Lessons from Sodom and Gomorrah
Sodom seemed to have everything going for it, its advantages,
however, became a curse. What can we learn from the
example of this ancient city?
Fairest among the cities of the
Jordan Valley was Sodom, set in a plain which was "as
the garden of the Lord" in its fertility and beauty.
Here the luxuriant vegetation of the tropics flourished.
Here was the home of the palm tree, the olive, and the
vine; and flowers shed their fragrance throughout the
year. Rich harvests clothed the fields, and flocks and
herds covered the encircling hills. Art and commerce
contributed to enrich the proud city of the plain. The
treasures of the East adorned her palaces, and the caravans
of the desert brought their stores of precious things
to supply her marts of trade. With little thought or
labor, every want of life could be supplied, and the
whole year seemed one round of festivity.
The profusion reigning everywhere gave birth to luxury
and pride. Idleness and riches make the heart hard that
has never been oppressed by want or burdened by sorrow.
The love of pleasure was fostered by wealth and leisure,
and the people gave themselves up to sensual indulgence.
"Behold," says the prophet, "this was
the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of
bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her
daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the
poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed
abomination before Me: therefore I took them away as
I saw good." Ezekiel 16:49, 50. There is nothing
more desired among men than riches and leisure, and
yet these gave birth to the sins that brought destruction
upon the cities of the plain. Their useless, idle life
made them a prey to Satan's temptations, and they defaced
the image of God, and became satanic rather than divine.
Idleness is the greatest curse that can fall upon man,
for vice and crime follow in its train. It enfeebles
the mind, perverts the understanding, and debases the
soul. Satan lies in ambush, ready to destroy those who
are unguarded, whose leisure gives him opportunity to
insinuate himself under some attractive disguise. He
is never more successful than when he comes to men in
their idle hours.
In Sodom there was mirth and revelry, feasting and drunkenness.
The vilest and most brutal passions were unrestrained.
The people openly defied God and His law and delighted
in deeds of violence. Though they had before them the
example of the antediluvian world, and knew how the
wrath of God had been manifested in their destruction,
yet they followed the same course of wickedness.
At the time of Lot's removal to Sodom, corruption had
not become universal, and God in His mercy permitted
rays of light to shine amid the moral darkness. When
Abraham rescued the captives from the Elamites, the
attention of the people was called to the true faith.
Abraham was not a stranger to the people of Sodom, and
his worship of the unseen God had been a matter of ridicule
among them; but his victory over greatly superior forces,
and his magnanimous disposition of the prisoners and
spoil, excited wonder and admiration. While his skill
and valor were extolled, none could avoid the conviction
that a divine power had made him conqueror. And his
noble and unselfish spirit, so foreign to the self-seeking
inhabitants of Sodom, was another evidence of the superiority
of the religion which he had honored by his courage
Melchizedek, in bestowing the benediction upon Abraham,
had acknowledged Jehovah as the source of his strength
and the author of the victory: "Blessed be Abram
of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
and blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered
thine enemies into thy hand." Genesis 14:19, 20.
God was speaking to that people by His providence, but
the last ray of light was rejected as all before had
And now the last night of Sodom was approaching. Already
the clouds of vengeance cast their shadows over the
devoted city. But men perceived it not. While angels
drew near on their mission of destruction, men were
dreaming of prosperity and pleasure. The last day was
like every other that had come and gone. Evening fell
upon a scene of loveliness and security. A landscape
of unrivaled beauty was bathed in the rays of the declining
sun. The coolness of eventide had called forth the inhabitants
of the city, and the pleasure-seeking throngs were passing
to and fro, intent upon the enjoyment of the hour.
