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BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,


Genesis xiii. 1].
Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan ; and Lot journeyed
East : and they separated themselves the one from the other/'
BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,


Genesis xiii. 1].
Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan ; and Lot journeyed
East : and they separated themselves the one from the other/'

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LOT.BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,Genesis xiii. 1].Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan ; and Lot journeyedEast : and they separated themselves the one from the other/'OuE Lord has said, " Eemember Lot's wife ; " if Hehad not, men might have thought there is nothing weknow of Lot's wife which has any thing to do withChristianity, nor indeed with religion at all ; what weare told of her is a mere matter of fact like any otherincident in history, that on looking back in escapingfrom Sodom, " she became a pillar of salt." But nowour Lord has marked it as an especial warning to usin these last days, as speaking of the dangers of ahalf-repentance, of one that has been once saved byGod's mercy, and assisted by His grace, casting back the eyes to that state from which he has been oncedelivered. It is an incident which says of itself, inother words, that " no man having put his hand tothe plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God *." If then it be the case with that one circum-^ Luke ix. 62.LOT. 49stance, we may be sure that the whole of that awfulhistory is full of instruction for us, and containsadmonitions from God. ay further, our Lord hasHimself given us to understand that the destructionof Sodom is a figure of the last Judgment, which willcome at a time when lawlessness shall abound, andfaith be scarce found. Lot therefore is, as St. Augus-tine says, a sign of the Body of Christ at that time *,
 
of the Christians who shall be grieved at the wicked-ness of the world around, and by God's mercy es-cape the great condemnation. Full of interest thento us is the character of Lot, who is saved; andit is one that affords much matter for reflectionfrom its imperfectness, and God's mercy notwith-standing.St. Peter speaks of Lot as a righteous man. '* Anddelivered just Lot," he says, " vexed with the filthyconversation of the wicked : for that righteous mandwelling among them . . . vexed his righteous soul'."Here he is spoken of as a righteous man in comparisonwith that wicked people among whom he dwelt*,and as knowing the true God. St. Paul also perhapsalludes to his hospitality *, as well as that of Abraham ;and it is something to have been the friend of Abraham,who was "the friend of God." But on the otherhand, St. Paul makes no mention of Lot in thecatalogue of those whom he records as by faithinheriting the promises. And in this history nothingis said of Lot being in himself accepted except forAbraham's sake; "God remembered Abraham," itis said, " and sent Lot out of the midst of the over-2 St Aug. viil 698. » 2 Pet. iL 7, 8.« St. Aug. ill 619. ^ Heb. xiii. 2.E50 LOT.throw, when He overthrew the cities in the whichLot dwelt ®." " Scripture reminds us," says St. Augus-tine, "that it was for the merits of Abraham thatLot was delivered '." The history of his deliveranceshows God's extreme care for Lot ; the Angel waits
 
long and presses him, and great as is the guilt, loudthe cry of Sodom, he says, he can do nothing, tillLot is in a place of safety: but it is mentionedas of God's especial mercy to him. o approbationis expressed of him. It is for Abraham's sake whowas probably at the time interceding for him withGod.It would appear as if Scripture had purposelyinterwoven the histories of Abraham and Lot, in orderto show us by placing them together the differencebetween a perfect and imperfect faith. The beginningof Lot's history is one with that of Abraham ; theyboth leave their country and home, both go to afltrange land. We read, "Abraham went and Lotwith him;" this is repeated; under the shadow of Abraham we behold him, one with Abraham, learningof him self-sacrifice, hospitality, trust in God. Butas the companion and nephew of Abraham, as livingunder his guidance and protection, there is as yet inLot no proof of an independent faith. Many arebrought up under the shelter of a parent's roof ingodly habits, while all the while their own faith is notas yet put to the proof. It may be as good as hisunder whose shade they dwell, time and temptationwill show; they may be merely as shoots from aparent stem, having no root in themselves but fromconnexion with the deeper and stronger stock, and• Gen. xix. 29. ' Quaes, in Gen. xlv. vol. iii. 619.LOT. 61when seyered from it, then will come the trial of inherent life.The first indication of this difference between thetwo is seen when, on account of their increasing herds,

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