Lot’s Daughters Have Sons By Their Father

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Compromise

A few thoughts are inserted concerning Uncle Abraham. “And Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he stood before the Lord. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and saw how the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace” (vv. 27-28). In his heart he no doubt had the quiet assurance that though judgment had overtaken Sodom, his prayers for Lot had not been in vain as he escaped and his life had been spared (vv. 29-30).

The closing section of this chapter records the sad story of Lot’s two daughters in a mountain cave with their father. Thinking their chances for remarrying were slim (v. 31), the two daughters took turns getting their father drunk and having sex with him (vv. 32-35). This shows how the mentality of Sodom had been so thoroughly absorbed by Lot’s daughters, that they found it impossible to reason right. There was no shame or sense of sin, no concept of the holiness of God, just downright wickedness as though their behavior was perfectly normal, like it was in Sodom. Lot’s tendency to compromise and his refusal to speak out against sin had produced these results. Moab and Ben-Ammi were the products of this incest (vv. 36-38). From them sprang up two nations, the Ammonites and the Moabites (In modern day Jordan east of the Dead Sea), who became bitter and persistent enemies.

It would be difficult in reviewing the life of Lot to decide whether he was truly saved or not. He certainly chose the worldly path. He left the fellowship of the faith at the earliest possible moment and was never restored to that fellowship. He made no mark for God and his life and family ended in disaster. The last we see of him in this narrative he is drunk and dishonored.

Application

It is dangerous for me to become attached to this present corrupt world system because it awaits God’s swift and sudden destruction. If an unbeliever craves the best of this world he will lose both this world (since it passes away) and life in the next world (Luke 17:33-37).

Genesis 19:27-38 (English Standard Version)


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