Genesis 19 v30-38: Finishing well

Gen 19:30  And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

Gen 19:31  And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

Gen 19:32  Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Gen 19:33  And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Gen 19:34  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Gen 19:35  And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Gen 19:36  Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

Gen 19:37  And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

Gen 19:38  And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Lot has found himself in some pretty dire situations.  When he started out on his own he enjoyed a large flock of livestock, servants, and abundance as a nomad.  The next time we see him, he is living in the city as a leader of sorts, living a safe, city kind of lifestyle. Now, Lot has asked the Lord to send him to another city, Zoar (small), but he is afraid to dwell there as well and now lives in a cave with his two daughters.

His actions again prove detrimental in putting himself and his family in a real predicament.  His daughters, after seeing such utter destruction, now living in a remote location, fear that everyone on earth has been destroyed along with Sodom.  Archeology has shown that the area that they migrated too was utterly barren and unpopulated during this ear, so they seem to have believed that they with their father were the only people left on earth, or in the area.

Gen 19:31  And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

Gen 19:32  Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Gen 19:33  And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Gen 19:34  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Gen 19:35  And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Gen 19:36  Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

They were physically mature enough to bare children, which would have made them terribly ashamed because this was their primary duty in those times.  They come up with a plan to get their father drunk and have children to carry on his name.  This didn’t seem like a problem too them because of where they grew up, I would assume, and I also would guess that these were the daughters that Lot had offered to the group of men that had come for the Angels earlier on.  Twisted sexuality was not something that was hidden in Sodom.

This was not normal, not even in biblical times.  The two offspring that resulted from this wicked action would go on to found the nations of Moab and Ammon, two archenemies of Israel

 

Gen 19:37  And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

Gen 19:38  And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

What a sad way to end our journey with Lot.  His lack of faith and fearfulness has tarnished his example for others, his family relationships, and his testimony; this is also the last we hear of him in Scripture except where, in the New Testament, he is called “righteous.”

His is a sad example, as was Noah’s.  My hope is the same as Paul’s; that I will finish the race before me and finish well.

  2Ti 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

2Ti 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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