In the twilight two strangers drew near to the city
gate. They were apparently travelers coming in to tarry
for the night. None could discern in those humble wayfarers
the mighty heralds of divine judgment, and little dreamed
the gay, careless multitude that in their treatment
of these heavenly messengers that very night they would
reach the climax of the guilt which doomed their proud
city. But there was one man who manifested kindly attention
toward the strangers and invited them to his home. Lot
did not know their true character, but politeness and
hospitality were habitual with him; they were a part
of his religion--lessons that he had learned from the
example of Abraham. Had he not cultivated a spirit of
courtesy, he might have been left to perish with the
rest of Sodom. Many a household, in closing its doors
against a stranger, has shut out God's messenger, who
would have brought blessing and hope and peace.
Every act of life, however small, has its bearing for
good or for evil. Faithfulness or neglect in what are
apparently the smallest duties may open the door for
life's richest blessings or its greatest calamities.
It is little things that test the character. It is the
unpretending acts of daily self-denial, performed with
a cheerful, willing heart, that God smiles upon. We
are not to live for self, but for others. And it is
only by self-forgetfulness, by cherishing a loving,
helpful spirit, that we can make our life a blessing.
The little attentions, the small, simple courtesies,
go far to make up the sum of life's happiness, and the
neglect of these constitutes no small share of human
Seeing the abuse to which strangers were exposed in
Sodom, Lot made it one of his duties to guard them at
their entrance, by offering them entertainment at his
own house. He was sitting at the gate as the travelers
approached, and upon observing them, he rose from his
place to meet them, and bowing courteously, said, "Behold
now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's
house, and tarry all night." They seemed to decline
his hospitality, saying, "Nay; but we will abide
in the street." Their object in this answer was
twofold--to test the sincerity of Lot and also to appear
ignorant of the character of the men of Sodom, as if
they supposed it safe to remain in the street at night.
Their answer made Lot the more determined not to leave
them to the mercy of the rabble. He pressed his invitation
until they yielded, and accompanied him to his house.
He had hoped to conceal his intention from the idlers
at the gate by bringing the strangers to his home by
a circuitous route; but their hesitation and delay,
and his persistent urging, caused them to be observed,
and before they had retired for the night, a lawless
crowd gathered about the house. It was an immense company,
youth and aged men alike inflamed by the vilest passions.
The strangers had been making inquiry in regard to the
character of the city, and Lot had warned them not to
venture out of his door that night, when the hooting
and jeers of the mob were heard, demanding that the
men be brought out to them.
Knowing that if provoked to violence they could easily
break into his house, Lot went out to try the effect
of persuasion upon them. "I pray you, brethren,"
he said, "do not so wickedly," using the term
"brethren" in the sense of neighbors, and
hoping to conciliate them and make them ashamed of their
vile purposes. But his words were like oil upon the
flames. Their rage became like the roaring of a tempest.
They mocked Lot as making himself a judge over them,
and threatened to deal worse with him than they had
purposed toward his guests. They rushed upon him, and
would have torn him in pieces had he not been rescued
by the angels of God. The heavenly messengers "put
forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them,
and shut to the door." The events that followed,
revealed the character of the guests he had entertained.
"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." Had
they not been visited with double blindness, being given
up to hardness of heart, the stroke of God upon them
would have caused them to fear, and to desist from their
evil work. That last night was marked by no greater
sins than many others before it; but mercy, so long
slighted, had at last ceased its pleading. The inhabitants
of Sodom had passed the limits of divine forbearance--"the
hidden boundary between God's patience and His wrath."
The fires of His vengeance were about to be kindled
in the vale of Siddim.
The angels revealed to Lot the object of their mission:
"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." The strangers
whom Lot had endeavored to protect, now promised to
protect him, and to save also all the members of his
family who would flee with him from the wicked city.
The mob had wearied themselves out and departed, and
Lot went out to warn his children. He repeated the words
of the angels, "Up, get you out of this place;
for the Lord will destroy this city." But he seemed
to them as one that mocked. They laughed at what they
called his superstitious fears. His daughters were influenced
by their husbands. They were well enough off where they
were. They could see no evidence of danger. Everything
was just as it had been. They had great possessions,
and they could not believe it possible that beautiful
Sodom would be destroyed.
