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Psa 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land].
Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
To say that the family unit is under attack is at best an understatement!
Then every definition of a family has been adulterated to a base level of two people or a group that loves each other with some degree of commitment. Same sex and transgender roles accepted.
The first couple consisted of one man and one woman and Eve became his wife before she became the mother of his children.
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
To teach otherwise would make God the author of fornication, because God joined them together.
Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Unfortunately, this verse has been used to consecrate any marriage between a man and a woman. If you are a saved man or women and you marry a lost person God did not bring you together and even if both are saved it does not always mean that your union was brought together by God… Your flesh or culture did.2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
This is not to say that God does not recognize a legal marriage between the unsaved…he does. God in his grace will even bless the children of a marriage between the redeemed and the damned.Act 24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
Yet, trouble always arises…. For how can two walk together unless they agree.
But laying aside the many avenues of marriage and family, what about the solitary in a Christian family?
The phrase "let no man put asunder" teach us that there are forces that want to shipwreck and separate the Christian marriage and home.
In type Lot is a perfect example of a shipwrecked home. And if things before were written for our learning, let's see the folly of Lot and the causes for destruction to his household.
Every error that Lot made was against the solitary in the family.
1. Lot chose his wallet rather than to depart from evil. If the biblical dates of when Lot separated from Abraham and the destruction of Sodom are correct, Lot lived in Sodom approximately twenty years.
How long should a man stay with family in such a vile environment before he leaves in order for it not to destroy the solitary in the family?
(Genesis 13:13) But the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
2. Lot was taken from Sodom by force with his goods and household and could have had a fresh start after being rescued. After all, if Abraham fought for him would he not help him make a clean start.
(Genesis 14:16) And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
When God allows things to knocks us in the head to save our family do we listen?
3. Lot’s God-fearing Uncle Abraham did not accept anything from the king of Sodom, he refused reward. This should have opened Lot's eyes. If the righteous promise the God of heaven that they will have nothing to do with something, we need to reject it for our family’s sake.
(Genesis 14:22) And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
(Genesis 14:23) That I will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
4.By the time the angels came in Genesis 19 Lot had only a form of godliness.
2Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
(Genesis 19:1) And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing [them] rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Lot's solitary of a godly home was a veneer at best. If there is only ritual and no substance the underlay quickly crumbles.
5. There was no separation in talk or deed.
(Genesis 19:7) And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
(Genesis 19:8) Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as [is] good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Lot was so vexed that he was calling sodomites brethren. There should never be any political correctness in a Christian home. The family as a solitary unit should be taught what is evil and what is good.
Silence to a lie is an insult to the truth!!
It matters not what the current culture may call you. If you are labelled intolerant, bigoted, a Bible thumper or whatever else, it goes with the price of being a Christian. The survival of the Christian home depends on staying true to God’s word.
6. The fear of God was not taught to his household neither was that marrying the ungodly was a grave sin.
(Genesis 19:14) And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
Lot’s words had no strength because of his manner of life. He had long lost his authority of "thus saith the Lord".
7. Lot and his house had to be dragged from the ungodly as there was no desire to leave. Perhaps because of friendships in this ungodly city or sinful pleasure, but their hearts remained in Sodom.
(Genesis 19:16) 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.
The little foxes had destroyed the vine and the leaven of Sodom had done its work. It was not major onslaughts that destroyed the solitary of this home; it was steady slow erosion. It took twenty years for spew to seep in, and when it was finished…nothing remained that resembled a godly household. It was the compromise and acceptance of ungodly principles that caused the ruin and death of Lot’s house. Like it is today with falsehoods of newer "Bibles", false doctrine, worldly culture, friendships of even wayward Christians; and what is highly esteemed by this present evil world that shipwrecks and destroys the solitary in families.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
Joshua was willing to go it alone if need be and Lot was not.
If Joshua and Lot were alive today both could write on the solitary of the family.
Joshua’s book could be titled " what to do to preserve the solitary of the household. And Lot’s book could be titled " what mistakes I’ve made in destruction of my household".
Both books would be true…Best to write the first than the last.
Regrettably Lot’s book is still on the printing press of life.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.