And he lingered—so the men laid hold of his hand and of the hand of his wife、 and of the hand of his two daughters, in the tenderness of Yahweh towards him,—and they brought him out、 and led him forth outside the city.” (Genesis 19:16, EMPH)

I love the way The Emphasized Bible translates here: “in the tenderness of Yahweh towards him.” The word translated “tenderness” here means: “the act. of showing concern in some crisis with a result of deliverance from the bad situation.” [DBLH] This really stands out because of the contrast between the Lord’s actions and Lot’s equivocating.  The two angels who are sent to rescue Lot and his family have to literally drag him [ESV translates: “So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand”] out of the city, and when they take him towards the wilderness, towards safety, he begs to be allowed to live in Smallville. [Zoar which means “little”]

Lot seems to not deserve saving at all, and yet the Lord saves him because of “the tenderness of Yahweh towards him.”  This is the nature of the Lord.  He is tender and gracious when any man in the situation would be harsh and judgmental; He keeps watch over his people even when they do not deserve it; He brings about salvation, even when those whom he is saving do not appear to understand their desperate need of salvation.

As I read this list of God’s actions I realize that I am Lot.

 

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