Lot returned sorrowfully to his home and told the story
of his failure. Then the angels bade him arise and take
his wife and the two daughters who were yet in his house
and leave the city. But Lot delayed. Though daily distressed
at beholding deeds of violence, he had no true conception
of the debasing and abominable iniquity practiced in
that vile city. He did not realize the terrible necessity
for God's judgments to put a check on sin. Some of his
children clung to Sodom, and his wife refused to depart
without them. The thought of leaving those whom he held
dearest on earth seemed more than he could bear. It
was hard to forsake his luxurious home and all the wealth
acquired by the labors of his whole life, to go forth
a destitute wanderer. Stupefied with sorrow, he lingered,
loath to depart. But for the angels of God, they would
all have perished in the ruin of Sodom. The heavenly
messengers took him and his wife and daughters by the
hand and led them out of the city.
Here the angels left them, and turned back to Sodom
to accomplish their work of destruction. Another--He
with whom Abraham had pleaded--drew near to Lot. In
all the cities of the plain, even ten righteous persons
had not been found; but in answer to the patriarch's
prayer, the one man who feared God was snatched from
destruction. The command was given with startling vehemence:
"Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither
stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain,
lest thou be consumed." Hesitancy or delay now
would be fatal. To cast one lingering look upon the
devoted city, to tarry for one moment from regret to
leave so beautiful a home, would have cost their life.
The storm of divine judgment was only waiting that these
poor fugitives might make their escape.
But Lot, confused and terrified, pleaded that he could
not do as he was required lest some evil should overtake
him and he should die. Living in that wicked city, in
the midst of unbelief, his faith had grown dim. The
Prince of heaven was by his side, yet he pleaded for
his own life as though God, who had manifested such
care and love for him, would not still preserve him.
He should have trusted himself wholly to the divine
Messenger, giving his will and his life into the Lord's
hands without a doubt or a question. But like so many
others, he endeavored to plan for himself: "Behold
now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little
one: O, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?)
and my soul shall live." The city here mentioned
was Bela, afterward called Zoar. It was but a few miles
from Sodom, and, like it, was corrupt and doomed to
destruction. But Lot asked that it might be spared,
urging that this was but a small request; and his desire
was granted. The Lord assured him, "I have accepted
thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow
this city, for the which thou hast spoken." Oh,
how great the mercy of God toward His erring creatures!
Again the solemn command was given to hasten, for the
fiery storm would be delayed but little longer. But
one of the fugitives ventured to cast a look backward
to the doomed city, and she became a monument of God's
judgment. If Lot himself had manifested no hesitancy
to obey the angels' warning, but had earnestly fled
toward the mountains, without one word of pleading or
remonstrance, his wife also would have made her escape.
The influence of his example would have saved her from
the sin that sealed her doom. But his hesitancy and
delay caused her to lightly regard the divine warning.
While her body was upon the plain, her heart clung to
Sodom, and she perished with it. She rebelled against
God because His judgments involved her possessions and
her children in the ruin. Although so greatly favored
in being called out from the wicked city, she felt that
she was severely dealt with, because the wealth that
it had taken years to accumulate must be left to destruction.
Instead of thankfully accepting deliverance, she presumptuously
looked back to desire the life of those who had rejected
the divine warning. Her sin showed her to be unworthy
of life, for the preservation of which she felt so little
We should beware of treating lightly God's gracious
provisions for our salvation. There are Christians who
say, "I do not care to be saved unless my companion
and children are saved with me." They feel that
heaven would not be heaven to them without the presence
of those who are so dear. But have those who cherish
this feeling a right conception of their own relation
to God, in view of His great goodness and mercy toward
them? Have they forgotten that they are bound by the
strongest ties of love and honor and loyalty to the
service of their Creator and Redeemer? The invitations
of mercy are addressed to all; and because our friends
reject the Saviour's pleading love, shall we also turn
away? The redemption of the soul is precious. Christ
has paid an infinite price for our salvation, and no
one who appreciates the value of this great sacrifice
or the worth of the soul will despise God's offered
mercy because others choose to do so. The very fact
that others are ignoring His just claims should arouse
us to greater diligence, that we may honor God ourselves,
and lead all whom we can influence, to accept His love.
