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Commiserating with Lot

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the story of a man–but it is much more. It is a story of mankind.

The man is Abraham’s nephew, Lot, who chose to take the greener pasture when his uncle gave him the choice. That greener pasture was, of course, the land of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was much more appealing in lushness and the entertainment and other attractions it apparently offered.

The story of Lot, of Sodom and Gomorrah, is also a dramatic picture of all of mankind in its fallen state. The story foreshadows how the human race always chooses the ways of the world that take people farther and farther from their Creator.

Lot, despite being among the lost, debauched thousands of Sodom, was nonetheless considered righteous in the eyes of that Creator -the God of Heaven. There is one thing more we know about this nephew of the great progenitor of the people that would become Israel. Lot was sorely vexed. The story of the sorely vexed Lot can be found in the 19th chapter of the Book of Moses–Genesis.

There, we remember, God sent two angels, first to Uncle Abraham, then to Lot in the debauched city of Sodom.

Here is what the Apostle Peter wrote in regard to our vexed protagonist, Lot. The context is God dealing with egregiously rebellious mankind in righteous judgment.

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. (2 Peter 2:1-10)

Now, Peter points out–under divine inspiration and without any doubt–that ol’ Lot was indeed vexed. The definition of vexed in one instance is the state of being extremely irritated or frustrated to the point of a sense of being oppressed.

I use the word sorely, because it has always been a KJV term that amuses me. Some in biblical stories, for example, have been described as “sore afraid.”

I have no doubt that Lot, living among these ravenously homosexual men who threatened the angels who came into Sodom, was not only vexed, but sorely vexed.

Now, I want to say here that while watching things going on all around us in today’s society and culture I am sorely vexed.  It seems that fully half of the American people are immersed in activity that can be construed as anti-God. Government, media–both news and entertainment–seem bent on tearing down most every moral pillar to which our national life used to be tethered. And, we who oppose that tearing down are called the irrational, ignorant morons that are holding up progress.

We who think boys, not girls, should be Boy Scouts, who believe males should not be allowed in restrooms that are designated for females, who hold that God knows best when saying that marriage should be between a man and a woman, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman, are hated and vilified. Those doing the vilification and hating see themselves as the supreme moralists. And, their side has the public airwaves for the most part. They have Satan’s propaganda machinery that, without ceasing, preaches their Sodom and Gomorrah-like comportment as being the way life is meant to be lived.

This being the case, all of my vexation instantly turns to a shudder of realization when thinking on the future for those in such rebellion. The words issued by Peter above are yet–perhaps very soon–to once again come to fulfillment.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.


  1. Nancy2018 says:

    I too am sorely vexed. It is hard…very hard to watch what is happening in this country on a daily basis.

  2. Ole Birkland says:

    I agree 100% with you, Nancy, there is so much evil. And like Terry states, it is they who dominate the public airwaves and national discourse.

  3. Cindy says:

    Vexed. Very vexed indeed! And I am so thankful and grateful to the Lord that He has a ruminant of followers and believers (such as Nancy & Ole) that are aware of what is happening all around us. David Wilkerson wrote a book called “The Vision” in 1975…the first time reading it I remember getting very upset and saying to myself, “this can’t happen, it can’t”. Well much of what he had to say has happened or is on the rise to happen. Evil Evil Evil. And the “world” looks at all of this as the norm. Now that is scary!

  4. mary-ann weiby says:

    i agree, its not easy to be in this world anymore when all right is wrong & wrong is right…the devil is truly at large, lets pray for Jesus to come soonest, we need HIS reign

  5. Katherine Avila says:

    Abraham must have been deeply concerned about the spiritual weakness of his kinsman. But how can we point fingers when as a Christian nation we have allowed the holy instruments of worship of our Lord (marriage, the ruination of our children’s education, freedom of speech … for starters) to be stolen from us? How deep into the darkness of a Godless night will we creep along before we get truly serious in our petition before the Lord?

  6. Ed Wood says:

    Vexed – now that is one great word to describe what I felt as I heard New York City’s prominent CBS News Radio 880 give a lot of coverage to the “Pride” (as in “pride” for homosexual behavior) event there a few days ago. Similarly, a local Connecticut baseball team had a “Pride Day” around the same time, this covered by local TV stations.

    In another news story which made national news, also concurrently, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president’s press secretary, was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia because its owner felt that Sarah represented standards in which she did not believe. Sarah complied without a fuss. Now then can you imagine a high-placed person from the former very liberal administration being on the receiving end of such treatment? I can just imagine the headlines, mass protests, lawyers ready to sue . . . you name it.

    Yes, there certainly is enough to get vexed about lately, that’s for sure. I have to admit that even though I realize these are exactly the conditions that would exist in End-Times civilization, it’s still tough to watch.

    Nevertheless, we are in a better place than Lot, because it appears that until the angels showed up at his door, he had no idea he’d ever be rescued from his corrupt and perverted society. Unlike Lot, we have the great comfort in knowing that redemption is coming.

    By all the signs, it is coming very, very, soon!

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  8. Sandra A. Zollman says:

    We are in the birth pangs part of prophesy and the pain is coming faster and closer together. We are seeing volcanos, disease, flooding, drought, earthquake and hurricanes IN THE SAME MONTH and all of these except earthquake(Haiti) are happening in our country with the same happening in other countries. We are NOT in the tribulation. We are getting closer every day and I am looking up. Come Lord Jesus.

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