Are you ready
to hear another twisted story
about sex and manipulation?
It does not come from
Vogue Magazine or Entertainment Today,
it comes straight from the Bible,
the written Word of God.
It’s about two young girls
who grew up in Sodom -
a place so evil that God heard
the outcry of the people
and finally sent His fire down -
to destroy the town,
and the towns extending from it.
This is true account.
However, it’s based on a nugget of truth,
because God’s Way had been watered down
by wicked social customs created by men
who had gone bad.
This story is about
two young virgin daughters
who were chosen by their father
to marry two wicked men
from the town they were raised in.
But as was their custom -
their socially accepted norms -
the men from Sodom
preferred to have sex with men
and the role of women was to have children.
To me, it sounds much like the world
when the sons of God took human women
But it only got worse!
Here’s a summary of the account…
Two angels of the Lord,
appearing as men,
entered the gates of Sodom,
to bring Abraham and his extended family out
before the wrath of God showed up.
When Lot saw them,
he immediately recognized them as lords.
He urged them not to sleep in the city square,
but to stay the night with him, at his house.
But it was too late. The men of city saw them.
“And before they had gone to bed,
ALL the men from EVERY part
of the city of Sodom - both young and old -
surrounded the house and called out to Lot,
“Where are the men who came to you tonight?
Bring them out to us
so that we can have sex with them.”
So Lot went out to the wicked men,
and offered his daughters
as a substitute to them.
Lot said, “No, my friends."
"Don’t do this wicked thing.
Look, I have two daughters
who have never slept with a man.
Let me bring them out to you,
and you can do what you like with them.
But don’t do anything to these men,
for they have come
under the protection of my roof.”
Can you believe -
Lot offered his daughters, not only in marriage,
to two wicked men -
But he offered them up, like pieces of meat
to be raped by ALL of the men of Sodom!
Now granted -
he was trying to save the men,
who were actually angels of the Lord,
But the truth is - dark cannot touch light
without it being destroyed; so the angels
would have destroyed those men
if they had tried to touch them.
But Lot had lost his common sense.
He called those wicked men “friends”
probably because he had lived -
participating in their customs, for far too long.
But the Lord showed mercy to Abraham,
And chose to graft Lot in,
by saving him and his family
from the wrath of God.
The angels of the Lord
were even going to save
the wicked men who were betrothed
to Lot’s daughters,
but the men refused to listen
and thought Lot was making it all up.
Sounds like the people I know today.
When you share the truth in love -
they scoff it off as nonsense -
and continue to believe
that since God is love
they don’t have to follow in His ways.
Since they say “God is good” -
there is no fear of the Lord.
Now Lot had a wife,
who probably came from Sodom,
because when she was running
with Lot and her girls, for Bela,
otherwise known as small town of Zoar,
she defied the angel of the Lord
and looked back at Sodom.
When she saw the wrath of God,
she became a pillar of salt.
But Lot and his daughters
were saved that day,
and after taking refuge in Zoar,
they went to live in a cave.
And this is where the story
gets even more twisted -
keep on listening.
The scripture says
they went to live in the mountains,
“for he was afraid to stay in Zoar.”
Perhaps Lot saw in Zoar
a people who were wicked?
And after being saved,
and seeing his home destroyed,
maybe he had gained
a healthy fear for the Lord?
Maybe that is why Lot was afraid
to stay in the town of Zoar?
Perhaps Lot thought,
“if I take my girls away,
to the mountains - to live in a cave,
away from wicked men - then I can save them
from experiencing further destruction?”
But Lot did not consider the social dilemma -
the twisted thinking that had been implanted
in his daughters by a wicked and corrupt culture
that they lived in, in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Listen to what they did.
Genesis 19:32-33 says,
“One day the older daughter said to the younger,
“Our father is old, and there is no man
around here to give us children -
as is the custom all over the earth.
Let’s get our father to drink wine
and then sleep with him
and preserve our family line
through our father.”
The girls believed that since their role
was to have children, then they would have to
have sex with their father, the only male,
to preserve the family line.
And yet, she knew it was wrong.
She said they would need
to get their father drunk
so that he would not know
what was happening to him.
they got their father to drink wine,
and the older daughter went in
and slept with him.
He was not aware of it when she lay down
or when she got up.
The next day, the older daughter
said to the younger,
“Last night I slept with my father.
Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight,
and you go in and sleep with him
so we can preserve our family line
through our father.”
So they got their father
to drink wine that night also,
and the younger daughter went in
and slept with him.
Again he was not aware of it
when she lay down
or when she got up.”
“So both of Lot’s daughters
became pregnant by their father.
The older daughter had a son,
and she named him Moab;
he is the father of the Moabites today.
The younger daughter also had a son,
and she named him Ben-Ammi;
he is the father of the Ammonites today.”
I have to say, many years ago,
when I first read this story,
I thought those girls were totally crazy!
But now, after growing up in a culture,
where "wicked is good and good is wicked,"
I see how easy it is for social norms seep in -
like the serpent did in the Garden
with Adam and Eve.
I see how the Word of God
has been twisted
to fit into the wicked minds of men,
and how it gets even more insidious
with the passing of generations.
These girls were a product of their society.
Their identity was wrapped up in motherhood.
Women had no worth -
the men of Sodom didn’t even want
to have sex with them.
They were not even protected
by their future husbands.
They were nothing more than pieces of meat
to be thrown out and abused.
Imagine what they had learned.
In the girls twisted little minds,
they thought they were doing something good -
they thought they were preserving the family line.
And that is what they did!
They gave birth to two sons,
two nations who would cause
much irritation to the chosen people of God.
Moab, the emerald in the sand,
would comprise a people who would live
just beyond the Jordan -
just short of the promised land.
Moab would be a source of war.
Ammon lived just north of Moab,
and they also made war with Israel.
Deuteronomy 23:3 says,
“No Ammonite or Moabite
or any of their descendants
may enter the assembly of the LORD,
not even in the tenth generation.”
This is what happens when people sin,
and take matters into their own hands.
We just saw this with the decision
of Abraham and Sarah,
and the birth of Ishmael,
and now - we see it again -
with Lot’s daughters
taking matters into their own hands
and giving birth to Moab and Ammon.
Lord help us learn a lesson from this.
Help us teach our children the truth.
Help us to show your love
and teach our children
that fear of the Lord is for our own good.
Help us not take matters into our own hands.
Give us the endurance
to wait patiently on the Lord.
Protect our eyes and ears from wickedness,
and send an angel of the Lord
to grab our hands
and lead us into safe passages.
Thank you for your Holy Spirit
who continues to guide us
into your righteousness.
We love you.