"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered
into Zoar." The bright rays of the morning seemed
to speak only prosperity and peace to the cities of
the plain. The stir of active life began in the streets;
men were going their various ways, intent on the business
or the pleasures of the day. The sons-in-law of Lot
were making merry at the fears and warnings of the weak-minded
old man. Suddenly and unexpectedly as would be a thunder
peal from an unclouded sky, the tempest broke. The Lord
rained brimstone and fire out of heaven upon the cities
and the fruitful plain; its palaces and temples, costly
dwellings, gardens and vineyards, and the gay, pleasure-seeking
throngs that only the night before had insulted the
messengers of heaven--all were consumed. The smoke of
the conflagration went up like the smoke of a great
furnace. And the fair vale of Siddim became a desolation,
a place never to be built up or inhabited--a witness
to all generations of the certainty of God's judgments
The flames that consumed the cities of the plain shed
their warning light down even to our time. We are taught
the fearful and solemn lesson that while God's mercy
bears long with the transgressor, there is a limit beyond
which men may not go on in sin. When that limit is reached,
then the offers of mercy are withdrawn, and the ministration
of judgment begins.
The Redeemer of the world declares that there are greater
sins than that for which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
Those who hear the gospel invitation calling sinners
to repentance, and heed it not, are more guilty before
God than were the dwellers in the vale of Siddim. And
still greater sin is theirs who profess to know God
and to keep His commandments, yet who deny Christ in
their character and their daily life. In the light of
the Saviour's warning, the fate of Sodom is a solemn
admonition, not merely to those who are guilty of outbreaking
sin, but to all who are trifling with Heaven-sent light
Said the True Witness to the church at Ephesus: "I
have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy
first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art
fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else
I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick
out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation
2:4, 5. The Saviour watches for a response to His offers
of love and forgiveness, with a more tender compassion
than that which moves the heart of an earthly parent
to forgive a wayward, suffering son. He cries after
the wanderer, "Return unto Me, and I will return
unto you." Malachi 3:7. But if the erring one persistently
refuses to heed the voice that calls him with pitying,
tender love, he will at last be left in darkness. The
heart that has long slighted God's mercy, becomes hardened
in sin, and is no longer susceptible to the influence
of the grace of God. Fearful will be the doom of that
soul of whom the pleading Saviour shall finally declare,
he "is joined to idols: let him alone." Hosea
4:17. It will be more tolerable in the day of judgment
for the cities of the plain than for those who have
known the love of Christ, and yet have turned away to
choose the pleasures of a world of sin.
You who are slighting the offers of mercy, think of
the long array of figures accumulating against you in
the books of heaven; for there is a record kept of the
impieties of nations, of families, of individuals. God
may bear long while the account goes on, and calls to
repentance and offers of pardon may be given; yet a
time will come when the account will be full; when the
soul's decision has been made; when by his own choice
man's destiny has been fixed. Then the signal will be
given for judgment to be executed.
There is cause for alarm in the condition of the religious
world today. God's mercy has been trifled with. The
multitudes make void the law of Jehovah, "teaching
for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew
15:9. Infidelity prevails in many of the churches in
our land; not infidelity in its broadest sense--an open
denial of the Bible--but an infidelity that is robed
in the garb of Christianity, while it is undermining
faith in the Bible as a revelation from God. Fervent
devotion and vital piety have given place to hollow
formalism. As the result, apostasy and sensualism prevail.
Christ declared, "As it was in the days of Lot,
. . . even thus shall it be in the day when the Son
of man is revealed." Luke 17:28, 30. The daily
record of passing events testifies to the fulfillment
of His words. The world is fast becoming ripe for destruction.
Soon the judgments of God are to be poured out, and
sin and sinners are to be consumed.
