The Story of Lot

Ask any Christian about Lot and they would tell you how he was a righteous man living in the filth and sin-filled city of Sodom. They would also tell you about how God sent two angels to stay with Lot and his family while God delivered his family out of Sodom just before laying Sodom to waste. Sounds all well and good right? Of course it does because I’ve intentionally left out those parts that make Pastors and Sunday school teachers nervous; those parts that if they taught them would leave their congregation or students looking for the door. Well, lucky for you I’m not afraid to talk about them, so let’s look a little deeper into the Lot story.

Those passages that Pastors and Sunday school teacher’s breeze over when reading the story about Lot we are going to stop and analyze them. Now keep in mind that at no time will I add my own words to the scriptures I am presenting, the scriptures will be presented exactly as stated in the New International Version of the Bible. You may want to strap in, it could be a bumpy ride.

All strapped in? Here we go…

Genesis 19:4-8 says “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 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”(Were the daughters not under protection?)

Well isn’t that comforting? Nothing says I love my daughters like being willing to send them out as common whores amongst the sex crazed mob. The scripture says ALL the men from Sodom was at the door, I’m not sure of the number, it’s another one of those mysteries the Bible doesn’t provide answers for, but I would venture a guess of over one hundred men. So Lot, in all his righteousness, was willing to send his daughters out to be gang raped by multiple men. Geesh, thanks dad!

I hope you are still strapped in because it gets even bumpier…

After the sex crazed mob leaves with an unfulfilled libido the angels tell Lot that they are there to destroy the city. He is to gather all his family and prepare to leave. Lot, always the righteous servant, does as told and starts gathering his family. He ran into a few complications when he approached his future son-in-laws.

Let’s pause here for a moment shall we?

Are we to understand that Lot had promised his two daughters hand in marriage yet his was perfectly willing to send them out to be raped? Oh! I’m sorry we aren’t supposed to notice that part. Let’s continue…

As I was saying, he ran into a few complications with his future son-in-law’s because they didn’t believe him (v 14). Now why would they not believe a man whom God deemed righteous? Gee, I don’t know, maybe because he was willing to send their future wives out to a sex crazed mob! But anyway, they didn’t believe him so they stayed back. So, Lot along with his family is fleeing Sodom to the town Zoar. One would think that Lot’s daughters would go to their fiance’s and beg them to join them, but nope, not a word about that. Through all the commotion, Lot and his family was told to run and do not look back. At this point fire and brimstone are falling from heaven (v24). Okay, time out! I thought fire and brimstone was in hell. So there is fire and brimstone in heaven too? I can see why so many people are excited about going to heaven…NOT!

Continuing on…

It is at this point that Lot’s wife (name unknown) is murdered for the heinous crime of looking over her shoulder. That’s right; she was turned into a pillar of salt for looking over her shoulder. Now maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t it be considered natural instinct to turn around when you hear buildings crumbling and people screaming from a horrible fiery death? I would turn around for the mere purpose of making sure a rogue boulder wasn’t coming right at me! But apparently that’s a crime that deserves the death penalty. So, Lot offers his daughters up to be gang raped and God doesn’t blink an eye, not one word of discord from God, hell not even a word of discord from the angels in the house! Yet, Lot’s wife does something as innocent as looking over her shoulder and she is murdered by God. Hmm…let’s compare, shall we? Gang rape vs. looking over one’s shoulder… which do you think is worse?

I cannot speak for you, but in my eyes, that doesn’t seem like a very loving God that is worship worthy.

Join me next time when we look at Noah and the Flood.

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One thought on “The Story of Lot

  1. Steve Sayles December 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM Reply

    When I was a Pastor I used to love difficult passages like this. So let me address the text and your assumptions Genesis 19:4-8

    This is an historical narrative , it is not a setting down of Law , principle or precedence.
    In another blog you draw attention to Lot having sexual relationships with his daughters. (Genesis 19:31-36 ) This passage my give us an insight into his behavior you recount in your above blog.

    It has been suggested that Lot may have frequently perpetrated acts of incest with his daughters. Looking at (Genesis 19:31-36)

    Lots daughters get their father drunk and initiate intercourse leading to pregnancy .
    The daughters could not have believed that there were no men in the world. They had just come from Tzo’ar where there would have been plenty of men. Abraham, their great-uncle was situated about a day’s walk away.

    If Lot had often committed incest with his daughters then they would have known just how we would behave after drinking wine and be able to predict the consequences.

    The chances of two conceptions by two women on successive nights is very slim. So it’s much more likely that these pregnancies were the result of repeated incestuous activity. The chances of pregnancy resulting from a single random sexual act by a fertile couple is on the order of one in 50. One might conclude that the chances of both daughters becoming pregnant on successive nights would be one in 2,500. Further, the chances of both producing a boy would be about one in 10,000. However, women who live in the same household often find that their menstrual cycles are synchronized (The phenomenon known as “the McClintock effect” (although this is debated)) . So, the chances would be much more than 1 in ten thousand, but would still be a very unusual happening.

    In Genesis 19:8, Lot offered his two daughters to be gang-raped by the men of Sodom. That could be an indication of Lot’s sexually degenerative leanings although at this moment in time they were both virgins.

    We must remember that cultural view of woman at the time, they were seen as property.

    Two men who were really angels appeared in Sodom where Lot lived with his family. The wicked men of the city surrounded Lot’s house seeking to have homosexual relations with the angels. Lot begged the men of the city not to do this evil thing, and he offered up his two virgin daughters to them instead.

    To our modern sensibilities and our mistake of trans-culturally applying our modern ethic , it’s hard to understand why God would allow these two terrible incidents to occur. We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that the record of the Old Testament is for an “example” to us. In other words, God gives us the whole truth about biblical characters, their sin, their failures, their victories and good deeds, and we are to learn from their example, what to do and what not to do. In fact, this is one of the ways God teaches us what we need to know in order to make good choices. We can learn the easy way by knowing and obeying God’s Word, we can learn the hard way by suffering the consequences of our mistakes, or we can learn by watching others and “taking heed” from their experiences.

    Scripture does not reveal Lot’s reasoning for offering up his daughters. Whatever his thought process was, it was wrong and indefensible. Based on what is revealed about Lot’s life, one might wonder if he was righteous. However, there is no doubt that God had declared him to be righteous, even during his time in Sodom. “And if God rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day with their lawless deeds)” (2 Peter 2:7–8). At some point Lot had believed in the coming Messiah, and that faith resulted in a righteous standing before God. It is likely that Lot’s uncle, Abraham, had passed this truth down to him.It should be noted that the Biblical term righteous does not mean to be without fault or sin. It is a declaration made by God based upon faith.

    What we have in the story of Lot is an illustration of a man who once lived close to his godly relatives and had backslidden and was living according to his sin nature. Lot had moved to Sodom, even though he knew what it was, and he “sat in the gate” (Genesis 19:1). That sounds quite simple, but, in fact, sitting in the gate meant that Lot had so entered into the society of Sodom that he was a judge there (Genesis 19:9). In spite of his position, the men of Sodom had no respect for him because they knew he was a hypocrite.

    We may sit in judgment of the culture of that day, but protecting one’s guests required great sacrifice. Was Lot right to offer his own daughters in place of the men the Sodomites wanted? No. We can see in the story that the Lord’s messengers protected Lot and his daughters in spite of Lot’s lack of character and worldly viewpoint. Lot meant to appease the men of Sodom so that the hospitality of his house would not be damaged, but he makes the wrong choice in offering his own daughters, and God’s messengers overruled him.

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