Lot was Abraham’s nephew and he lived in Sodom with his wife and family. Sodom was a very wicked city full of evil. One day two angels appeared to Lot (Genesis 19:1ff) and he insisted they spend the night with him and he fixed dinner for them. (I guess angels get hungry too) (19:3). “But before they retired for the night all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” (19:4-5)
Then Lot really creeps me out in this story: “Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing. Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish. But please, leave these men alone, for they are my guests and are under my protection.” (19:7-8) The angels had to save Lot from these men as they became violent and the angels caused them all to be blinded who were trying to get in the door. (19:10-11)
Then the angels announced their mission to Lot: “This place is so wicked the Lord is going to destroy it completely. Get your wife and two daughters and get out immediately and don’t look back.” (19:12-17) As they escaped Lot’s wife looked back at the city and was turned into a pillar of salt. Lot and his two daughters fled to the mountains as the cities burned. (19:23-26)
Lot’s daughters also creep me out and maybe he wasn’t offering the locals such a good deal after all. They both got their father Lot drunk and had sex with him getting pregnant ‘to preserve the family line.’ They birth Moab and Ben-ammi…the Moabites and Ammonites. Those are other stories…. Yikes.
Some Bible stories are very difficult for me. But at least they do not leave out reality.
“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Jesus