15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When morning came to Sodom after the night when Lot gave his protection to the angels, the angels urged him to leave and take his family with him, warning them that if they did not leave they would be destroyed along with the city.
Lot hesitated, but the “men” took hold of the hands of Lot, his wife and his two daughters and led them safely out of the city. They then told Lot and his family to run quickly to the mountains.
Lot feared he would not make it as far as the mountains before he would be overtaken by the disaster, so he pleaded to be allowed to flee to a nearby small town and his request was granted.
Lot reached the town of Zoar by the time the sun had risen. It was then that the Lord rained burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah which this scripture says came from the Lord out of the heavens. (Burning sulfur? Could this have been an erupting volcano? Even if it was, it was still at the hand of God. Even today, no one can predict a volcano accurately, but God and his Angels knew of whatever disaster actually befell Sodom and Gomorrah beforehand.)
Lot’s wife perhaps did not believe in the word of the Lord as strongly as he did. She “looked back” and became a pillar of salt.
Later, from the spot where Abraham had stood and pleaded with the Lord for mercy upon any righteous souls he might find in Sodom, Abraham was able to see the city burning like a furnace. But God had remembered Abraham and his pleas and had delivered Lot from the catastrophe.
It occurs to me here that if you love someone who is facing certain disaster, the best action you can take is to pray for them—even plead for them—to the Lord. Abraham showed us that God does care for and takes care of his own.
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