• Moabites and Ammonites

    Genesis 19:37–38

    Children often repeat the sins of their parents, and so the later enmity between Israel and the peoples of Ammon and Moab is not surprising. Just as the sons of Jacob were not to follow the evil customs of these ...Read More

  • Lot and His Daughters

    Genesis 19:30–36

    Chapter 17 of the Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes the Bible’s teaching on perseverance, arguing that those with faith may fall grievously, but they will not fall away finally. Lot fell greviously and yet not totally out of the ...Read More

  • The Power of Prayer

    Genesis 19:27–29

    The bishop of Hippo, Augustine, had a mother who prayed for decades for his salvation, and the Lord doubtless used these prayers to move upon him, leading him to become one of the most influential theologians the world has ever ...Read More

  • Never Look Back

    Genesis 19:23–26

    Some of you reading today’s study may be newborn Christians and especially tempted to engage in the sinful activities that once defined your lives. Others may be susceptible to looking to the culture to determine their attitudes and treasures ...Read More

  • Rescued from Sodom

    Genesis 19:15–22

    There are innumerable ways in which we can become too attached to this sinful world, even if we trust in Christ. One danger is materialism, evident, for example, when we put too much value in goods or when we neglect ...Read More

  • Get Out of This Place

    Genesis 19:12–14

    According to Matthew Henry, today’s passage shows us that those who are saved by grace should proclaim the Gospel to their relatives. Unfortunately, we sometimes impair our witness to non-believing family members by living too much like the surrounding ...Read More

  • Struck with Blindness

    Genesis 19:6–11

    Lot’s foolish and deplorable attempt to sacrifice the welfare of his daughters shows how easy it can be for believers to commit an evil act in the attempt to stop another one. Therefore, as John Calvin comments, we must ...Read More

  • The Men of Sodom

    Genesis 19:4–5

    Some of those reading this study today may struggle with homosexual compulsions or other sexual sins. If this is the case, know that there is freedom in Christ if you repent and mortify these desires by the Spirit. The Lord ...Read More

  • The Angels and Lot

    Genesis 19:1–3

    John Chrysostom, one of the finest preachers from the early church, says of Lot: “How could you help being amazed at his exceeding humility and the fervor with which he displayed his hospitality?” (Homilies on Genesis 4.3.10). Our ...Read More

  • Lot’s Kidnapping

    Genesis 14:8–12

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, writing, “The more closely we are connected with the wicked and the ungodly, when God pours down his vengeance on them, the more quickly does the scourge come upon us.” We must be ...Read More

  • Kingly Conflict

    Genesis 14:1–7

    As we will soon see, the mighty kings of Ellasar, Goiim, Shinar, and Elam were no match for Abram, a faithful covenant keeper. Though the kingdoms of this world may rage against the Lord, in the end they will be ...Read More

  • Abram Moved His Tent

    Genesis 13:14–18

    While we who live under the new covenant know even more of the rich country awaiting us when Jesus returns (Rev. 21), even Abram understood that to trust God is better than hoarding treasures for ourselves right now. If we ...Read More

  • Abram Settled

    Genesis 13:8–13

    Ambrose of Milan comments, “Let us not then choose that which is more pleasing at first sight but that which is truly better” (On Abraham 2.6.35). A seemingly good choice made in haste can lead to spiritual disaster ...Read More

  • There Was Strife

    Genesis 13:5–7

    If we are not careful, we can allow the good gifts of the Creator to bring difficulties to our lives. Parents who favor one child over another can provoke envy between siblings and enmity between parent and child. Likewise, when ...Read More

  • Abram Rescues Lot

    Genesis 14:13–16

    The church will vanquish the kingdom of Satan (Matt. 16:18), but this does not mean we will be free from setbacks along the way (Acts 8:1–3; 12:1–5). Still, we know we will be liberated from ...Read More