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Out of The Darkness

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Do you ever feel like you are groping around in the darkness unable to find your way out?

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God our Father in Heaven, thank you for the blessing of today. Thank you for your love for us. Thank you for your Holy Word, thank you for this church and our brothers and sisters who have been adopted through your blood in your name.
Oh LORD God help us as we look into your text today. Reveal to us your Son Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. God expose to us our own hearts this morning and give us your Holy Spirit that we might seek to forsake all else beside you. You are worthy, oh God!
God we ask that your word would be delivered clearly and its application to our lives would be made known to us. Help us to then apply the truths we are challenged with today to live our lives for you both for today and for all time, for your glory!
Oh LORD as we seek to encounter you this morning we ask that you would meet us at the mercy seat, right now oh LORD, that you would forgive us of our sins against you as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Bring us into your presence that we might hear from you today. Amen.

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19 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. 11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.
12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. 13 For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

INTRO

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TITLE & TEXT

Out Of The Darkness
Genesis 19.1-14

THEME

There are only two kinds of people in this world.
ISRAEL
Desert Wanderings
Judges
Separation (Israel / Judah)
Exile
US
Seen Today

TEXT EXPOSITION

HOMOSEXUALITY vs HOSPITALITY
PEOPLE TYPES x2 / END TIMES FORESHADOWING
House / Door / Shut / Out
19 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening,
Safe travels / Safe city
and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.
Position at gate
Genesis 13:12 (ESV) 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
Psalm 1:1 (ESV) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.”
Good manners - Abraham = Heb 13.2
Not as Good - Abraham
They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.”
Response to Abraham / Lot
But he pressed them strongly;
Same as the Men of Sodom...
so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
Hebrew - feast of Abraham / Lot
But before they lay down,
Full belly / Shut eye
the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.
Judges 19
Genesis 13:13 (ESV) 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
Genesis 6:5 (ESV) The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”
Jude 7 (ESV) just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Ezekiel 16:49–50 (ESV) 49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.
Sexual Sin / Selfishness
6-11 Lot fails to rescue guests…
Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him,
Boundary between the saved and condemned
John 10:9 (ESV) I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
Leviticus 26:6 (ESV) I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land.
and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.
nice kind address / one of them
Genesis 13:8 (ESV) Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men,
Ex 22.21 & Deut 10.19 - [love the sojourner for you were one in Egypt]
hospitality over own children
moral shipwreck
Leviticus 19:29 (ESV) 29 “Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.
But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
Verbal abuse
Physical abuse
Genesis 18:25 (ESV) 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”
Matthew 11:12 (ESV) 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.
10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.
Lot the rescuer… No
Lot was rescued!
11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house,
Spiritual Blindness
Isaiah 6:10 (ESV) 10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.
Psalm 146:8 (ESV) 8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
John 8:12 (ESV) 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here?
Who are you connected to?
Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place.
Romans 10:14–17 (ESV) 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
13 For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.”
Repent
Ezekiel 14:6 (ESV) “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
Matthew 4:17 (ESV) 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
Their response
Deuteronomy 18:19 (ESV) 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

GOAL

Respond to the warning correctly!
2 Peter 2:4–10 (ESV) For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,
Luke 17:28–33 (ESV) 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.

CLOSE

LORD God our Father help us to respond to Your Word today, to flee from the sins that so easily entangle us. To seek Your light in our lives, for You have warned us and called us out of the darkness and into Your wonderful light!
1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
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