After Lot had departed, the LORD said to Abram, "Now lift up your eyes from the place where you are, and look to the north and south and east and west.
I. How IT MAY HAVE LOOKED TO LOT.
1. As a matter of business it was good.
2. In its moral aspects the step was dangerous. But -
3. Doubtless at first Lot did not intend entering the city. And perhaps -
4. Lot may have justified his doubtful conduct by hoping that he would have opportunities of doing good to the Sodomites.
II. How IT MUST HAVE LOOKED TO THE SODOMITES. It must have -
1. Surprised them to see a good man like Lot coming to a neighborhood so bad.
2. Led them to think adversely of a religion that preferred worldly advantage to spiritual interest.
3. Rendered them impervious to any influence for good from Lot's example. Lessons: -
1. It is perilous to go towards Sodom if one wants to keep out of Sodom.
2. It is useless preaching to Sodomites while gathering wealth in Sodom. - W.
1. Saints who hang loose, and are indifferent for the world, have the best appearance of God.
I. GOD ALWAYS COMES NEAR TO HIS SEPARATED ONES.
All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.I. THE DIVINE VOICE IS MORE DISTINCTLY HEARD.
1. We need this consolation to confirm our faith.
2. We require a renewed sense of the Divine approval.
3. We require comfort for the evils we have suffered on account of religion.
II. THE DIVINE PROMISES ARE MORE CLEARLY APPREHENDED.
1. We are more free to survey the greatness of our inheritance.
2. We have an enhanced idea of the plentifulness of the Divine resources.
III. WE ARE LED ON TO PERCEIVE THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE.
1. Our senses deceive us.
2. Our youthful hopes deceive us. Let us learn, then, that "there is nothing sure but heaven."
IV. THE SPIRIT OF DEVOTION IS STRENGTHENED.
1. When God speaks to the soul, our sense of reverence is deepened.
2. When God speaks, our sense of duty is deepened.
(T. H. Leale.)
II. GOD WILL DO BETTER FOR THOSE WHO TRUST HIM, THAN THEY COULD DO FOR THEMSELVES.
III. GOD BIDS US APPROPRIATE HIS GIFTS (ver. 17).
(F. B. Meyer, B. A.)
2. God is not forgetful to comfort His, who are willing to bear injuries from men for His sake.
3. God hath a speech to make His own to understand His mind. So God said to Abram.
4. When creature comforts leave God's servants, usually He comes Himself to them.
5. God singles out souls to whom He speaks comfortably in His promises; a stranger intermeddleth not with their joy.
6. Sensible demonstrations God sometimes affords of future mercies unto His.
7. Large bounds God hath allowed for the typical inheritance of His Church here, which note larger in the heavenly Canaan.
8. God's demonstration of mercies sometimes precedes His donation and infers it (ver. 14).
9. God is free and full in allotting the inheritance of His Church.
10. Jehovah hath what He giveth, therefore He giveth surely; He cannot deceive.
11. God's promise to Abram is fulfilled to his seed, through many generations.
12. God hath His ever in making covenant with His people according to His will; which it concerneth God's covenanted ones to know (ver. 15).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
(H. W. Beecher.)
I will make thy seed as the dust. —1. Promise to promise, seed to land, God adds to His covenanted friend Abram, for his good.
2. God's word of promise calleth things that are not, as if they were. that is, puts into being what is not.
3. God's word of promise putting into being is irreversible. He speaketh and doth it.
4. Innumerable issues, as the dust, sand, and stars, can God raise out of dead bodies (Hebrews 11:22).
5. Children are God's gift, when and to whom He pleaseth (Psalm 127).
6. Man's reach of understanding is too shallow to compass the works of God's promise (ver. 16).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Walk through the land. —1. Double demonstrations of mercies, and double promises, will God give for the support of the faith of His servants.
2. God enjoins experience sometimes for the help of faith in His promises.
3. God would have His saints reach the utmost dimensions of His promises (Ephesians 3:19).
4. God showeth good things to His people which He purposeth to bestow on their succeeding generations.
5. God's promise to the head is performed in the seed.
6. Free promise should provoke souls to get experience of the good things to come.
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
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