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January 10 - Morning

"Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, 
he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot
out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities
where Lot had lived."

- Genesis 19:27-29

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God Destroys Sodom but Remembers Abraham    

From his location outside the city of Hebron, Abram could look down over the Dead Sea and south toward Sodom and Gomorrah. The day before Abram had stood here looking over this same city and its land with the three heavenly visitors (the Lord and two angels, Genesis 18:16-33). The site of the explosive destruction still smoldered into the following morning.

God had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but not without first rescuing Lot because the text says, God "remembered Abraham." The word "remember" is the Hebrew word zakar which is used in regard to a covenant. God "remembers" to be loyal and faithful to his covenant. God had "remembered" Noah during the Flood because he had given Noah a promise (Genesis 8:1) and "God remembered Rachel" in Genesis 30:22. This same word will be used in Exodus when God comes to the rescue of his people in Egypt. To "remember" means God is acting to fulfill the promise or covenant he had made:

"God heard their groaning and he remembered (zakar) his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob." - Exodus 2:24 (and, Exodus 6:5; 32:13; Lev. 26:42-45; Psalm 105:42; 106:45)

God remembered his covenant with Abraham when God rescued Lot from the city before he destroyed it. God honored his covenant with Abraham by delivering Lot, and then the Lord sent "the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived."

The point here is that Abraham had saved Lot just like a remnant of righteous people could have spared Sodom. Since that remnant did not exist there was no hope for that city. But, because of God's covenant with Abraham, there was hope for Lot. And, since there was hope for Lot there would be hope for the two nations that would come from him: Moab and Ammon.

It is interesting to mention that Jeremiah ends both of his prophecies about Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of Moab and Ammon (spoken by Jeremiah in 603 BC and fulfilled in 582 BC) with words of a promised restoration. Could it be that the same covenant Abraham had with God that spared Lot from Sodom will, in the future, restore Moab and Ammon?

" 'Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,' declares the Lord" - Jeremiah 48:47

" 'Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,' declares the Lord." - Jeremiah 49:6

  Christian Quote from Church History

"When the faithful minister is properly exegeting the
Word of God, it is God Himself who is
speaking to His people! "

- Don Kistler


Something to Ponder??

With the rise of Constantine in 313 AD, Christianity became, not only accepted and legal, but also popular and profitable. Faithful and true believers found themselves a drift in a “Christianized” culture that was still very pagan. People began to flee to the wilderness to live as hermits practicing self-denial. These extreme feats of self-denial made some hermits famous and, among other disastrous practices, spiritual competition between hermits set in. Monasteries began to form as hermits started to live together in communities. In 529 Benedict of Nursia set up guidelines to establish a balanced life in a self-contained, self-supporting monastery that would set
the standard for European
monks and monasteries.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Laqat (Hb) - Glean (Eng) - laqat is the Hebrew word that means “to glean” and “to collect.”
This word occurs 37x, but 10x in the book of Ruth. In Israel the Law of Moses used the practice of laqat as a form of ancient welfare program. When the owner had harvested his field, the poor would be allowed to go through the field and pick up what was left. This was called laqat, or “gleaning" and the word is used in these verses: Lev. 19:9-10 ; Lev. 23:22. (The word laqat is not used, but the practice of leaving something in the fields for the poor is taught here: Exodus 23:10-11; Deuteronomy 24:19-22)  

Evidence of Jesus’ miracles is noted in non-Christian writings from the first century such as Josephus (Jewish historian), the Talmud and other writings.

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Am I a spiritual blessing to other people? to my church? to my nation?
I will seek to intercede for others and make my presence in their life a blessing.
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son grief to his mother."
- Proverbs 10:1
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