Sodomites in the Land
A Biblical overview of God-ordained Marriage & Satan’s Attack on the Family
Genesis 2:20-21 (KJB) And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Genesis 2:23-24 (KJB) And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the Biblical God-given requirements for marriage and the family. A secondary goal is to provide a brief summary of the breakdown of God-ordained marriage and the view of the sin of sodomy as God describes it in the Bible.
In the verses, we learn that during creation God formed Adam from the dirt in God’s image and gave him dominion of the earth. During creation no suitable help meet was found for Adam; therefore God took a rib from Adam and created Eve. Adam accepted his new help meet stating “this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” The basis of the first human institution was formed. The home and marriage are both a God-ordained institution. It is of note that this was the first institution created by God. Its ancient origin clearly implies its importance. Before God made any other human institution, He made the home and the marriage relationship. It is the most basic building block of society.
To further emphasize this point Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24 when He made the following statement.
In very easy terms we have the definition of God-ordained marriage which consists of one man and one woman. The man and woman are to be one flesh which would be terribly difficult to do for 3 or more people.
What was the first breach of God’s ordained marriage? Genesis 4:19 (KJB) “And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. ” The first breach of God’s moral standard for marriage. Lamech was the first polygamist. Though God may not have given any written law on this issue at that point, yet the example of Adam and Eve served as an example of God’s perfect will: monogamy.
The importance of God-ordained marriage is further discussed in the following verses: Malachi 2:14-16 (KJB) “ Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. ” There was the sin of divorce, polygamy, and infidelity against innocent wives. Malachi used a simple illustration how that God created one woman to be Adam’s wife. God’s plan has always been one woman for one man. It is included even His plan for a godly seed from Adam’s time to the present.
Furthermore, God hates unprovoked “putting away.” The idea is that God hates when one, without just cause, divorces another. Though God, under very restrictive conditions, has allowed divorce as His permissive will, it never is His perfect will. The word translated as violence can also have the sense of ‘wrong’ or ‘injustice.’ That probably is the case here. So mentioned thus far the first breach which was polygamy. Secondly, we also see referred to in Malachi divorce which was never God-Ordained. Matthew 19:8-9 (KJB) “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”
Another attack Satan has been successful with is the sin of adultery. Deuteronomy 22:22 (KJB) “If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.” Those found guilty of adultery were to be stoned to death, both man and woman. If a betrothed woman was intimate with another man in the city, both were to be stoned to death. (She could have cried for help in town.) However, if a man forced a betrothed woman (raped her) in the country where her cry for help could not be heard, the rapist was to be stoned to death. God emphasized the importance of fidelity when He included this sin in the Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:14 (KJB) “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
This article is not going to be an exhaustive discussion of all the ways men and women destroy marriage. There are many more issues that we could discuss regarding the family that causes men and women to separate. Some of these issues include lying, pride, slothfulness, gluttony, drunkenness, anger, envy and pride. There may be more things than this article brings to light. The Bible speaks about every one of these issues, and that should always be the first place anyone searches for knowledge. Proverbs 1:7 (KJB) “ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Above all when God gives us a spouse we need to learn to be happy with God’s choice. Mark 10:6-9 (KJB) “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
The last attack that Satan has perpetrated on marriage that we will discuss in this article is the sin of Sodomy. The Bible uses the term sodomites to describe what people today call homosexuals or gay people. There are many other variants and different varieties of these words, but they all represent sexual relations contrary to what the Bible describes as the God-ordained plan for marriage as we have shown above. Sexual relations outside of wedlock is not Biblical:
One of the first occurrences of the word Sodom in the Bible is Genesis 13:12-13 (KJB) “Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” As we learn from the Bible, the term Sodom relates to a city and Sodomites were those living in the city of Sodom. Genesis chapter 13 clearly defines that the men of Sodom were wicked.
Some interesting verses regarding Sodom:
Deuteronomy 32:32 (KJB) “For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter.”
Jeremiah 23:14 (KJB) “I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.”
The next occurrence to examine is a few chapters later when the Lord visits Abram and his wife. When they leave Abram their stated purpose as we read is Genesis 18:20-25 (KJB) “And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The conversation concludes when Abram asks Genesis 18:32-33 (KJB) “ And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.” So we learn that Abram has a discussion with the Lord about destroying Sodom. Abram had family that lived in Sodom and did not want to see his family destroyed for the sins of the town. Abram starts by asking the Lord if He will destroy Sodom if 50 righteous people are found to which the Lord agrees. Finally, Abram asks Ok Lord how about if only ten righteous people are found will you still destroy Sodom? The Lord answers I will not destroy it for the sake of 10 people in verse 32.
