TEXT: Luke 17:26-33
Last week, we began looking at the somewhat surprising words from Jesus Christ which shed light on the condition of the world in the end times. These words are surprising to us because, often, we focus on the terrible signs of the times -- such as an increase in war, violence, disasters, disease, and sin. But, Jesus informs us that in the midst of all that, many people will be going about their daily lives as though nothing is out of the ordinary.
Jesus parallels this condition with two examples out of the Old Testament -- the days of Noah and Lot. We looked at Noah as an example of a wise man living in perilous times. Noah was obedient to God and he led his family to be obedient to God. On top of that, he was a faithful witness to his generation, warning them of the judgment that God had promised to send because of their disobedience.
Today, we are going to look at the example of another man living in similar times. This man is Lot, the nephew of the Hebrew patriarch Abraham. Jesus says, "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all." Just as in Noah's day,Just as in Lots day, and just as in our day, people are continuing on in their daily routines while sin and immorality is on the rise and while the condition of the world is rapidly deteriorating. J.A. Martin says, "the materialistic, indifferent people of Sodom (eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building) were not prepared for God’s judgment. They were living in sin, oblivious to God. Therefore they were destroyed."
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