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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis 19

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read through from Genesis 18:16 through the end of chapter 18 to refresh the context for chapter 19.
  • How does Lot respond to the two angel visitors in verses 1-3?
  • How do the men of the city respond to Lot's guests? Do these verses clarify how many men are attempting to break down Lot's door? How does this relate to chapter 18:16 and following?
  • Why would Lots offer up his daughters? What type of relationship does this indicate that the men of the city wanted to have with the angels?
  • How many people are the angels going to save from the city? Why is there hesitation with Lot to leave the city and then again to go to the location for safety
  • What is the significance of verse 26? Why is Lot scared to stay in Zoar?
  • What types of changes if any are there in the behavior of the daughters in the final scenes? Why would Lot's daughters' behave this way with him? What influence would they have that would indicate the approval of this behavior?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • In reading through this passage what is your view on Lot and his family?
  • Why would God save Lot and his family from destruction? What does this indicate about God and his character? Does that have any application to our lives today and how we relate to God?
  • What drove Lot to the decision to move to Sodom? Why would he stay there with the wickedness on display?
  • Think about the status of Lot's wealth and prosperity when leaving Abram. What remains of Lot's family and possessions after the judgment of God on Sodom? Does this relate to 1 Cor 3:14-16?
  • Does this verse teach more on the judgment of the sin of Sodom or God's grace in saving Lot? How do you use these verses usually in the context of our modern culture?
  • Reflect on God's faithfulness in promises of blessing and judgment. What do we tend to dwell on more in our own lives? How can we use the truths found in Scripture regarding God's faithfulness in judgment?