SUNDAY OCTOBER 13, 2013
‘And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” Gen. 19:17.
THE statement above was a command from the angels to Lot. They were in a killer mission to Sodom and Gomorrah as a result of their sin. Lot had no alternative than to obey their command and respond unquestionably. He was told ‘Escape for your life’.
To ‘escape’ means — to Flee, Run Away; Get Away, Run Off, Take Cover. The angels like watchmen were sounding an alarm to a city that has found itself in a great mess. Yes, the watchman if he fails to sound the alarm the blood of the people will be upon his head. But on the other hand, if he does so and the people or the persons concerned refuse to hearken, they will die in their sin and stubbornness.
The Bible tells us of the ever abiding love and mercy of God to the human kind as it observed thus: ‘For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.’ It is quite consoling to note the deep concern of God about humanity, notwithstanding her sinfulness. God was emphatic about it, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of anyone…’.
But Sodom and Gomorrah was a land of sin. Her volume of sin and wickedness reached the highest heaven. ‘So the Lord told Abraham, I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah because their sin is so flagrant’ (Gen. 18:20). Notice also, God heard about the oppression of His people Israel in Egypt and He was determined to liberate them. Any sin committed no matter where and by who will never escape the eyes of the Lord. The bible says, ‘your sin shall find you out’ (Num. 32:23). Are you an oppressor or one who delights in iniquity, one day your sin shall find you out? Sodom was booked for destruction by God as a result of her iniquities.
i pughi izonari ya chineke nna:
i pughi izonari ya chineke
mgbe n’ekpochi nmehiegi, chee na-odighi onye ga-amaya,
nwanne i pughi izonari ya chineke.
English version of the song
You cannot hide it from God:
You cannot hide it from God:
When you cover your sin thinking that nobody will know My brother, you cannot hide it from God Certainly, sin exposes and at the same time causes a separation between us and God. But I declare in this write-up that our God is going to deal with every sin in our lives today and set us free in Jesus name! Amen. Remember, when the Son of Man sets us free, we are free indeed (John 8:32).
Fortunately, the angels that visited Lot in the land of Sodom were insistent and it was for his own good: ‘escape for your life’. It is baffling how Lot found himself in such an atrocious city. The bible gives us a clue, Lot; Abraham’s nephew separated from him and so went to dwell in the land of Sodom (Gen. 13:8-13). His attraction, when he saw, the plain land; green vegetation, what his eyes saw, attracted him to settle there. Beware, as a child of God of what you see. If care is not taken, what you see can lead you to sin. Many people in the time past have fallen into this danger thereby tainting themselves in the process.
These Biblical examples are for our own consumption: Eve – ‘So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food…’ (Gen. 3:6); Achan and beautiful robes – ‘When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe…’ (Josh. 7:21-27); David and Uriah’s wife, – ‘One evening, David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing…’ (2 Sam 11:2). Child of God, what programmes do you watch? Do you not know that some worldly programmes, channels and poisonous things from the internet can corrupt your thinking? The bible recommends: ‘and if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell.’ (Matt. 5:29).
However, it will gladden the heart of God even if the eye is plucked out and one makes heaven thereby escaping from the dangers of sin and its consequent destruction thereafter. By the grace of God, we shall escape to freedom in Jesus Christ today. We pray God to help us really to escape.
VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,