Lot Moved to the Plain Near Sodom
Lot was the nephew of Abraham. He traveled with Abraham when they were on the journey to Canaan. Abraham acquired large flocks in Egypt when Pharaoh showed favor to him because of Sarah. When Pharaoh learned that Sarah was his wife, he sent him away with his possessions. By this time, both Abraham and Lot had already accumulated a large flocks of livestocks and many servants. After Abraham moved up from Egypt, his men and Lot’s men started to quarrel. Abraham did not want to quarrel with Lot so he asked him to choose the part of land he want to settle. Lot looked around and saw that the plain near Zoar was well watered so he moved there. The plain that Lot settled was near to the city of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Lot and His Family were Taken Captive
After some time, the kings decided to joined forces in the Valley of Siddim to attack Kedorlaomer. The allied kings lost the war to Kedorlaomer and other kings allied with him. After that, Kedorlaomer and the 3 kings with him plundered Sodom and Gomorrah
When Abraham learned about this, he gathered his 318 trained men to attack Kedorlaomer and retrieved back everything including Lot, his family, the people, and goods carried away from Sodom.
Two Angels Rescued Lot and His Two Daughters
God was angry with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah Before God sent sulfur down on Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham bargained with God to spare the city if he can find at least 10 righteous people there. When the angels arrived at Sodom, they met Lot at the entrance gate of the city. Lot insisted that they come over to his house to stay for the night before carry on their duties since it was already at night.
The angels initially wanted to stay at the square but they went to Lot’s house after he persistently insisted that they spend the night at his house. While there, the men of the city gathered around the house and asked for Lot to bring out the two angels so that they could rape them. Lot refused, and would exchanged their requests for his 2 daughters. The men did not want Lot’s daughters and kept on asking for the two angels.
The two angels reached out to pull Lot back into the house. Then, they struck the people with blindness. After that, they instructed Lot to get his relatives out of the place. Lot went to tell his sons in law but they did not believe in him. Just before dawn arrives, the two angels urged Lot but he hesitated so they grabbed his hands, the hands of his wife, and his two daughters and fled Sodom.
The two angels instructed Lot and his wife and his daughters not to look back. His wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Lot couldn’t make it to the mountain and they could flee to a nearby town called Zoar instead.
When the sun had risen, God rained burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah, killing all its residents.. Lot and his 2 daughters decided not to stay at Zoar and they went to settle in the mountains.
Lot Impregnated His Two Daughters
Because there is no man in the mountains for Lot’s daughters to marry, they came up with the idea of sleeping with their father to produce descendants to preserve the family line. One day, they got their father drunk with wine. The older daughter went in to sleep with Lot and she got pregnant.
In the following day, they got their father drunk again and the younger daughter slept with him. The younger daughter also got pregnant. The older daughter gave birth to a so called Moab while the younger daughter gave birth to a son called Ben-Ammi. Moab was the father of teh Moabites and Ben-Ammi was the father of the Ammonites.
What Lesson Can We Learn from Lot?
Lot made decisions rashly. He looked at the plain towards Sodom and found it is well watered so he chose it. He made his decision based on what look good to his eyes. He relied on his own wisdom without seeking God’s will first. It turns out that the plain he chose was near to the city of Sodom. God later destroyed Sodom with burning sulfur because of the terrible sins its residents commit.
Abraham and Lot separate because the land was not enough to hold their large flocks. Material prosperity caused strife between Abrahama and Lot. Besides, it also caused spriitual danger for Lot as Sodom and Gomorrah are filled with wicked and idolatrous people.
God kept his promise to Abraham by saving Lot and his two daughters from the ordeal. Lot’s wife looked back and she turned into a pillar because she disobeyed God’s command. Sodom is symbolic of the world.
Christians who are born again in Christ and rescued from the world should not return to it. The world including material possesions, fame, vanity and etc may look good but there are consequences attached to pursuing them. Christians must take each and every command of God seriously. We should not look back in following God.
Lot’s daughters wanted to preserve the family line so they slept with their father. What they did was wrong. They may have assume that the world has nearly come to the end of civilization so they came out with that idea. The Moabites and Ammonites were idolatrous and rebelliious nations. They became the enemies of the Israelites for centuries. They caused pain and sufferings for the Israelites as a result of the decisions Lot’s two daughters made.
The examples of Lot’s two daughters shows us that worldly wisdom opposes God. Our sins can have impact on others including our family and our own selves. Every sin has a consequence.
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:59-62)
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV)
But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV)
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. (Proverbs 8:17 KJV)
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:12-14 KJV)
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. (Lamentations 3:25 KJV)
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7 KJV)
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. (Psalm 119:10 KJV)
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. (Psalm 34:10 KJV)
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified. (Psalm 40:16 KJV)
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: (Job 5:8-9 KJV)
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:15-18 KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV)
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (1 John 5:19 KJV)
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)