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Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #37)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: Luke 17:26-33

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #37)

So far, from this passage, we have looked at the example of Noah — a wise man who lived in perilous times, as well as the example of Lot — a worldly man who lived in perilous times. The days of Noah and Lot are much like our own. Even as negative events, disasters, wars, crime, and sinfulness are on the rise, most people are just going about their day-to-day activity with no thought of God’s judgment and no thought of the impact of sin on society.

We saw in Noah’s example a man who feared God, obeyed God, led his family to obey God, and faithfully preached righteousness in his generation. However, we saw in Lot, a man who loved wealth and power far too much. Even though he was a saved man, he compromised his beliefs, did not lead his family to obey God, lost any Godly reputation that he may have had, and did not speak against the sins of his day. In our day, we are challenged to follow Noah’s example, not only as examples of righteousness, but as preachers of righteousness as well.

Today, we turn our attention to the third person Jesus highlights in this passage: “Remember Lot’s wife.” What did Jesus mean by that expression? What does this woman who lived thousands of years ago have to do with people who are likely witnessing the last days? Why did Jesus relate what happened to this woman to the disciples and to our day? Continue reading


Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #36)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress



Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Luke 17:26-33

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

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Run, and Don’t Look Back!

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #93

TEXT: Genesis 19:1-26

Last week, from Genesis 18, we saw that the Lord had sent his angels to Sodom and Gomorrah to bring judgment down on those cities because of their sin. We also saw how Abraham interceded with God for the city of Sodom. God agreed that if he could find just ten righteous people in the city, He would not destroy it.

But, unfortunately, as we see from Genesis 19, there were not even ten righteous people in the entire city. So, God had to bring judgment down on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, the angels made sure that they got Lot and his family out of the city before judgment came. In verse 17, they tell Lot, “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” In other words, they said, “Run, and don’t look back!”

Perhaps you have heard the story of the atheist criminal who was on his way to be executed for his crime. Following behind him was a minister who was reading from the Scriptures about the wrath of God and the terrible judgment that awaited those who did not receive Jesus Christ. And, this criminal, who did not believe in God, turned around and said with fear on his face and a tremble in his voice, “Sir, if I believed in hell like you Christians say you do, I would crawl all over London, England, warning every person of that place.”

Today, we will see from Genesis 19 that the wrath and judgment of God is a very serious thing. And we should take heed to the command to run from it. Let’s begin by looking at why Lot had to run and not look back.

1. Lot had to run away from sinful people and sinful situations.

2. Lot had to run from certain judgment.

3. Lot had to run to a place of safety.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “I Surrender All” and the Sensational Nightingales singing “My Life is in God’s Hand”

The Righteousness, Grace, and Love of God in the Face of Certain Judgment

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #92

TEXT: Genesis 18:16-33

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to negotiate with God? In the ancient middle east, when a man went to a merchant to buy something that he wanted, such as a horse, or some tools, he did not go to the merchant expecting a price tag on the item he wanted to buy. Instead, he would ask the merchant for his price, which normally would be very high, and then, the buyer would say he was only willing to pay a price that was very low. At that point, the merchant would lower his price little by little, and the buyer would raise his price little by little until they finally agreed on a price fixed somewhere in the middle. This process called “negotiation” or “bargaining” or “haggling” still happens today. God has blessed me in my young life to give four cars away. However, one time I tried to sell a car and I asked for my high price, and he told me that he did not want to hurt my feelings. So I knew that I was not a good negotiator.

Our passage today tells us about a man named Abraham who carried on a similar process with God. However, Abraham was negotiating with God for something far more valuable than any material product. He was negotiating with God for human souls if you will.

The Bible tells us that Abraham was sitting in front of his tent on a hot day when three “men” came to him. We know from Scripture that two of these “men” were actually angels. However the Bible tells us that the third man was “the Lord.” Many Bible scholars believe that “the Lord” who appeared to Abraham was actually a Christophany, which is a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus Christ. This simply means that Jesus Christ appeared to Abraham in physical form way back in the Old Testament before he entered the world as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem.

As was customary in the Middle East during that time, Abraham fed his guests and allowed them to rest at his tent before they went on their way. It is very likely that Abraham knew who the Lord was because He had appeared to him twice before. After eating and resting, the the Lord and the angels prepare to continue on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah. What happens next shows us three very important attributes of God.

+ Plus listen to Andrae Crouch singing “The Lord is My Light” and MercyMe singing “Love of God”

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