Transquotation: Genesis 19:15-17

23 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” (Genesis 19:15-17)


As the end dawned, the messenger urged us, saying, “Up! Take your family who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the rest.” But we lingered. Still wishing to hold onto our sin. So Christ (the messenger) seized us by the hand, the LORD being merciful to us, and brought us out and set us outside, separate from the ways of the world’. And as they brought us out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere. Escape and go far from here, lest you be swept back in.”

Explanation of the transquote

Often times the Christ ‘lingers’. They attempt to rationalize whatever sin it is they are committing; attempt to try to convince themselves that it isn’t really ‘sin’ per se. “Yes, sin’s really too harsh a word, no, this is a little pet. I can get rid of it anytime I wish. Simply toss it away. But I won’t do that just yet, though I can easily do so, because just now it looks so pitiable and innocent, and I just can bare the thought of tossing it out now. Perhaps a little later…”


Excerpt from: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

“You didn’t say anything about killing him at first. I hardly meant to bother you with something so drastic as that.”

“It’s the only way,” said the Angel, whose burning hands were now very close to the lizard. “Shall I kill it?”

“Well, that’s a further question. I’m quite open to consider it, but it’s a new point, isn’t it? I mean, for the moment I was only thinking about silencing it…” said the Ghost.

“May I kill it?” asked the Angel.

“Well, there’s time to discuss that later” said the Ghost.

“There is no time. May I kill it?”

Please, I never meant to be such a nuisance. Please – really – don’t bother. Look! It’s gone to sleep of its own accord. I’m sure it will be all right now. Thanks ever so much.”


The above, i.e. the angel asking the ghost for permission to ‘kill the creature’, and the ghost trying to excuse ‘the creature’ continues for some while, but I think you get the general idea. We can’t try to argue for sin, it must go, or we’ll end up getting blown up in a pile of sulphur and fire. Not perhaps the physical version that Sodom and Gomorrah experienced, but a Spiritual version. One which blows our Spiritual self up, which is just as bad as a physical explosion. — We need Christ to “kill it” for us. We need Him to yank us out of the way of the oncoming train. We need Him to pull us out and get us running towards safety; away from ‘the ways of the world’. Such as the ‘way’ seen here, namely, homosexuality.

New Testament confirmation:

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, (Colossians 1:13)

Context confirmation:

And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords. Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die. Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there–is it not a little one?–and my life will be saved!” (Genesis 19:18-20)

Likewise, ‘a sinner’ (what we once were) continues to argue to the last. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the relation between Lot and “the sinner.”

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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