The Curse of Canaan
by George Kirkpatrick

Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give

God has given us many great and wonderful signs so we would know when we are coming to the end of the age. Jesus gave us two signs so we would know about His return to set up His Kingdom, and to claim His bride. Luke recorded the words of Jesus:

    “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage,        until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

    Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;” Luke 17:26-28

    Noah and Lot were not contemporary. Lot lived several hundred years after Noah. This writer has written several times that it is impossible to understand the end of the age without a thorough understanding of the book of Genesis. As Luke recorded, “. . . as it was in the days of Noah.”  When most pastors teach about the time of Noah, they basically teach about the time just before the flood. But there are many aspects we need to consider concerning the time frame before and after the flood. We need to also consider the condition of the world and why God decided to destroy the earth with the flood. We know by the Word:
    “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of reknown.”  Genesis 6:4

    We have giants in the earth in our day. These may not be men of great stature, but they are men who have great wealth and great authority over our lives. But we also have sports stars that stand over seven feet tall. So we, too, have giants in our land today. We also see another sign that alludes to our day:

    “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  Genesis 6:5
    Wickedness is truly great in the earth today, and the thoughts and imaginations of man is continually evil. This is why God destroyed the earth the first time in the days of Noah. Moses recorded:

    “And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.” Genesis 6:6

    It really makes you wonder how God feels about His creation, when He views what man has done to His beautiful earth, and the way men and women treat each other. Moses also recorded:

    “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; f      for it repenteth Me that I have made them.” Genesis 6:7

    God was absolutely sickened at the wickedness that had gone throughout the whole world at the time of Noah - - - so sickened, indeed, that He was going to destroy not only man whom He had created, but He was also going to destroy the beasts, the creeping things (insects), and the fowls (birds) of the air for it repented Him that He had made them.  
    But Noah was spared through the flood, because he found grace in the sight of the Lord.

    “And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.” Genesis 9:28-29

    We need to consider the days of Noah after the flood because they, too, are still part of the days of Noah. Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. What can we learn from these years?

     Moses is credited with the authorship of Genesis. Moses’ birth was recorded in the book of Exodus. So God revealed the book of Genesis to Moses over one thousand years after His creation; and He inspired Moses to record the beginnings of His Adam creation and the events following as He dictated. Moses recorded:

    “And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”  Genesis 5:32

    Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. At the time of the building of the ark, Noah’s sons were grown men, but they had no children. We know this from the fact that there were no children on the ark. Peter recorded:

    “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight      souls were saved by water.”  I Peter 3:20

    Only eight people were on the ark: Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives.  Four times the Scriptures record this fact:

    “But with thee will I establish My covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.” Genesis 6:18

    “And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.” Genesis 7:7

    “Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.”  Genesis 8:16

    “And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him.”  Genesis 8:18

    So there can be no question as to who was spared through the flood. Each of Noah’s sons had their own wife. After Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives got off the ark, God spoke to them, and said:

    “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”  Genesis 9:1

    The word replenish means “to fill and to be filled.” Noah’s sons were to repopulate the earth. This is the same word God used to explain the duty God gave Adam and Eve in the garden:

    “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,      and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”  Genesis 1:28

    This would indicate God had a prior creation before He formed Adam and Eve.

    We are informed that when Noah got off the ark he began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard, Genesis 9:20. So, when Noah got off the ark he became a farmer, a tiller of the soil.  At some point in time Noah planted a vineyard. When we read God’s Word, many times we do not consider the time it takes for all these things to be accomplished.  For instance, did Noah plant grape seeds he had taken with him on the ark or did he have cuttings?  And how long would it have been before the grape vines were able to mature and produce fruit if Noah had planted them from seed?  It could have possibly taken five to ten years for the grapes to mature and bear fruit. From cuttings, it could have taken from three to five years to produce fruit.  But we know a period of time passed before Noah’s vineyard produced grapes.  In addition, it takes time to produce wine. The ancients had no way to keep the fruit of the vine, so they would allow it to ferment. So, at some point in time after Noah got off the ark, he planted a vineyard and made wine. We are not told how long this process took. Moses then recorded:

    “And he (Noah) drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”  Genesis 9:21

    Noah got drunk on the wine and passed out in his tent. Moses recorded Noah was uncovered in his tent. Noah may or may not have been naked. The word uncovered also means “to be discovered or to be disclosed.”  Moses goes on to record:

    “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.”  Genesis 9:22

    Ham saw the nakedness of his father. So, what happened these many thousands of years ago in the tent of Noah? Some in the modern church teach Ham discovered Noah’s nakedness and engaged in a homosexual act with his father.  This is totally ridiculous.

