01 August 2006

Lot, the just and righteous

Lot was one of God's special heroes. Out of all of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, God saved only Lot and his family. And why did God save Lot, you ask? Because Lot was, according to the bible, a just and righteous man.

And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.) -- 2 Peter 2:7-8

What did God like so much about Lot? Well, the bible doesn't say. About the only thing that we know about him is that he offered his two virgin daughters to a crowd of angel rapers, saying:

Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes. -- Genesis 19:8
(Lot was probably lying about the "virgin" part, just to make his daughters look more attractive to the lecherous mob. According to Genesis 19:14 both of his "virgin" daughters were married.)

And that he later allowed himself to get drunk and impregnate them.

And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him. ... 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: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 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. 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. 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. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. Genesis 19:30-36

But that should be enough to show us what God considers "just and righteous."

Sodom and Gomorrah

The Seduction of Lot

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose"...this suggests that Lot didn't know what happened with his daugher, and had no control so the last line is invalid.

Steve Wells said...

Anonymous said...
"and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose"...this suggests that Lot didn't know what happened with his daugher, and had no control so the last line is invalid.

So are you saying Lot wasn't "just and righteous" like 2 Peter 2:7-8 says, or that you can be just and righteous and still impregnate your daughters (as long as you're too drunk to remember doing it), or what?

Kimma said...

Even if he wasn't aware he'd had sex with his daughter, what sort of parent would he have been to make his daughters think that shagging him was a good idea?

If this was a modern story, about 'normal' people, there would definitely be an investigation into whether he had been molesting them.

Do you think that if this story was written up as a novel, but leaving out the god bits, and having Lot (let's call him Larry) making all his decisions for himself, Christians wouldn't even recognise it and would denounce it.

ray.cabrera said...

Rom 4:7-8 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

1)Believers sins are forgiven{Lot}.
2)Unbelievers sins are not{People of Sodom}.

Conclusion: It is good for our soul to believe in Jesus. :)