Sunday School: Gospel Doctrine
Lesson 8: Living Righteously in a Wicked World

“Lesson 8: Living Righteously in a Wicked World,” Old Testament Class Member Study Guide (2001), 6

“Lesson 8,” Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, 6

Lesson 8

Living Righteously in a Wicked World

Genesis 13–14; 18–19

Study the following scriptures:

  1. Genesis 13. After living in Egypt for a time, Abraham and his family return to Canaan. Abraham settles in Hebron, and his nephew Lot settles near Sodom.

  2. Genesis 14:1–2, 8–24. Lot is taken captive and is rescued by Abraham (14:1–2, 8–16). Abraham pays tithes to Melchizedek and refuses to accept the spoils of war from the king of Sodom (14:17–24).

  3. Genesis 18:16–33; 19:1–29. The Lord says that he will destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the people’s wickedness (18:16–22). Abraham pleads with the Lord to spare the cities if he can find righteous people living there (18:23–33). Lot and his family are commanded to leave Sodom (19:1–23). The Lord destroys Sodom and Gomorrah (19:24–29).

  • At first Lot “lived in the cities of the plain,” outside Sodom, but he “pitched his tent toward Sodom” (Genesis 13:12). Later he lived in the city of Sodom itself (Genesis 14:12). What things might we do that are the spiritual equivalent of pitching our tents toward Sodom?

  • What did Abraham ask when he learned that the Lord was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? (See Genesis 18:23–32.) What do we learn from the fact that the Lord would spare the cities if righteous people could be found in them?

Additional reading: Genesis 12; Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 14:25–40; 19:9–15.