The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”
“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
Two days ago we witnessed as God shut Noah and family in by closing the door to the ark and today we see Lot shutting the door behind him as he steps out to speak with his “neighbors.” There must be something to all this door shutting if the Bible speaks of it so often.
We can be “shut in” for protection, but we can also “shut out” evil. One of the major components to this Christian journey is closing doors that would allow evil a foothold in our lives. Don’t put out a “welcoming” mat for evil and his friends. When faced with temptation it is far better to shut it out then to wrestle with it.