    To properly understand what happened with Noah’s nakedness, we must first understand what was meant by Noah’s nakedness. To do this we must look at the law as it was given to Moses:

    “The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.”  Leviticus 18:8

    Noah’s nakedness was his wife, and the ancients knew it was a sin to look upon the nakedness of one’s own mother.  It was also a sin to uncover the nakedness of any relative. Moses continued:

    “Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.” Leviticus 18:14

    God made it a sin to look upon one’s aunt’s nakedness because it was one’s father’s brother’s nakedness. Another Scripture which points this out is:

    “Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.”   Leviticus 18:16

    Again, God made it a sin to look upon one’s brother’s nakedness, which would be the nakedness of one’s brother’s wife.  It was a very serious thing to violate one’s father’s wife. Moses continues:

    “And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”  Leviticus 20:11

    Under the law, to uncover or to lay with one’s father’s wife was punishable by death. There was also a punishment for those who violated one’s uncle’s wife, or one’s own brother’s wife:

    “And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. And if a man shall take      his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.”  Leviticus 20:20-21

    There was no law at the time of Noah. So, what really happened in Noah’s tent so many thousands of years ago?

    “And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces      were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.”  Genesis 9:23
    Shem and Japheth honored both their father and mother by taking a garment and walking backwards to cover their father’s nakedness, their mother. It certainly would not have been a sin for Shem and Japheth to look upon their father if he was uncovered in his tent.

    “And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.”  Genesis 9:24

    When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor and was told what Ham had done to his wife, Ham’s mother, he said . . .

    “. . . Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”  Genesis 9:25

    Let’s look at the sons of Ham:

    “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.”  Genesis 10:6

    Noah did not curse Ham. He cursed the offspring of Ham’s act with his mother. This incestuous act has been the curse of mankind down through the ages.  Noah blessed Shem and Japheth, but he made Canaan their servant.

    “And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and             Canaan shall be his servant.”  Genesis 9:26-27

    The way the Scriptures are written,  Ham had three other sons before he had Canaan with the relationship with his mother.  It is also recorded that Canaan had many sons. So what happened to the sons of Canaan.

    “And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, and the Hivite, and Arkite, and the Sinite, and the            Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.”  Genesis 10:15-18

    The Scriptures tell us that the Canaanites were spread abroad. Where did they spread abroad to?  We discover it was Canaan’s sons who occupied the land when Israel entered their promised land:

 "When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;” Deuteronomy 7:1

    The Canaanites had become a powerful people. From the time Ham uncovered his father’s nakedness until Israel entered into their promised land, many hundreds of years had passed. Not only did the Canaanites increase in number, but their sin increased also. This incestuous spirit that had invaded Ham’s life, had multiplied over the years until God informed Moses:

"But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.”  Deuteronomy 20:17

    God informed Moses they were to utterly destroy all the Canaanites to rid the land of this incestuous spirit. Why would God act so drastically against the Canaanites?

“That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 20:18

    God did not want the ways of the Canaanites to be taught to the Israeli people. The curse Noah pronounced on Canaan had to be destroyed out of the land. We are informed the extent of the Canaanites influence on the land:

“And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.”  Genesis 10:19

    Most do not realize that Sodom and Gomorrah were inhabited by the Canaanites, as well as Admah, Zeboi, and Lasha. These were the five cities of the plains God destroyed in the days of Lot. All five of these cities of the plains were involved in sodomy, lesbianism, and other forms of the incestuous spirit that inhabited the land. And God was going to deal harshly with this spirit wherever it existed.

    This same spirit is running rampant today throughout the earth. And it is especially active in this nation. This nation is guilty of the same sin that was in the five cities of the plains. God destroyed them completely, and God will destroy any nation today who are guilty of the same sin.

