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1/8/2013所多瑪的毀滅

經文:創世記1820

中心思想:創世記18

提要

        從十八章到二十章提到亞伯拉罕家中兩個成員身上的危機,他們是:亞伯拉罕的妻子撒拉和姪兒羅得。羅得的生命是一種妥協、追求世俗的生命,與他那過信心生活的叔叔比較起來,簡直就是行屍走肉!上帝垂聽亞伯拉罕迫切的禱告,決定在毀滅羅得那邪惡敗壞的家鄉時拯救他。然而即使是一個擁有像亞伯拉罕那般信心的人,也會因為眼睛離開了上帝而跌倒!在基拉耳寄居的時候,亞伯拉罕說謊,稱他美麗的妻子撒拉為妹妹,為的只是要在亞比米勒王跟前保全自己的性命。

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所多瑪被滅

的命運已定

所多瑪和蛾摩拉

被毀

亞伯拉罕的騙局

被揭穿

拯救羅得

拯救撒拉

每日與主同行

        接下來請你想一想:上帝所行的神蹟中最困難的是那一個?如果要你選「世界最大的神蹟」,你會選什麼?把心裏的想法記下來,如果可能,和家人或朋友交換答案。
        將你的神蹟和創世記十八章九到十五節中所描述的作一番比較,結果如何?上帝應許賜給亞伯拉罕與撒拉一個兒子,起先這個應許看起來似乎一點也不精彩,但是請你想想上帝必須跨越的一些障礙:那時亞伯拉罕已高齡九十九,撒拉也九十歲了!在她一生中從來沒有生過一個孩子,而且早就過了生育的年紀,但是上帝連她懷孕的確實時間都指出來了,難怪上帝會問:「在上帝豈有難成的事嗎?」(創1814)。
        如果今天你能求上帝賜給你一個神蹟,你會要求什麼樣的神蹟?是幫助你克服過去的失敗?突破陰鬱的自我形象?還是重建破碎的婚姻?在聖經靠近創世記十八章十四節的空白處,寫下你需要的神蹟,然後每一天都以這個溫馨的真理來宣告,上帝是專門對付這些不可能的事的!

默想

今天所多瑪在何處?
        自從所多瑪慘遭硫磺與火的毀滅之後(創1924~28),在聖經中就再也沒有提到它了!今天它位於死海最南端的水中,靠近一個名叫「羅得之妻」的山峰。

金言

對創造宇宙和一切的上帝而言,還有什麼是不可能的?

Destruction of Sodom

Scriptures:Genesis 18-20

Heart of the Passage:Genesis 18

Overview

        Chapters 18-20 relate crises arising in the lives of two of Abraham's family members: his wife, Sarah, and his nephew Lot . Lot 's life of compromise and worldly pursuits stands in stark contrast to the life of faith demonstrated by his uncle. In response to Abraham's fervent prayers, God spares Lot while destroying his home town for its wickedness and perversion. And yet, even a man of faith like Abraham can stumble when he takes his eyes off God. On a trip to Gerar, Abraham lies about his beautiful wife, Sarah, calling her his sister in order to save his skin from King Abimelech.

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Sodom's Doom
Declared

Sodom and Gomorrah
Destroyed

Abraham's Deceit
Discovered

Saving Lot

Saving Sarah

Your Daily Walk

        For the next minute, try to imagine the most difficult miracle God could ever perform. If you were to select the "Miracle of All Time," what would it be? Jot down what comes to mind and, if possible, exchange answers with a friend or family member.
        How does your miracle compare with the one described in 18:9-15? God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. At first, that may not appear very spectacular, but consider the obstacles God had to overcome. Abraham was 99 years old at the time, and Sarah was 90. For her whole life, Sarah had never been able to bear children. She was now beyond childbearing years. And yet, even the exact time of conception was pinpointed by God. No wonder God posed the question. "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" (18:14).
        If you could ask God for one miracle today, what would it be? Help you overcome a past failure? Conquer a dismal self-image? Rebuild a shattered marriage? Write that miracle in the margin of your Bible next to Genesis 18:14. Then stake your claim daily to the warming truth that God specializes in impossible cases.

Insight

Where Is Sodom Today?  
        After its destruction by brimstone and fire (19:24-28). Sodom never occurs again in the Bible as an occupied city. Today its location lies somewhere beneath the waters at the southern end of the Dead Sea . A nearby free-standing pinnacle is appropriately named " Lot 's Wife."

Adage

What could be impossible for the God who created the universe and everything in it?

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