Lot knew the two men were more than just men

Genesis Bible Background

Old Testament: Gen 19.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 18–19 on January 7, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

When three men approached Abraham, he knew that they were more than ordinary men, in fact, he referred to them or to one of them, as the Lord. One of the three men stayed with Abraham, and the other two went to Sodom to see Lot. He also could tell that these were not mere men:

Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.” But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

– Genesis 19.1–3

Not only did Lot know these two to be more than men, he also knew what the men of his town were like. Therefore, he did not want them to stay overnight in the street at all, but he urged them to stay with him.

Here was a man who knew divine visitors, showing that he was in sync with heaven, but he also knew what the men of his town were like, showing that he was aware of the nature of men on the earth.


  • Are you in sync with heaven?
  • What do you think about the people around you?

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