Genesis 19-20

So much scandal and sexual sin packed into two chapters! When referenced these days, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonyms for despicable sin. If you didn’t read today’s chapters, I’d recommend doing so before diving into this post.

It might seem insane to us that Lot and his wife hesitate on taking up the angels on their escape plan. A group of aggressive perverts are breaking down their door, trying to rape their guests and they need to be physically dragged away from the situation. Isn’t that insane? Yet really relatable? This morning I’m thinking back on toxic situations I’ve been in, where I resisted the escape plans, but God showed me mercy by ushering me away from them. 
Something else that I noticed this morning was the irony of Lot’s daughters. His virgin daughters get him drunk and rape him (two nights in a row, by the way) out of their desperate desire to get what they thought they must have. Earlier in the narrative, Lot had offered up his daughter’s virginity in a horrific scene. Notice that? They sin in the same way they were sinned against. This story, however extreme, is prompting me to think about the ways I’ve been sinned against and how I might be replicating it towards other people.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 

Paul reminds us in this verse from the New Testament that we become a new creation through Christ. A beautiful result of the gospel. 

Do you count yourself as a new creation? Or do you feel more like a product of your environment, looking over your shoulder at what you’re leaving behind? 
Our thoughts, conversations and dwellings of our past matter. They can propel us forward, remind us of what God has done, highlight his grace and mercy, or they can dissolve us.
-Carly

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