ABRAHAM AND LOT
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Answer the following questions (based on the reading), save it and then submit it to the professor.
1. How does Genesis 18 contrast with Genesis 19 regarding God’s character and activities?(p.195) The eighteen chapter of Genesis contracts with the nineteenth, the former depicting Abraham’s tender, sensitive fellowship with his guests; the latter, God’s awesome judgement and violet destruction of wicked Sodom.
2. Describe the typical hospitality displayed in Genesis 18 during this time.(p.195) Warmly welcome was beyond question; mor than once we had been the benefactors of the warm hospitality of the Ta’amri Bedouin who roam these hills. After the usual introductions and greetings we were inivited into the large section of the tent where other men were seated on a large, ornate rug. Joined them and enjoyed hot tea prepared in typical Bedouin fashion.The whole scene was remininscent of Abraham’s intimate fellowship with his three visitors as recorded in Genesis 18.
3. Describe the kind of laughter of Sarah.(p.197)
Her laugh was clearly derisive, suggesting that either had not told her of the promise or failed to convince her that it could be kept.
4. How does the Lord evaluate Abraham? (p.198)
The Lord’s confidence in Abraham is further delineated in verse 19. What a tribute it is to be evaluated by the Lord Himself as faithful, obedient, and consistent.
5. When is intercessory prayer effective? (p.199)
When one realizes how awesome the judgment of God is. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to pray effectively for lost souls if one is not convinced that lostness will ultimately result in literal, enternal punishment.
6. What was the sin of Sodom that caused God’s judgment? (p.198-201) The Lord Himself drew Abraham near (Genesis 18:17, 22) to reveal His intention to destroy Sodom, because of the unbridled wickedness, non-rightousness, soul-less kings, and intercession activities. Abraham pleaded with the Lord: “Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Genesis 18:25). As Abraham pleaded concerning the number of righteous that would be necessary to spare the city, it becomes apparent that there are not enough and Sodom would be destroyed by the direct judgment of God. However, before doing so, God sent angels into the city to rescue Lot and his family (Genesis 19). Lot’s wife could have escaped, but her longing for Sodom caused her to disobey and look back; and she turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).
7. How did God destroy Sodom?(p.203)
With brimstone and fire. A massive earthquake resulted in enormous explosions: “A great earthquake, perhaps accompanied by lightning, brought utter ruin and a terrible conflagration to Sodom and the other communities in the vicinity. The destructive fire may have been caused by ignition of gases and of seepages of asphalt emanating from the region, through lightning or the scattering of fires from hearths.
8. Where has Sodom been located? (p.203)
The lowest course of the Seil...