Chapter 19 unfolds when two Angels come into Sodom at evening time and they meet Lot Abram’s nephew. After much pressure, they agree to go to Lot’s house to stay that night. Next we read – Genesis 19:4-5 (KJB) “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” Meanwhile, the men of the city having observed Lot’s guests surrounded his house. It is significant that those who came were “both old and young.” Apparently, those too old to participate in what all knew was going to happen came to watch and vicariously be gratified as the younger men satisfied their perverted lust.
The sodomites of the city, therefore, called unto Lot for him to deliver the men to them they had seen enter his house that night “that we may know them.” The ensuing context makes it clear they were not interested in a mere social introduction. The word translated as know among other things is a euphemism for sexual intimacy. The Sodomites of the city planned to gang rape Lot’s guests homosexually. Lot knew it. The intent was to know them sexually, and the abomination of this is expressed in the following verse when lot says: Genesis 19:7 (KJB) “And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.”
The result that we all know and understand is that God destroyed Sodom for its great sin: Genesis 19:24-25 (KJB) “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.”
Many writers in the New Testament also discuss the sins of Sodom: 2 Peter 2:6-9 (KJB) “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”
The first occurrence of the act of sodomy is described in the following verses: Leviticus 18:22-24 (KJB) “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you.” Homosexuality was forbidden and was described as an abomination to God. Furthermore, the perversity of bestiality was strictly forbidden. The word translated as confusion has the sense of sexual perversion. Leviticus 20:13 (KJB) “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:15-16 (KJB) “And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Deuteronomy 23:17 (KJB)” There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” Deuteronomy 27:21 (KJB) “Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
A similar occurrence that happened to Abram is described in the book of Judges: Judges 19:22-23 (KJB) “Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.”
Speaking about the sin of sodomy the Apostle Paul wrote in the first chapter of Romans: Romans 1:24-32 (KJB) “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
As the deprivation of sin became worse, God simply gave men over “unto vile affections.” The phrase vile affections means ‘dishonorable passions.’ The context clearly leads into sodomy. The context would indicate sodomy is the bottom of the barrel of sexual immorality. It, however, is the result of the spiritual apostasy of the heart. The final phrase of verse 26 speaking of women and their “use . . . against nature,” literally, refers to a sexual activity which is not natural. Two women (or two males) cannot reproduce. It is unnatural and clearly, is against God-ordained family values.
Verse 27 describes how sodomites burn in their lust one toward another. The word translated as lust is not the standard name for such in the New Testament. It has the idea of ‘craving.’ The phrase “working that which is unseemly” could be rendered ‘performing acts which are lewd.’ Finally, Paul notes that immorality in general and sodomy, in particular, causes the participants to receive “in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” The idea is that they will pay in their bodies for their sin. The consequence of sexual sin inevitably is various sexually generated and transmitted diseases, of which the most notorious, perhaps, is AIDS.
Lastly, it is evident in the book of 1 & 2 Kings that Sodomites were not welcome in Israel when a Godly King was leading it. As the book of Kings takes us on a roller coaster ride of good and evil Kings, we note the following four verses.
1 Kings 14:24 (KJB) “And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.”
1 Kings 15:12 (KJB) “And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”
1 Kings 22:46 (KJB) “And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”
1 Kings 22:46 (KJB) “And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”
With the idolatry of the pagans came their immoral practices. When spiritual apostasy sets in, sodomy often is not far behind. In ways unspecified, Asa got rid of the sodomites in his kingdom. Though his father Asa had sought to eliminate sodomy from the land, he apparently had missed some. Therefore, Jehoshaphat threw out of Judah any other sodomites he could find. In the midst of the apostasy which had overtaken Jerusalem, sodomy had also come out of the closet to openness. The association between apostasy and such immorality is not a coincidence. So it is clear that when righteous Kings were in power they attempted to rid the land of the immorality. Clearly implied is that the sodomites were not welcome in the Kingdom. Revelation 11:8 (KJB) “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Sodom in Scripture is universally reflective of great sin, and Egypt is of the world.
The sin of Sodomy (homosexuality) is explicitly denounced in the Bible. It undermines God’s created order where He made Adam and Eve, a man and a woman, to carry out his command to fill and subdue the earth. Genesis 1:28 (KJB) “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Sodomy (Homosexuality) cannot fulfill this mandate. Also, sodomy undermines the basic family unit of husband and wife which is the God-ordained means of procreation. Again, homosexuality cannot fulfill the requirements of the basic family unit.