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Divine Evacuation

Poor Lot!  He’s taken in a couple of strangers (actually angels in human disguise) who showed up in town needing a place to stay overnight.  And now at his door is a howling mob intent on gang-raping those angels. When Lot refuses to allow this, they accuse him of being intolerant and judgmental:  “…he dares to judge us!” (Does this sound familiar now?) God was about to destroy Sodom for their wickedness, but first He had to get Lot out of there.  So the angels grabbed Lot, his wife, and their two daughters by the hand and dragged them out of town before calamity hit.   (Genesis 19.)

And Noah—another divine evacuation.  “Yahweh observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So Yahweh was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.” (Gen. 6:5-6) So He decided to wipe clean the earth and start from scratch.  But first He had to get Noah and his family to safety.  Once they were in the ark, God shut the door before calamity hit.

This earth is ripe for another catastrophe as human wickedness reaches the point of no return.  When will it happen?  Based on these two examples from Genesis, we can speculate about what might happen, and what will become of the godly minority.  Peter does have some appropriate words about this:

I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he … destroy[ed] the ancient world with a mighty flood. 

And by the same word, the present heavens and earth …are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.…The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief…On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.  (2 Peter 3:3-14 NLT)

Angels Visiting

An angelic visit could be a terrifying experience (as people like Mary, the shepherds, and the women coming to Jesus’ empty tomb can testify)—unless they came incognito. Two such visits occur in Genesis 18 and 19.

Three “strangers” visited Abraham (Genesis 18) to bring the long-awaited news that he would finally have the son God had promised him 24 years before.  This was a visit of blessing to a man who was known later as a “friend of God.”  No, he wasn’t perfect, but his heart was God-ward.

Two of those strangers proceeded on to visit Lot (Genesis 19) to bring a message of doom.  Everything would be taken away from him who had gravitated to the city of Sodom with its wealth, avant-garde lifestyle, and easy living (Genesis 13:5-13).  He was in the wrong place at the wrong time when God decided He’d had enough.  And though his family was forcibly ushered out of town by their angel escorts, the attraction and worldview of that place had made such an imprint on his wife and daughters that he “lost” them, too.  His wife turned back and was frozen forever in that pose, and his daughters, well….

Interestingly, Lot himself is given credit for being a “righteous man” who was distressed by the life of his townspeople (2 Peter 2:7-8).  When he protested their assault on his guests, notice their verbal attack:  They accused him of being judgmental, intolerant!  Hmmm—sound familiar? 

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