    As Moses recorded, the borders of the Canaanites was from Sidon, Gerar, and Gaza. This is the area in the Middle East where they are still fighting over the land. When Israel went into their promised land, instead of destroying all the inhabitants of the land, Israel made deals with some of the Canaanitish people. Israel is still fighting with these same people today. Until the land is cleansed of all the Canaanites, there will never be God’s promised peace upon the earth.

    Every name God used in His Holy Word has a meaning. The word Canaanite means “traffickers.” It is the traffickers who hold God’s people in bondage. The word trafficker means “one who traffics in trade, both legal and illegally.”  There are many traffickers today who peddle their drugs, their pornography, and their sex slaves.

    Looking further at the sons of Ham, we are informed:

    “These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.”  Genesis 10:20

    We are not informed where all of Ham’s descendants lived, but we do know by the Psalmist Asaph, the following about Ham:

    “And (God) smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:” Psalm 78:51 

    Asaph penned this Psalm about one of the plagues God used to free the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt by destroying all the firstborn in Egypt. Asaph described these as the tabernacles of Ham.

    An unknown Psalmist gives us two other descriptions of Egypt being the land of Ham:

    “Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.”  Psalm 105:23

    In this Scripture Egypt is again called the land of Ham. This same unknown Psalmist declared.

    “They shewed His signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.”  Psalm 105:27

    Each time the Psalmists spoke concerning Egypt they called Egypt the land of Ham.  Jesus also declared:

    “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;” Luke 17:28

    The people ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted and they builded. These people were doing what we see people doing every day. So nothing was irregular about their activities. They were doing their daily tasks. To the people of Sodom, nothing seemed out of the way in which they normally lived. The people of Sodom had no idea God’s sudden destruction was imminent. The same is true today. The people are eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building with no knowledge or understanding of God’s sudden destruction that is on the horizon.

    “But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son      of man is revealed.”  Luke 17:29-30

    The same is true today. Everyone is looking for the soon return of Jesus. But as in the days of Lot, God’s judgment must be complete before the Son of God is revealed.

    Before we can look at the days of Lot we must understand what Lot was doing in Sodom. Lot was the son of Haran. Haran was the son of Terah, and the brother of Abraham. But Haran died before his father, Terah, Because Haran, Lot’s father died, Terah, Lot’s grandfather raised him.

    When God spoke to Abraham to leave the Ur of Chaldees, He gave Abraham specific instructions:

    “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”               Genesis 12:1

    Abraham was to get out of the country where he was living and leave his kindred and his father’s house. Abraham did not completely obey God’s command, but took his nephew Lot with him. Any time one does not go according to God’s Word, it will always lead to trouble. Abraham and Lot each had many flocks, and this created a problem:

    “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.”  Genesis 13:6

    As stated before, when we go against God’s Word, it always leads to problems. The land could support what God had given Abraham, but it could not support both what Abraham had and what Lot had. This only added to the problem.

    “And there was a strife, between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the              land.”  Genesis 13:7

    Problems of strife also rose up between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot over the use of the land, because it could not support both men’s flocks. Again, we witness the Canaanites were in the land.

"And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”  Genesis 13:8-9

    When Abram saw the trouble he had caused by not completely obeying God’s Word, he was now ready to come into complete obedience. He was ready to separate himself from his father’s house. Abram told Lot to take whatever portion of the land he wanted, and that he would  take the rest.

“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.”  Genesis 13:10

    When Lot lifted his eyes and saw the well-watered plains of Jordan, he chose what he saw as the best part of the land. We must remember Lot was the guest on this venture, but he chose what he thought was the best part of the land. This should be proof to God’s people that when we go only by what our eyes see and what our minds tell us what is best for us, it will always lead to problems.

“Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.”  Genesis 13:11-12

    This is the last we hear of Lot until the three angels visit Abraham, and inform him that they are going to destroy Sodom, Gomorrah, and the cities of the plain. Abraham pleaded with the Lord to spare the cities. And God agreed that if they could find as few as ten righteous people, He would indeed spare them. But sadly, we know not even ten righteous people could be found. Their destruction was set.

    We are not informed how much time had passed from the time Abraham and Lot separated, but it must have been many years. There was nothing said before about Lot being married or having children, but we know that when the angels came to Lot’s house, he had grown daughters who were married.

