Bible Reading Day 4

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Today’s reading are Genesis 16-20, Psalm 4, and Matthew 7-8.

In the midst of Abraham being told he will have a child by Sarah, we have a side story or sub plot about what has been happening to Lot. If this was a sitcom the narrator would say, “When we last left Lot he and Abraham had separated…”

Here we find his fate.

After the three angels visit Abraham, two leave to go down to the city of Sodom, where Lot lived. Abraham and the Lord have a chat of whether or not Sodom should be destroyed. Abraham implores the Lord that shouldn’t the city be saved if righteous people live there? The Lord agrees that is true and Abraham dwindles the amount of righteous needed to save the city from fifty to ten.

The scene fades and opens on Lot at the city gate. The two angels arrive at the city and Lot greets them, welcoming them and inviting them to lodge in his home for the night. After some persuasion on Lot’s part, the angels agree. Soon we have the nasty encounter with the degenerate townsmen who almost bang down Lot’s door to have their way with the visiting angels. After very inappropriate offering on Lot’s part of his daughters’ bodies to the men, the angels convince Lot to leave with his wife and two daughters because the town is about to be destroyed.

God must not have found those ten righteous people needed to save the city.

Lot, his wife, and two daughters flee, making their way to the small town of Zoar (on the way, Lot’s unnamed wife turns to look, seeing the sulfur rain down on Sodom and turns into a pillar of salt). Apparently Lot does not like living in Zoar and he and his daughters find a cave to dwell in.

Prior to finding out their fate of ending up in the cave our scene cuts back briefly to Abraham.

Abraham has awaken the morning after Lot and his family fled the destruction of Sodom, not knowing the fate of the city or the fate of Lot. All we are told about Abraham is thus:

Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace

Genesis 19:27-28

Today I feel like Abraham. And a lot of days lately I’ve felt like Abraham.

I get up early in the morning and return to the place where I stood before the Lord. I open up the news feed or social media on my phone and I look towards Sodom and Gomorrah, towards the places where people are hurting. Towards the places I want to find righteousness.

I see another rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Cases and deaths which will continue to push schools opening in person out farther and farther.
Cases of millionaire baseball players who may make it so the season closes early. Crushing the dreams of hundreds of other players and fans who waited months for the love of the game.
I see a story about a black mom and her children being dragged from their mini-van by the police, handcuffed (even the children), and placed on the hot ground because the police were looking for a stolen motorcycle.
I see a picture of a prominent “Christian” leader exposing his undergarments and provocatively touching a woman who is not his wife.
I see people after people arguing about what is going on in Portland. Discussing us like the unwanted child in the room.
I read of explosions in countries across the world where dozens are left dead and much more injured.
I see pictures and video, stories of coastal land being ravaged by storms.

It seems everyday is like being on the starship Enterprise asking for a damage report. Some days I can go to bed knowing tomorrow cannot get any worse. Other days, I imagine it only will.

But I know God will not forget me. I know He will not forget you.

I return to the place where I stood before the Lord. I turn to the Lord. And I see Him looking down upon the plains as well; seeing the smoke rising from the furnace.

So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

Genesis 19:29

Just like God remember Lot because of Abraham’s prayers, God remembers us. And I know He weeps over the land. Cry out to God. Cry to God. Cry with God.

Tomorrow is another day and I will go back to the place where I stood before the Lord. I will look to see what happened while I slept. I will check the damage done to our world and to humanity. But I know God is there.

God is with those battling, suffering, and grieving over COVID-19. He is with the mom struggling to find care for her child when they cannot be physically at school. God is with the black mother and children who are being harassed by the police. He is with the people searching the rubble from explosions or storms for loved one.

And I know He is condemning the man who posted, took, and partook in inappropriate behavior. He is condemning the officers for treating children like criminals by handcuffing them and making them lay on the black, sun scorched asphalt. And he is condemning the men and women who are putting others at risk of COVID-19 for their own pleasures.

Tonight, I will pray today’s Psalm. Allowing these words of David ring true before I awake and again stand in the place I was last with the Lord

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

Join me in finishing this year by reading through the Bible through a Psalm a Day. Find my reading plan here.

All Scripture used on Oregon Christian Girl comes from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®  Unless otherwise noted.

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