Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
Lot and His Daughters
30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man around here to lie with us, as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let's get our father to drink wine and then lie with him and preserve our family line through our father."
33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and lay with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, "Last night I lay with my father. Let's get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and lie with him so we can preserve our family line through our father." 35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went and lay with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
36 So both of Lot's daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab [a] ; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi [b] ; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.
Yes, you read it correctly. There was some father/daughter love action going on. This is a really perverse ending to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible does not condemn incest here, that will happen later, it just reports the facts.
Lot’s daughters were not acting purely out of lust here, they heard there world be destroyed and then were taken to hide in a cave. They were desperate to preserve their family line. By committing incest, we see how they had accepted the morals of their old country,(Sodom,) not God’s morals.
Lot could have and should have gone immediately back to Abraham, there he could have found mates for his girls. He did not act quickly, he had gone though some serious stuff, and instead turned to wine. That must have been some serious wine to cloud his judgement -twice. The daughters' sons from their father,(therefore their half brothers,) became leaders of large tribes that would be enemies of Israel. It is also important to recognize that Ruth, the great grandmother of David, was a Moabite. She was also an ancestor of Christ.
What do we learn from this? When we act out of desperation instead of direction from God, we are more likely to sin. Even when things look bad, God is in control. He will always help us do the right thing, if we seek His direction and guidance.
Prayer-Lord, Help us remember that things work out when we work for you. Give us wisdom and remove all desperation from our lives. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do Read Genesis 20:1-18. It’s dejavu all over again.