Genesis 19:2-3 gives us a glimpse into the character of Lot. Lot certainly saw the physical things of this world and chose it, which made him move toward Sodom (Genesis 13:10-11). He seemed to have been elevated in status as well among the ungodly, with authority to be able to sit at the gates of the city of Sodom (Genesis 19:1). Taking all this into account, one can easily deduce that Lot was a worldly man. Yet, he sought out the well being of the angelic visitors, for the people in the city he dwelt in were wicked – something that vexed his soul daily (2 Peter 2:8). In fact, you can see with the persistence of Lot, the angels change their mind to stay at his house instead of in the street. We also see here that Lot refers to himself as a ‘servant’ (Genesis 19:2) and hospitably opens his house for these angelic visitor. He even prepares a feast for them. The Apostle Peter calls Lot to be a righteous man with a righteous soul (2 Peter 2:7-8) who was vexed by what he saw (in seeing) and heard (in hearing) of the wicked’s lifestyle and unlawful deeds.
Points to ponder:
We may have made some choice in life that make us be in allegiance with the world, but if the world in which we dwell start to become wicked, it needs to vex our souls. We cannot turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the wickedness around us. The soul of the righteous vexes when it sees and hears of the unlawful deeds and wicked lifestyles of men. Just as Lot was deemed righteous, would you and I be? In other words, do the wickedness around you vex you?
Genesis 19:2-3 (KJV)
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
2 Peter 2:7-8 (KJV)
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds😉