One of the most important, if not the most important, things in life is our ability to make decisions. Poor decisions eventually bring negative results and affect our entire lives. Good decisions ultimately result in positive results in our lives now and for all eternity.
In this lesson we will study the decisions made by Abraham and his nephew, Lot, and the powerful influence those decisions had upon their lives, their families, and future generations.
1. When there was conflict between Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen, what generous suggestion did Abraham make?
“So Abram said to Lot, ‘Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left’” (Gen. 13:8, 9).
Abraham allowed Lot to choose __________________________. Abraham would choose second.
2. What poor choice did Lot make? What words described the inhabitants of Sodom?
“Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan…. And Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord” (Gen. 13:11-13).
Those who lived in Sodom were “ ______________and ___________________against the Lord.”
Lot made a choice based on personal prosperity, not on the will of God. Eventually Lot moved into Sodom and his family was tainted with its corruption.
3. What three things did our Lord say about Abraham?
“For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice” (Gen. 18:19).
A. For I have ______________________________________________him.
B. His children and his household _____________________the way of the _________________.
C. To do ____________________________________and ___________________________ .
4. When Abraham heard that God was going to destroy Sodom because of its wickedness, what question did he boldly ask God?
“And Abraham came near and said, ‘Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?’” “‘Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord’” (Gen. 18:23, 27).
Abraham asked God, “Would You also destroy the ____________with the _________________?”
Abraham prayed for God to spare the city, pleading with Him to save the city for as few as 10 righteous people. But there weren’t even 10 people who could be called “righteous.”
5. When destroying angels entered the city and the evil inhabitants of Sodom desired to abuse them, what compromise was Lot willing to make?
“See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof” (Gen. 19:8).
Rather than trust God, Lot was willing to offer his ___________________________ to the clamoring crowd.
6. What was the response of Lot’s sons-in-law to his appeal to leave Sodom?
“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, ‘Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!’ But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking” (Gen. 19:14).
His sons-in-law thought Lot was ________________________________________________.
Lot’s compromise and failure to stand for right influenced his entire family. Even his sons-in-law did not take him seriously. The angels had to take Lot by the hand and lead him, his wife, and their two daughters out of the city.
7. What was the ultimate fate of Lot’s own wife?
“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah…. But [Lot’s] wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” (Gen. 19:24-26).
Lot’s wife became a _____________________________of __________________________.
The results of Lot’s life of compromise were tragic. They influenced his own family, and generations to come. Even after leaving the city, Sodom’s influence still affected Lot’s daughters. They got their father drunk, became pregnant by him, and bore two sons, Moab and Ben-Ammi. The Moabites and Ammonites fought against Israel for years.
8. What promise did God make to faithful Abraham?
“Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him” (Gen. 18:18).
God said about Abraham, “All the nations of the earth shall be ___________________________in him.”
What a contrast between Abraham and his nephew Lot! Abraham’s faithfulness, trust in God, and obedience blessed his family and succeeding generations. God honored his faith. Lot’s life of compromise led to one disaster after another.
We have the same choices today. A life of compromise with sin eventually influences our families, our friends, and future generations. A life of faithfulness to God also impacts those around us. God’s promise is still true: “Those who honor Me I will honor” (1 Sam. 2:30).
Why not claim His promise right now and determine to make each choice in harmony with His will?
Next month’s Bible Study will be about “Persistent Prayer.”