Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lot's Yes And Amen Moment

Some verses from one of the Hanukkah messages last night...

"For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory." - 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 ESV

"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. And as they brought them out, one said, 'Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.' And Lot said to them, 'Oh, no, my lords. Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die. Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there--is it not a little one?--and my life will be saved!' He said to him, 'Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.' Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar... But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt." - Genesis 19:15-23, 26 ESV

Lot found his Yes and Amen moment while leaving Sodom. Even in his vexed and stubborn state he recognized God's love, mercy and grace and didn't look back. His wife lived a natural life of weighing Yes and No and had to look back.

"...if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked" - 2 Peter 2:6-7 ESV

Lot caused trouble before and after that moment but the NT scripture calls him righteous Lot. That moment alone is how God remembers and knows him. How valuable are the Yes and Amen moments when Christ is revealed?

They have eternal value.


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