    It is recorded about the inhabitants of Sodom:

    “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.”  Genesis 13:13

    The word wicked in this verse is the Hebrew word RAA and means “wickedness, unpleasant, evil, sad, unhappy, distressed, misery, injury, and calamity.” These are those who sin exceedingly before the Lord. Those who are in such activities today are also called sodomites - - - the modern term for a sodomite person is “gay”.  But these are definitely not gay, they are sick - - - sin sick. Those who practice these sins are Canaanites, traffickers in little boys and little girls, and with each other.  Most mass murders of our day were committed by Sodomites who killed themselves  from being found out.

    We need to ask, “Why do they do such things?” It is because these have opened themselves to demonic spirits. These demonic spirits include the spirits of perverted sex, the spirits of lust, and the spirits of murder. The demon spirits of perverted sex and lust drive those who are infected to do terrible and vile things. These spirits compel people to do things they would never do if it was not for the actions of these spirits. There is a large list of these different demonic spirits. One group of these spirits work on children. For example, when a boy thinks he ought to have been born a girl. This is not a physical irregularity, this is a spiritual irregularity. Many of these go on to have a sex change.

    It has been proven that sodomites and lesbians do not commit these vile acts to satisfy their natural sex drive. Instead, they lust for each other because of the demonic activity in their life. We saw this with Ham. Ham had his own wife, and three children by her. Why did he lust after his father’s nakedness (his mother)? It was because he was driven by the demonic activity in his life. We see this same thing in Lot’s day, when the angels came into Sodom:

“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;” Genesis 19:1

    As we begin to look at the life of Lot in the city of Sodom, we discover he was sitting in the gate of the city. So Lot must have become an official of the city of Sodom. What had happened to the vast amount of sheep Lot had, and his herdsmen? Lot must have sold his sheep and become part of the city.

“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.”  Genesis 19:2

    Lot knew what kind of men inhabited Sodom, and he knew these angels (men) would not be safe in the street.  So Lot impressed upon them to go to his house where it would be safe for them. The angels agreed to go to Lot’s house. Lot then washed their feet and prepared a feast for them.

“But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter.”  Genesis 19:4

    Before the angels went to bed, the men of Sodom - - - both old and young, people from every walk of life - - - came to Lot’s door:

“And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”  Genesis 19:5

    The men of the city wanted Lot to send out these two angels who they thought were ordinary men, so they could sodomize them. Then we see how far Lot had digressed since he left Abraham:

    “And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, and said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.”  Genesis 19:6-7

    Lot went out of the house and called them brethren. Then Lot made a most grievous offer to these sodomites:

“Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.”  Genesis 19:8

    We find that Lot offered his two unmarried daughters to this vile crowd in order to protect the two men At this time, Lot had no idea who these men were, or what their purpose was. But he knew he had to protect them while they were under his roof.
    The crowd became more violent and demanding. They also became disgusted with Lot.

“And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.”  Genesis 19:9

    These sodomites were so driven with their lust, that they came near Lot’s house, and would have broken down his door to get to the angels inside his house. But the angels pulled Lot inside to protect him from this mob of Sodomites. Then we witness how strong this demonic desire is:

“And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.”  Genesis 19:11

    The angels struck this mob with blindness. This should have abated their lustful desire, but the mob wore themselves out trying to find the door to Lot’s house.

    At this time the angels revealed their plan and purpose in coming to Lot’s house. They warned Lot that if he had any other family members in the city, he should warn them to leave, saying:

    “For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.”  Genesis 19:13

    Lot was told in plain words that God had sent these angels there to destroy the city. We can be sure Lot’s wife was there, as well as his daughters. So it was no secret what God was going to do to Sodom.

“And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.”  Genesis 19:15

    When Lot’s sons in law and daughters were told to leave the city because God was going to destroy it, they mocked Lot. As we view this through the eyes of today, we witness the same thing happening when God’s prophets warn the people concerning the coming destruction of this nation. The people only mock God’s servants. In addition many call their sodomites friends,  brother and sister. The Canaanites have truly invaded our land.

    Then it came time for Lot, his wife, and their two daughters to flee from Sodom:

“And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.”  Genesis 19:14

     There could be no doubt about what God was about to do. The angels made it absolutely clear that they must flee or be consumed along with the city of Sodom.

