The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
Be careful the choices we make. Abram gave his nephew first choice of where to take his family and flocks. Lot chose the land south of Canaan called the Great Plains because there was plentiful grazing land there for his animals. But this land included five cities, most notably Sodom and Gomorraha. He went to this region despite knowing that the people living there were living loosely – to say the least. God was not at all pleased with these people. And as the old saying goes, “if you touch dirt, you will get dirty.” So Lot, as we learned in Chapter 13 did not fare well for his choice.
God sent two angels into Sodom. Lot, who was living there, met with the angels and invited them to eat and stay in his home. Then all the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s home and demanded he bring out the “two men” staying at his home so they could have sex with them. This crowd did not know what they were playing with (sadly many of us would miss angels in our midst, as well).
The crowd was about to break into Lot’s house to get the two visitors. The angels then blinded the Sodomite men. The angels warned Lot to get his family out of the city because they were about to destroy everyone. Lot’s family went to Zoar, a small town the angels protected.
But Lot’s wife looked back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorraha and for her disobedience she was turned into a statue of salt. pLot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in a cave in the mountains.
After a time, with no other man around, the daughters plotted to get their father Lot drunk and they both became pregnant. A son, Moab, became the leader of the Moabites. Another son by the youngest daughter was Ben-Ammi, the father of the Ammonites.
While some find this story to have no evidence, the historical accounting of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is conveyed in Jewish, Christian and Islamic scriptures and is also recorded by Flavius Josephus, a Roman historian: "And the angels came to the city of the Sodomites...when the Sodomites beheld the young men, who were outstanding in beauty of appearance and who had been received into Lot’s house, they set about to do violence and outrage to their youthful beauty....Therefore, God, indignant at their bold acts, struck them with blindness, so that they were unable to find the entrance into the house, and condemned the Sodomites to destruction of the whole population."
Commentary by Norman Geisler, PhD, Archeologist:
There have been thoustands -- not hundreds -- of archeological finds in the Middle East that support the picture presented in the Old Testament including King David, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah once thought to be a myth was uncovered that all five of the cities named in Geneesis were, in fact, situated juust the way it was told in the Old Testament. There is permanaent evidence of one great conflageration that happened there.
Furthermore, aspects of the Jewish captitivity have been confirmed. Every Old Testament reference to an Assyrianian king has been confirmed. An excavation in the 1960s indicated that the Isaraelites could have entered Jerusalem through a tunnel during David's reign. Solomon's Temple has been located.
The Bible makes many references to Hittites but critics claim there is no evidence they ever existed. Digs in modern Turkey have discovered records of the Hittites.