Genesis 19:30-38

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The Far-Reaching Results of Lot's Sin

Genesis 19:30-38

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Lesson Number 42

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Moving toward Sodom will have drastic effects on the believer’s personal life.
  2. Moving toward Sodom will have drastic effects on the believer’s family life.
  3. Moving toward Sodom will have drastic effects on other people.

Practical Application

  1. How would you like to be Lot in heaven?


  1. How complete was the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?
  2. How and why did Lot bargain with the angels when they were fleeing from Sodom?
  3. Where did Lot go wrong? Trace his downward pathway.
  4. What is Sodom a picture of?
  5. What were some of the long-range effects of Lot’s moving toward Sodom?


  1. These cities were judged for their wickedness, and their destruction came about suddenly and completely. These cities have never been rebuilt.
  2. Lot asked the angels to let him live in a small city named Zoar. It was evident that Lot was attracted to the materialistic things a city could give to him. He selfishly chose the city over obedience to the word of God.
  3. His problems started with his selfish choice (Genesis 13:11), and they intensified when he moved toward Sodom. It wasn’t long before he moved into the city itself, again for selfish reasons. Even his thinking became distorted. Finally, he lost everything, but rather than move back with faithful Abraham, he became a cave dweller. Lot’s willpower, moral standards, and integrity were so damaged that he didn’t even realize he was having an incestuous relationship with his daughters.
  4. Sodom is a picture of the world under judgment.
  5. His daughters were pulled into Lot’s downward moral path, becoming brainwashed in the things of the world. Lot’s descendants, the Moabites and the Ammonites, were the result of his incestuous relationship with his daughters, and they were enemies of God’s people for years, later causing Israel to commit the sins of idolatry and immorality.


  1. Moving toward Sodom had drastic effects on Lot’s personal life. Review the answer to #3. How can you avoid traveling this same downward path?
  2. Jesus prayed that His disciples would not be taken out of the world, that they would be in it but not of it (John 17). Lot was not only in Sodom, but he was part of Sodom. What is your experience of being “of” the world? Its effects?


  1. Lot will be in heaven, but he lost out forever on the reward that could have been his if he had made godly choices. Don’t be a Lot look-alike. .

Key Verses

  • “Lot and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.” Genesis 19:30
  • “Lot did not even know what had happened.” Genesis 19:33, 35
  • “Lot’s daughters bore him sons named Moab and Ben-Ammi.” Genesis 19:37-38

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