Genesis 19:14-16

So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. Genesis 19:14-16.

Although it is most common to dwell on all the sexual depravity in this chapter, I like to find the unpreached gems hiding between obvious lessons. And Lot’s tepid leadership may be our most important takeaway.

Consider this: last we heard of Lot, his herdsmen were clashing with Abraham’s staff, and they decided to go their separate ways. So, how did a man with a major ranching operation end up living in an urban environment? It may be that man with a wife and two marriageable daughter’s was pressured by them to move into town.

Second: he had future sons-in-law whom he warned, but they did not take him seriously. They thought he was joking. Yes, this may say more about them than him, but after he had warned them, he became more passive. How do I know that?

Third: he lingered. He did not think it was urgent to get moving. Between the unresponsive young men, and the women who later prove to be less zealous for the Lord, Lot seems to be paralyzed. The angels had been emphatic, however, and grabbed Lot, his wife, and daughters, and dragged them outside the city. Unfortunately, even though they escape destruction for a moment, things do not end well for this family of lukewarm believers.

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