I have a question for discussion that I was thinking about as I read the part where God rains down sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah. Do you think it's possible to live in a place like Sodom and Gomorrah and not be affected by it?
My answer is no, but I'm curious to hear what others have to say. I think about Jesus' prayer that his followers would be in the world but not of the world, but the state of S&G is so extreme that I don't think it's possible for a person to walk away untarnished. Interestingly enough, Genesis doesn't say what God thought about Lot's daughters sleeping with him (an idea that was conceived from their town of origin, perhaps??). The children born through the despicable act, however, form the Moabites and the Ammonites, which are both tribes that the Israelites are later on told not to join with in marriage. Maybe that is our indication that the girls' decision to wine and dine their father was far less than honorable to God.
Another interesting thought from this reading is the phrase is 21:1, "the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised." It is yet another reminder that God does follow through with his promises. What an important thing to remember during those times when we feel as though he has left us high and dry.