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Sodom and Gomorrah

Main Points to Remember

  1. God is both just and merciful
Vocabulary:   
   brimstone
: a mineral (or kind of rock or dirt) that will catch fire

Prayer:
Father, please help us keep separate from the evil of the world around us

Activity:
Make a pillar of salt from an old clothespin. Glue cotton balls or rock salt to it. Make arms from white pipe cleaners.

Discussion:
Does God call the sin or the people exceedingly evil? He calls the sin, or the actions, of the people evil. God did not hate the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, but they hated God by sinning against him, sinning against themselves, and sinning against other people. Eventually their sin was so great that it cried out for justice. Just as the evil in Noah's time caused a great flood. And just as the rebellion at the Tower of Babel caused God to separate men. God will punish evil deeds done by unrepentant men. But he will also save the righteous, even if there are just a few.

Activity
: Add Lot's family to a family tree that will develop as the lessons progress. Have the students make generic paper people (like Bible Friends). Name them and post them on a board, using yarn or dots to connect the family lines. A great source for OT family tree information is: http://bible.ort.org/books/gened2.asp

True/False
  1. God was clear that the people of the cities had done evil. T
  2. Lot's family was influenced by the people they lived near. T
  3. God spared some of the wicked to save the righteous. F
  4. Abraham pleaded with God to spare the city for ten good people. T
  5. God found ten good people in the cities. F
Memory Work
  • Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, " The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave."
Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)

 linguistic questions
  1. What is brimstone? a mineral that catches fire
  2. Unscramble this phrase:    llipar fo tals
  3. What is sin? breaking God's law
  activity questions
  1. Locate the Dead Sea on a map.
  2. Draw Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt.
  3. Act out Abraham pleading with God.
  emotion questions
  1. How did God feel about the sins of the people? He was angered and sorrowful
  2. What prompted God to save the righteous, since they were so few? his compassion and love
  3. How did Lot react when the men of the city made their demands? He was horrified
application questions
  1. If we immerse ourselves in an evil culture, will it affect us and our family? yes
  2. Can we excuse sin that God feels is very evil? no
  3. What's the difference between hating the sin and hating the sinner? It is possible to be outraged and angered by someone's actions, and still love that person. Love does not mean excusing their behavior. The appropriate response is to try to help that person quit the behavior.
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fact questions
  1. Who visited Abraham and Lot? two angels (and God visited Abraham)
  2. What did the men of Sodom and Gomorrah demand of Lot? that he surrender his visitors
  3. What did the angels do to the men of Sodom and Gomorrah? blinded them
review questions
  1. Who judged the whether the deeds of Sodom and Gomorrah were evil, Abraham or God? God did.
  2. Why was Abraham so worried about the righteous people in the cities? His nephew Lot lived there
  3. Why was Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt? she disobeyed by looking back
 

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