Said our Saviour: "Take heed to yourselves, lest
at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting,
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that
day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it
come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole
earth"--upon all whose interests are centered in
this world. "Watch ye therefore, and pray always,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these
things that shall come to pass, and to stand before
the Son of man." Luke 21:34-36.
Before the destruction of Sodom, God sent a message
to Lot, "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee,
neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain,
lest thou be consumed." The same voice of warning
was heard by the disciples of Christ before the destruction
of Jerusalem: "When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed
with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is
nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains."
Luke 21:20, 21. They must not tarry to secure anything
from their possessions, but must make the most of the
opportunity to escape.
There was a coming out, a decided separation from the
wicked, an escape for life. So it was in the days of
Noah; so with Lot; so with the disciples prior to the
destruction of Jerusalem; and so it will be in the last
days. Again the voice of God is heard in a message of
warning, bidding His people separate themselves from
the prevailing iniquity.
The state of corruption and apostasy that in the last
days would exist in the religious world, was presented
to the prophet John in the vision of Babylon, "that
great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
Revelation 17:18. Before its destruction the call is
to be given from heaven, "Come out of her, My people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive
not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4. As in the
days of Noah and Lot, there must be a marked separation
from sin and sinners. There can be no compromise between
God and the world, no turning back to secure earthly
treasures. "Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Like the dwellers in the vale of Siddim, the people
are dreaming of prosperity and peace. "Escape for
thy life," is the warning from the angels of God;
but other voices are heard saying, "Be not excited;
there is no cause for alarm." The multitudes cry,
"Peace and safety," while Heaven declares
that swift destruction is about to come upon the transgressor.
On the night prior to their destruction, the cities
of the plain rioted in pleasure and derided the fears
and warnings of the messenger of God; but those scoffers
perished in the flames; that very night the door of
mercy was forever closed to the wicked, careless inhabitants
of Sodom. God will not always be mocked; He will not
long be trifled with. "Behold, the day of the Lord
cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay
the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners
thereof out of it." Isaiah 13:9. The great mass
of the world will reject God's mercy, and will be overwhelmed
in swift and irretrievable ruin. But those who heed
the warning shall dwell "in the secret place of
the Most High," and "abide under the shadow
of the Almighty." His truth shall be their shield
and buckler. For them is the promise, "With long
life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation."
Psalm 91:1, 4, 16.
Lot dwelt but a short time in Zoar. Iniquity prevailed
there as in Sodom, and he feared to remain, lest the
city should be destroyed. Not long after, Zoar was consumed,
as God had purposed. Lot made his way to the mountains,
and abode in a cave, stripped of all for which he had
dared to subject his family to the influences of a wicked
city. But the curse of Sodom followed him even here.
The sinful conduct of his daughters was the result of
the evil associations of that vile place. Its moral
corruption had become so interwoven with their character
that they could not distinguish between good and evil.
Lot's only posterity, the Moabites and Ammonites, were
vile, idolatrous tribes, rebels against God and bitter
enemies of His people.
In how wide contrast to the life of Abraham was that
of Lot! Once they had been companions, worshiping at
one altar, dwelling side by side in their pilgrim tents;
but how widely separated now! Lot had chosen Sodom for
its pleasure and profit. Leaving Abraham's altar and
its daily sacrifice to the living God, he had permitted
his children to mingle with a corrupt and idolatrous
people; yet he had retained in his heart the fear of
God, for he is declared in the Scriptures to have been
a "just" man; his righteous soul was vexed
with the vile conversation that greeted his ears daily
and the violence and crime he was powerless to prevent.
He was saved at last as "a brand plucked out of
the fire" (Zechariah 3:2), yet stripped of his
possessions, bereaved of his wife and children, dwelling
in caves, like the wild beasts, covered with infamy
in his old age; and he gave to the world, not a race
of righteous men, but two idolatrous nations, at enmity
with God and warring upon His people, until, their cup
of iniquity being full, they were appointed to destruction.
How terrible were the results that followed one unwise
Says the wise man, "Labor not to be rich: cease
from thine own wisdom." "He that is greedy
of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth
gifts shall live." Proverbs 23:4; 15:27. And the
apostle Paul declares, "They that will be rich
fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish
and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition." 1 Timothy 6:9.
