Daily Word

Hospitality or hostility?  | Genesis 19:1-11

1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he stood up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said, “No, but we shall spend the night in the public square.” 3 Yet he strongly urged them, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 

4 Before they lay down, the men of the city—the men of Sodom—surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 5 and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.”

6 But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. 8 Now look, I have two daughters who have not had relations with any man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do not do anything to these men, because they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 

9 But they said, “Get out of the way!” They also said, “This one came in as a foreigner, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them!” So they pressed hard against Lot and moved forward to break the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, from the small to the great, so that they became weary of trying to find the doorway.

Genesis 19:1-11 (NASB) 


Two of the three men that visited Abraham are angels. They go down to Sodom to “see whether they have done entirely as the outcry, which has come to Me indicates;” (Gen 18:21). They were not disappointed – in that the report was true. Yet they were disappointed – in that it was true, for it indicated the level of wickedness in the city, in mankind, had returned possibly to pre-flood levels. Verse 5, “have relations with them” is homosexual sexual relations. This is where the term “sodomy”, referring to homosexual and even more evil sexual relations, comes from.

Hospitality or hostility?

My grandfather used to joke as he was leaving a dinner party saying, “Thank you for your hostility…I mean your hospitality.” Lot offers typical oriental hospitality to the two men – but mostly for their protection. He even went as far as to offer to sacrifice his two daughters to appease the town’s evil residents to protect the men. The men of the city, in stark contrast to Abraham and Lot, truly offered hostility rather than hospitality. “They were willing to break all principles of hospitality and morality for their own violent and sexual gratification.” (enduringword.com)

Who’s protecting who?

As it turns out, the two angels ended up protecting Lot (and his family) – not just from the evil men of the city but, as we’ll see tomorrow, the judgment from God. Causing mass blindness for all those people at one time was a clear sign of their heavenly origin and power. They could have sent a plague to kill them on the spot. Maybe this was an act of mercy to give them one more chance to repent and believe.


  • Do you know who’s “got your back”, who’s protecting you? Remember to give Him thanks. We’ll never know until Heaven how many times He has sent angels to spare our lives or keep us from injury or making a wrong decision. Psalm 121:8 says, “The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time and forever.” Verse 7 says, “The Lord will protect you from all evil;” even that, “He will keep your soul.” Now there’s the kind of protection we need!
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