HE CAME TO WARN
But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. Genesis 19:15
One of the most dramatic theophanies is when the Angel of the Lord appears to Lot. Even in the Old Testament Jesus came to save.
Sampson didn't have the corner on making bad choices. Many people came before him in biblical history that could share that spot. Even before Lot went to Sodom, he was causing trouble in Abraham's camp. Lot's shepherds fought with Abraham's shepherds, which led Lot to make the brilliant decision to take his family to a little, unknown area called Sodom and Gomorrah.
God will never abandon His children and Lot is no exception. After every trail of poor choices is the opportunity for redemption. So God prophesied, to Abraham, the complete destruction of the sister cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It became clear, after a time of haggling, that this place was not worth saving. God decided that it made more sense to rescue the holy remnant, Lot's household, than to spare these cities.
In this theophany, angels, including Jesus, we believe, went to Lot's house. My Mom and I have encountered some scary situations on the road, but nothing holds a candle to this. A group of men, intent upon raping these holy beings, demanded that Lot give the visitors to them. Lot offered his virgin daughters instead to no avail. (This one action puts Lot up there with Sampson, in my book.) The angels blinded the mob and sent them into confusion. You would think that this would be enough to make Lot's family flee but not even the prediction of destruction moved them. The angels physically pushed Lot, his wife, and his two daughters out of the city.
Our almighty God was faithful to Abraham and merciful to his nephew, Lot. He offers the same rescue to us if we will only receive it.
Heavenly Father, Rescue me and deliver my whole family from potential destruction. Help me to move the first time that you ask. In Jesus Name, Amen