One thing I find incredible about God’s Words are that I can read a passage several times and every time I do it, I may get a different message or insight. Another thing is how much wisdom or teaching God inserts in a small series of passages.
In this I see a lesson of Sacrifice. Most see Lot’s offering up of his daughters to protect strangers as nothing more than a sad commentary on how little value women had in society then. But is it? I have to wonder if it was really an example of the sacrifice Lot was willing to make in order to protect Gods agents, much as God gave up His Son.
Other examples include lessons of disobedience, obedience, fear and greed. Obedience is shown in Genesis 21 with the telling of the fulfillment of God’s promise to Sarah and Abraham (at the age of 100), that they would have a child. This child is Isaac.
Disobedience is seen when Lot is told of the promise that Sodom will be destroyed for its wicked ways. He is told to leave immediately and NOT look back. Lot obeys, but his wife does not and, learns the consequence of disobedience; she is turned in to a pillar of salt.
Fear – Both of Lot’s daughters, for fear that they would never have children because no other men were around, got Lot drunk and gave birth to sons (Moab, father of the Moabites and Ben-Ammi, father of the Ammonites).
Lastly, Sarah again becomes jealous of Hagar and her son Ishmael and demands that they be sent away so Ishmael would not be able to share in Isaac’s inheritance. An example of what greed does.
So what is our lesson here? What are we to walk away with? So many stories, so many questions. Despite all the negative examples in these three chapters, we have the fulfillment of God’s promise (Isaac). Men screw up, all the time, repeatedly; and yet, God keeps his promise. Do we? Are we this faithful to ourselves? To our family and friends? What about, to God? Do we try?