college student who wants to be accepted. They first walk by the party, eventually stop to see what is happening, and then do things they never thought they would as part of being “sworn in” to a new group of “friends.”

We regularly hear of embezzlement. I am sure it started small “out of necessity,” and then progressed or digressed to extremes. First Timothy 6:10 warns about the love of money, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

How can the love of money lead to evil?

Demas is only mentioned three times in Scripture. Colossians 4:14 says, “Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.” Philemon 1:24 adds, “And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.” Both of these passages show that he was serving with Paul and known by other believers. Unfortunately, he makes a bad life decision. Second Timothy 4:10 says, “For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.”

What does it mean that he was “in love with this present world?”

How does this happen today?

“The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still.” Charles Spurgeon

Remember, we are all only one bad choice from the deadly ride down the slippery slope.


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