Heavenly Protection

The men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house.
GENESIS 19:10-11
Heavenly Protection
The raving people of Sodom were already trying to break open the door. Consequently, it was time for the guests to protect themselves and do a kind deed for so generous and faithful a host who was trying everything that seemed useful for their safety. Lot did not know that they were angels; he thought that they were saintly men who were visiting the churches and were teaching the Word far and wide. Therefore he worshiped God in them and honored them solemnly as guests who had been sent by God. And he and his entire house receive a very rich reward for this godly conduct. In the first place, he is defended against the raving people. . .. The angels do not smite [the men of Sodom] such blindness that they see nothing at all; but they smite them with confusion, so that even if they did see, they still could not make out what they were seeing. . .. God often employs a miracle like this to rescue His own whom He wants to protect even while enemies are looking on. This is called being deprived of the function, not of the faculty, of sight. The actual seeing is taken away, as is stated in the Gospel (Luke 24:16): "Their eyes were kept from recognizing Him."
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