I recently tried to search for historical information on Sodom and Gomorrah and discovered a host of sites which claimed that its sin was not homosexuality but was related to inhospitality, pride, lack of humanity to the poor to name a few. However, inhospitality was not the issue that faced the two members of the God family who actually entered the city to investigate its condition. First, they had planned to spend the night in the streets because obviously they had wanted an open confrontation with the wicked men of the city. Secondly, the claims that inhospitality was the major issue must be dismissed because Lot sat in the gates waiting to house unwary strangers who would enter the city. No one in his right mind would enter the gates of that city, once they knew its reputation.

This truth just dropped into my spirit. We can accuse Adam and Eve of being inhospitable when they hid from God as He came to visit them in the garden of Eden. However, they fell from grace, not because they hid, but because they had disobeyed. There is no such thing as a greater or lesser sin, really, but we would be blind to overlook the fact the discourse of Genesis 19: 1-9 points to an attempted rape. This was obviously a customary thing for the men of the city of Sodom. Any one housing a male guest knew that his own safety was at risk if he did not comply with the threats.

By the way, can you imagine the anger and the wrath that the two members of the God family experienced in the debacle of Genesis 19? How would you have responded if placed in this kind of situation? They did not share their thoughts on the matter except to blind the men of the city and to tell Lot that the city would be destroyed.

God later used several biblical writers to report on Sodom and Gomorrah. We then further discover His thoughts on the matter:

  • Apostle Moses said that these cities were overthrown in God’s anger and wrath (Deut 29: 33; Isa 13: 9; Jer 49: 18; 50: 40; Amos 4: 11).
  • Moses also said that the sin of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah was widespread and produced fruit that was venemous and bitter (Deut 32: 32). This is not a community of gay people, but venemous and bitter ones.
  • Prophet Isaiah said that the people were shameless and did not hide their sin, even to God (Isa 3:9).
  • God called them liars, evildoers and reprobate (Jer 23: 14)
  • God made the cities a place of perpetual desolation where no one would dwell forever, much like the city of Jericho (Jer 49: 18; 50: 40). The remains became  “the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation” (Zeph 2: 9):
  • God was so angry with the sin of the city that He overthrew it “… in a moment, and no hands stayed on her” (Lam 4: 6). The NIV interprets this so we understand that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were  ” … overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her”. This reminds me of the destruction of the Tsunami in Indonesia – quick, sudden and disastrous.
  • Prophet Ezekiel said in 16: 49 – “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy”. Left in isolation, this verse seems to imply that the sin was one of pride and wealth. However, Prophet Ezekiel continued in 16: 50 with the words – And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].
  • What was the abomination that the people committed right in the face of the Lord? The Hebrew word shows that it was a disgusting act, the wickedness that we first read about in Genesis 13. It was not an act of inhospitality, because they were safely housed in Lot’s house. Genesis 19: 1-9 clearly shows the abomination.

This is a long post, so I will end here. Next time, I will share the New Testament writings on the sin Sodom and Gomorrah. Blessings and have a great day!