OUR LORD WHOSE DAY OF JUDGEMENT AGAINST THE ARROGANT APPROACHES
Malachi 4 verses 1 - 3 says this;
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.
The fearsome day of the Lord is described as a burning furnace where judgement will fall on the wicked turning them into ash.
This dreadful day is a day of the Lord's action against the arrogant who have dismissed the word of the Lord and have undertaken to bring about the rulership of spiritual darkness on the whole world.
But the remnant of the Lord will be stirred to shake the powers of darkness until their rebellious usurpation fails.
Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.
After Lot and his family were evacuated from Sodom, they were taken to Zoar which was a small town on the plains.
When the fiery judgement of God fell on the cities of the plains, the town of Zoar was spared because Lot was there.
However, Lot became afraid to stay in Zoar. He may have felt the same judgement that visited Sodom would also visit Zoar at some point because they shared a common civic culture. Lot fled to the mountains with his two daughters and they settled in a cave.
Lot, having lived in the fast-paced city of Sodom, was now living primitively in a remote mountain cave.
Further to that, the lawless proclivities of the cities on the plains followed them to the cave so that Lot's two daughters plotted against their father and conspired to have children by him while he was inebriated out of his senses.
And thus Lot, without his knowledge, became the father of the Moabites and the Ammonites through his own daughters.
Lot should have trusted God's promise of safety and stayed in Zoar. He may not have been susceptible to his daughters' plotting.
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.
This verse records a ghastly scene where two visitors had come to the city to see Abraham's nephew, Lot, and to give him warning of an impending catastrophe.
As it was getting late, the visitors wanted to fend for themselves and spend the night in the public square but Lot, understanding the nature of the town in which he lived, insisted that the two visitors stay under the shelter of his roof.
What Lot did not realize was that roving gangs of thugs in the town had noted the arrival of his visitors and that night, they surrounded his house in order to compel him to surrender his guests to them.
This frightening situation resulted from the brazen willingness of the men of Lot's town to assault anyone they wanted with impunity.
The visitors, it turned out, were angels sent to save Lot and they urged Lot and his family to flee the city before it was destroyed by the imminent judgement.
Even as Lot vacillated on the decision to leave, the angels took the whole family by the hand and led them away to a safe place where they would be spared the judgement that was about to befall their town.
Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”
When Moses came to Egypt on a mission to get the children of Israel set free from bondage, the Egyptian rulers were not eager to release the people who were working as slaves for them.
In fact, the opposite happened. The work load on the Israelite slaves was increased which put a rift between Moses and the children of Israel.
Pharaoh believed that increasing the workload on the slaves would keep their minds off of fanciful ideas like freedom but it also had the effect of Moses losing credibility with the people he had come to emancipate.
The situation became tense and Moses had to go back to God to seek counsel on how to continue.
The Lord told Moses that judgement would befall Pharaoh because he had dismissed the requirements of the God of Israel.
Bless our God who goes to great lengths to free us from bondage.