Time for Judgment

by Scarlett Stough

Part One
Read Genesis 18:16-33.

1. Genesis 18:16-19; 2 Chronicles 20:5-9. Why did God include Abraham in the discussion of Sodom and Gomorrah's sins?

2. Genesis 18:20-33; 1Timothy 2:1-8. What can we learn from Abraham's intercession which can inform and guide our own prayers?

Part Two
Read Genesis 19:1-38.

1. Genesis 19:1-5. What conditions did the two angels find when they arrived to assess the moral state of Sodom?

2. Genesis 19:6-9. Lot tried to protect the two strangers--apparently not knowing they were angels (Hebrews 13:2). How did he reveal his own warped thinking by his efforts?

3. Genesis 19:10-14. What warning did the angels give Lot after rescuing him from the mob?

4. Genesis 19:15-23; 2 Peter 2:1-10; Luke 17:28-37. How did God show mercy to Lot who was reluctant to flee? What lessons can we today learn from this account?

5. Genesis 19:24-29. God promised Abraham if 10 righteous people were found, he would not destroy the cities (Genesis 18:32). How did God answer the intent of Abraham's prayer?

6. Genesis 19:30-38; James 1:19-27; John 17:1-26; 2 Peter 2:6-9. Considering Lot's flawed thinking and actions, why would he be called “righteous”? How can we keep ourselves from “being polluted by the world” as Lot's family had been?

Part Three
Read Genesis 20.

1. How did God show mercy and grace to Abraham, to Sarah and to Abimelech?

2. 1 Peter 4:1-19; Hebrews 12:4-13. How does God begin judgment on the family of God? What is his purpose for “judging” us now?