B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 19

B'resheet 19:1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.

These are two of the men who left the L-rd earlier.

The Nineteenth letter that corresponds to this chapter is Koph-holiness; cycles of growth; summary and judgment at the end of the cycle of life.

Lot was sitting in the gate - This was a position of importance. Business was conducted at the gate of the city. So Lot appears to have an important position in Sodom.

B'resheet 19:2-3 And he said, "Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant's house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way." They said however, "No, but we shall spend the night in the square." Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

Lot encourages the visitors to spend the night at his home. He knew that the streets of Sodom where not safe.

B'resheet 19:4-7 Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them." But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said, "Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.

The Bible states:

Jude 1:7-10 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The L-rd rebuke you." But these men revile the things, which they do not understand; and the things, which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.

B'resheet 19:8 Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof."

It was the custom of that day that the host, in this case Lot, was responsible for the safety and well being of his guests even if he had to risk his life in the process.

Lot was willing to sacrifice his two daughters for the sake of his guests. He was willing to give up his daughters for the sake of these sinners. I think he was aware that they would be destroyed by their sin. This certainly reminds is of the Father who sacrificed his own while we were yet sinners.

B'resheet 19:9-11 But they said, "Stand aside." Furthermore, they said, "This one came in as an foreigner, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them." So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door. But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.

Acting like a judge - This is another indication that Lot sat at the gate of the city as a judge. Instead of repenting these men had no fear of G-d and their conscious had become seared.

They wearied themselves trying to find the doorway - even though they were struck blind these men still where trying to go after Lot's visitors.

Exodus 4:11-12 And the L-RD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the L-RD?

This also reminds me of His judgment on mankind in the future.

Zephaniah 1:14-18 Near is the great day of the L-RD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the L-RD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly. A day of wrath is that day, A day of trouble and distress, A day of destruction and desolation, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of trumpet and battle cry, Against the fortified cities And the high corner towers. And I will bring distress on men, So that they will walk LIKE THE BLIND, Because they have sinned against the L-RD; And their blood will be poured out like dust, And their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the Lord's wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth

B'resheet 19:12-13 Then the men said to Lot, "Whom else have you here? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place; for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the L-RD that the L-RD has sent us to destroy it."

What about today? Who do you have in this place? When Yeshua comes for the believers, it will be before His wrath comes upon the earth, not after.

Come L-rd Yeshua!