Sodom and Gomorrah are two very famous cities in the Bible. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, once decided to settle in Sodom. Genesis 13:10 says that the area was “watered like the garden of the Lord.” Obviously, this was a very rich and fertile land. The people who lived there were probably rich and their standard of living was higher than that of people from other areas. They did not lack either food or water, since their land was fertile and well irrigated with water. That is what attracted Lot to that land, and that is why he decided to live in it. As Genesis 13:10 says, “Lot lifted up his eyes and looked,” and based on what he saw, he made his choice. However, what we see as beautiful, “lifting up our eyes”, the Lord can see in a completely different way (1 Samuel 16:7). And what Lot saw was significantly different from what the Lord saw, looking into the hearts of the people who lived in that land. In Genesis 13:13 we read:
“The inhabitants of Sodom were evil and very sinful before the Lord.”
While Lot saw an incredibly fertile land, the Lord saw extremely wicked hearts. As He says in:
“The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and their sin is very heavy.”
And, in the end, saving the life of Lot, the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Leaving Sodom, Lot received advice from the Lord that was the exact opposite of what Lot had done in the beginning:
“When they brought them out, one of them (the angel of the Lord – author’s note) said: save your soul; do not look back…”
In choosing Sodom as a place to live, Lot made his decision after he “lifted up his eyes and saw.” And now he had to flee and not “look back.” As soon as Lot left, the Lord destroyed the area.
But what was the sin of Sodom? Ezekiel 16:49-50 says what the Lord saw:
“This is what was the iniquity of Sodom, your sister and her daughters: pride, satiety and idleness, and she did not support the poor and the needy. And they became proud and did abominations before Me, and when I saw this, I rejected them.” Russian Bible translation.
I was astounded to see that “satiation and idleness” were ranked with pride on the list of “the iniquities of Sodom.” And although pride is usually condemned, at least outwardly, the other two vices – satiety (food) and idleness (when people live without doing anything) – the attitude is completely different. On the contrary, often even Christians consider them their goal. Of course, we do not mean that we need to be exhausted and hungry. However, despite what the world tells us, we SHOULD NOT strive for satiety and idleness. We must pursue the Lord, His Word and His purposes. The meaning and purpose of our life should not be idleness and wealth, but the fulfillment of God’s will. We must strive to know ourselves and help others to know the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. And just as Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped off the face of the earth, so this world will someday come to an end. And just as the Lord brought Lot out of that place before destroying it, so He will take us out of this world before doing to it what he did to Sodom and Gomorrah.
So let’s be ready and vigilant. The Lord is coming. And “just as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all; So it will be in the day when the Son of Man appears… Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever begins to save his soul will destroy it; but whoever destroys it will revive it” (Luke 17:28-33).