Welcome again to Faithfulness Friday! Today, we’re looking at Genesis, chapter nineteen.
I didn’t make a bold commitment to publish Faithfulness Friday posts again. But, hey! It worked out to do one this week. (Cheers.) So, here we go . . .
“As a result, both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their own father.” (Genesis 19:36)
I’d forgotten about this event. Probably because it’s too ugly to think about for long enough to commit it to long-term memory. How sick and wrong. Agreed?
Minutes before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (due to the horrific sin of the people there), Lot and his family fled to safety under the direction of the Lord through visiting angels.
You probably remember Lot’s wife. She turned into a pillar of salt when she disobeyed the angels by turning back to look as she followed Lot away from Sodom. Hard to resist, I’m sure, as fire and burning sulfur rained down around their home in Sodom – and also in Gomorrah.
There are many details in this chapter that we could camp on and dissect, but today’s verse uncomfortably sat with me as I pondered the future of Lot’s dysfunctional family. And, how their life away from Sodom, which had been so ingrained in sin, continued as a deeply rooted, lifelong influence on this family, and onward for many generations ahead.
The pregnancy of Lot’s daughters by Lot himself. Horrors!
Lot and his daughters soon made their new home in a cave in the mountains. Chapter nineteen of Genesis covers the entire events of Sodom’s and Gomorrah’s destruction. Further, in verses 30-38, we see how things transpired to lead to today’s focus. These two verses sum it all up best.
One day the older daughter said to her sister, “There are no men left anywhere in this area, so we can’t get married like everyone else. And our father will soon be too old to have children. Come, let’s get him drunk with wine, and then we will have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.” (Genesis 19:31-32)
Over the following two nights, that is what they did, the older sister first and then the younger. Does that send a cold chill up your spine? Or, something similar? The stories in God’s Word can be brutal. The hideous events sometimes can be worse than fiction. (And I thought today’s TV shows were horrendous.)
Were these sisters so desensitized to sexual sin that they couldn’t see the wrong in their idea? It makes me wonder.Consequences eventually appear from our sin, and the situation with Lot's daughters was no different. Click To Tweet
As a result, both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their own father. When the older daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Moab. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Moabites. When the younger daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Ben-ammi. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Ammonites. (Genesis 19:36-38)
The family lines they started turned out to be enemies of the Israel nation. When the Israelites entered the promised land of Canaan, the Moabite and Ammonite kingdoms resided to the east of the Jordan River. These harsh nations had many great battles with God’s people as they tried to conquer and defeat them.
But, here’s the faithfulness on God’s part. Do you remember that Naomi married a Moabite, and Ruth was a Moabite? In the book of Ruth, we see that Ruth ended up marrying Boaz, who was an Israelite.
Ruth and Boaz became the grandparents of Jesse. Jesse, the father of King David and the grandfather of King Solomon. All in the lineage of Jesus.
That’s God’s faithfulness right there! Good eventually came from that ugly, appalling sin with consequences. It was a long wait, but we finally see God’s redemptive grace. And He does that for us when we flub things, too. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
I’m unsure about whether anything good or Godly came from the Ammonite line. Do you know of anything?
Because He lives~