I wish I could just skip the end of this chapter I wish there had been a way to avoid this sordid mess between Lot and his daughters. And when I back up several verses, apparently there was.
The most obvious way for Lot to have avoided some of this was if he had not been a drinker. I think Lot must have had a history with alcohol because the oldest daughter knows that if she sets wine before Dad, he's going to overindulge. How would Lot's eldest know this unless he had a history with drink? He is so incoherent that the verses say "and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose." Did she spike it with something? It doesn't appear that is the case. He may have been drowning his sorrows because of losing his wife. Aha! Now there is where the real solution would have been, had Lot's wife still been alive, this would never have been able to come to pass.
|Lot and his family fleeing from Sodom|
Taken from Religion in the Home (Part 1)
By Charlotte M. Yonge
Engravings by Julius Shnorr Von Karolsfeld
Published by George W. Bertron, 1913
As for Lot's daughters, why they would even devise such a scheme shows how little they had been taught about the ways of God. Daddy had just offered them up to the men of the city a few short days ago, so how would this be any worse? Mrs. Lot had perished so there was no possibility of a brother ever being born (as it appears Lot only had daughters) and now they were cut off from civilization by taking refuge in a cave. When would they ever meet a husband? Warped thinking I know, but they had been raised in a city of warped thinking. Certainly the Sodom culture had rubbed off a little on Lot's daughters. I can only say that at least they had the sense to know to get Dad drunk first. I'm glad that Lot would never consent to this willingly while sober.
So what is the lesson here? Do things God's way. When God suggests a course, don't negotiate. He knows what is best and is trying to spare us a lifetime of pain. Lot and the whole nation of Israel would have to live with his mistake for the rest of their lives. His daughters would have to explain to Moab and Benammi that Granddad was also Dad. Is it any wonder that these two father nations that end up despising Israel? Talk about dysfunctional.
I would think that if God sent an angel to tell me something, if He thought it so important to dispatch one of His personal messengers to deliver me to safety, I might want to take his advice. Lot ended up in the mountain anyway, but not without some loss. What I want may seem like a little thing, but it is the littlest things in my life that become the biggest problems. If God tells me to go to the isolated mountain, the loneliness might overtake me, but I would rather succumb to that then the guilt and shame as a result of living in the molehill.