“And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.”  Genesis 19:16

    Will many of God’s people have to be dragged out of this sin sick nation? God has spoken time and again to His people in the church system to flee this corrupt way of life - - - and yet the only way many will leave is when they are dragged out. 

    You would have thought after all the warnings and the effort on the part of the angels that Lot and his family would have been grateful for their lives, but . . .

“And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”  Genesis 19:17

    How many warnings did Lot and his family have to receive before they became obedient to the voice of the Lord? They were not even to look back at what they had to leave:

“And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in Thy sight, and Thou hast magnified Thy mercy, which Thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:” Genesis 19:18-19

    How like God’s people today!  God has warned them over and over of His coming judgment. And they confess God’s protection with their mouths, but when it comes to trusting in His Word;   like Lot, they proclaim, “Not so, my Lord!”  They are afraid they will offend their family and friends, but they are not afraid of offending their God. Lot continued his plea:

    “Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, is it not a little one? And my soul shall live.”  Genesis 19:20

    Many today, like Lot, when it comes to being obedient to God’s voice, are filled with fear and unbelief.

    The angels were gracious to Lot and his family, informing them they could do nothing until they were safely out of the city.  Next, we find . . .

    “The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.” Genesis 19:23

    So Lot fled to Zoar. This was still one of the wicked cities of the plain God had slated for destruction.  Lot and his family had arrived at what they thought was a safe place. But Lot discovered the little city of Zoar was just as wicked as Sodom.  Lot and his family most likely received the same welcome the angels had received when they entered Sodom.

“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; but his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”  Genesis 19:24 & 26

    We are not sure why Lot’s wife looked back toward Sodom. Perhaps she was concerned about her daughters and their families; or perhaps she missed her home and security. We are not sure why, we only know she was disobedient to the words of the angels. But this was part of the warning Jesus gave us:

    “Remember Lot’s wife.” Luke 17:32

    We need to ask why we should remember Lot’s wife? This is because when it comes time for God’s people to flee His judgment, we must act immediately, nothing doubting, nothing fearing. Jesus gives His people the same direction the angels gave Lot:

    “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:16

    When Jesus spoke of those in Judaea, He was not speaking of that ancient city. Judaea comes from the word Judah which means “the people of praise.” So He is speaking to those who are His people of praise. Luke also gives us the words of Jesus:

“Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.”  Luke 17:30-31

    We are informed we are to flee from wherever we are. Right after these words, Jesus informs us to “Remember Lot’s wife.”  When this day comes, we must flee and not look back to our family we are forced to leave behind, or the nice comfortable life we enjoyed.

    Lot did not find the comfort or protection he expected in Zoar. We are not sure how long he stayed in Zoar, but it could not have been very long.

“And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.” Genesis 19:30

    After Lot’s experience in Zoar, the quietness of a cave in the mountains looked pretty good to Lot. While Lot was dwelling in the cave, his two daughters used the excuse there were no men left on earth. So they contrived a plan to have children by their father. This only goes to prove that because of the spirit of incest these girls grew up with in Sodom, they could see nothing wrong with this solution to their problem. Because of the influence to the sins in Sodom, they had no moral standards in their lives.

    “And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:” Genesis 19:31

    We come to understand that Lot was an old man, advanced in years. Lot’s daughters declared their father could come to them after the manner of the world. The girls must have known this was a worldly act, and not what God desired.

“And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.”  Genesis 19:33

    The same is true today. Our children are exposed to what they call ‘an alternative life style” at a very young age. Then they observe from their friends and sometimes in their own family that there is nothing wrong with the sodomite way of life. This is especially true when they see even the leadership of the church stand sodomites in the pulpits.  Sodomites openly  march in the streets, and wear this nation’s military uniforms. They hold public office, and teach in our schools.

    When Noah cursed Canaan, he never considered those who have an incestuous spirit would be considered normal and that their way of life would infest a whole generation of our children. The Canaanites have truly invaded our land, our government, and even our churches. But we can be assured that when we read about the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah that God’s judgment hand cannot be far off for this nation and the world as a whole.

    But we do not need to suffer the fate of the Canaanites. We need to turn our hearts back to God and follow the words of Paul to the Corinthians:

    “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”  II Corinthians 6:17

    If we do this, then we will not suffer the wrath with the Canaanites.

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