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The Backslider (11 of 32)
INTRODUCTION: I love reading signs. Like the one welcoming you to Kettle Falls, Washington, the home of ''1255 friendly people and one grouch.'' Along Oregon's winding coast, another warns: ''Emergency stopping only. Whale watching is not an emergency. Keep driving.'' One I saw at a BP gas station saying, ''You are responsible for spilt oil''. I pulled into a service station once. A bold sign proclaimed, ''We have Mexican food. We have gas.'' But my favorite of them all is posted on an Alaska highway: ''Choose your rut carefully. You'll be in it for the next two hundred miles.''
Today we are going to study a man who got into a rut that he never really got out of. His name is Lot.
INTRODUCTION: We began this series on Abraham by saying that God typically teaches truth in one of three ways - Systematically - Thought upon thought, logically explaining truth in theo. Terms.
Parable, Hyperbole Archetype - That is what Abram is they quintessential example of faith.
ANTITYPE - Well one thing we haven't mentioned is that when God gives us an Archetype often close by he also gives us the Antitype. He gives us a good example as well as a bad. For Abram we have Lot, For Jacob we have Esau, For Issac we have Ishmael, we have Shreck and Donkey.
BOTH RIGHTEOUS - Now when it comes to Abram and Lot we see two men that the Bible declares righteous.
Of Abraham, Genesis 15:6 (NAS) 6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. Of Lot, 2 Peter 2:8 (NAS) 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds). However, if Lot were accused of being a believer there would scarcely enough evidence to convict him.
So how are we to compare and contrast these two men? It is not the contrast of a believer and unbeliever. Perhaps that comparison could be made with Terah. Rem ...
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