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The principle of interpretation for the law of cause and effect will be the more easily grasped when we point out that it is much the same as the law of sowing and reaping

This principle of interpretation will be the more easily grasped when we point out that it is much the same as the law of sowing and reaping. That law operates now, in this world, and it is an important part of the expositor’s task to observe its outworking in the lives of biblical characters. Consider then some of the details recorded about Lot before his career ended amid the dark shadows of his mountain cave. After the initial reference to him in Genesis 11:31, nothing is said about him until after Abraham’s sorry sojourn in Egypt. It appears that Lot contracted Egypt’s spirit and acquired a taste for its fleshpots. In Genesis 13:6, 7, we read of a strife between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot: the Lord’s later rewarding of the former and the subsequent conduct of the latter seem clearly to intimate which of them was to blame. The proposal that Abraham made to his nephew (13:8, 9) was a most generous one and Lot’s carnality at once appeared in the advantage he took of it. Instead of leaving the choice to his uncle, Lot yielded to the lust of the eyes, and chose the plain of Jordan, which was well watered and “like the land of Egypt”! Next, he “pitched his tent toward Sodom” (13:12). Then he went and “dwelt in Sodom” (14:12), forsaking the pilgrim’s tent for a “house” (19:3). There he settled down, became an alderman, sitting in its “gate” (19:1), while his daughters married men of Sodom.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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