When Lot entered Sodom he fully intended to keep himself
free from iniquity and to command his household after
him. But he signally failed. The corrupting influences
about him had an effect upon his own faith, and his
children's connection with the inhabitants of Sodom
bound up his interest in a measure with theirs. The
result is before us.
Many are still making a similar mistake. In selecting
a home they look more to the temporal advantages they
may gain than to the moral and social influences that
will surround themselves and their families. They choose
a beautiful and fertile country, or remove to some flourishing
city, in the hope of securing greater prosperity; but
their children are surrounded by temptation, and too
often they form associations that are unfavorable to
the development of piety and the formation of a right
character. The atmosphere of lax morality, of unbelief,
of indifference to religious things, has a tendency
to counteract the influence of the parents. Examples
of rebellion against parental and divine authority are
ever before the youth; many form attachments for infidels
and unbelievers, and cast in their lot with the enemies
In choosing a home, God would have us consider, first
of all, the moral and religious influences that will
surround us and our families. We may be placed in trying
positions, for many cannot have their surroundings what
they would; and whenever duty calls us, God will enable
us to stand uncorrupted, if we watch and pray, trusting
in the grace of Christ. But we should not needlessly
expose ourselves to influences that are unfavorable
to the formation of Christian character. When we voluntarily
place ourselves in an atmosphere of worldliness and
unbelief, we displease God and drive holy angels from
Those who secure for their children worldly wealth and
honor at the expense of their eternal interests, will
find in the end that these advantages are a terrible
loss. Like Lot, many see their children ruined, and
barely save their own souls. Their lifework is lost;
their life is a sad failure. Had they exercised true
wisdom, their children might have had less of worldly
prosperity, but they would have made sure of a title
to the immortal inheritance.
The heritage that God has promised to His people is
not in this world. Abraham had no possession in the
earth, "no, not so much as to set his foot on."
Acts 7:5. He possessed great substance, and he used
it to the glory of God and the good of his fellow men;
but he did not look upon this world as his home. The
Lord had called him to leave his idolatrous countrymen,
with the promise of the land of Canaan as an everlasting
possession; yet neither he nor his son nor his son's
son received it. When Abraham desired a burial place
for his dead, he had to buy it of the Canaanites. His
sole possession in the Land of Promise was that rock-hewn
tomb in the cave of Machpelah.
But the word of God had not failed; neither did it meet
its final accomplishment in the occupation of Canaan
by the Jewish people. "To Abraham and his seed
were the promises made." Galatians 3:16. Abraham
himself was to share the inheritance. The fulfillment
of God's promise may seem to be long delayed--for "one
day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand
years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8); it may appear
to tarry; but at the appointed time "it will surely
come, it will not tarry." Habakkuk 2:3. The gift
to Abraham and his seed included not merely the land
of Canaan, but the whole earth. So says the apostle,
"The promise, that he should be the heir of the
world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the
law, but through the righteousness of faith." Romans
4:13. And the Bible plainly teaches that the promises
made to Abraham are to be fulfilled through Christ.
All that are Christ's are "Abraham's seed, and
heirs according to the promise"--heirs to "an
inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth
not away"--the earth freed from the curse of sin.
Galatians 3:29; 1 Peter 1:4. For "the kingdom and
dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints
of the Most High;" and "the meek shall inherit
the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance
of peace." Daniel 7:27; Psalm 37:11.
God gave to Abraham a view of this immortal inheritance,
and with this hope he was content. "By faith he
sojourned in the Land of Promise, as in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs
with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city
which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
Hebrews 11:9, 10.
Of the posterity of Abraham it is written, "These
all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of
them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth." Verse 13.
We must dwell as pilgrims and strangers here if we would
gain "a better country, that is, an heavenly."
Verse 16. Those who are children of Abraham will be
seeking the city which he looked for, "whose builder
and maker is God."
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