18th April 2017

Lot (and God) Offered a Lot

“See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
Genesis 19:8 (KJV)

To 21st century eyes, Lot’s offer of his daughters to the evil men of Sodom in exchange for the protection of his angelic visitors is inexplicable, if not downright evil and perverse (Genesis 19:1-11). Why would any loving father allow his own offspring to be humiliated in that way? It’s true that Lot’s seemingly bizarre solution was an expression of the hospitality – protection, even – for guests. Something which was regarded in high esteem in that day and society. Yet, the offer seems not a ‘natural’ way to handle things.

Nevertheless, despite this (to us) eccentric approach, the scriptures record that Lot was righteous (II Peter 2:7). What’s more, he and his family were spared from the imminent wrath of God when the city was destroyed. That doesn’t sound like God was too displeased with Lot’s actions.

For comparison, we might also cite the example of David. He committed adultery and murder, and yet ultimately was described as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). There is more here than simple human logic.

So, on the face of it, there could be a lesson that we can learn from this episode. And, like so many Old Testament examples, this particular incident may point the way forward to the saving mission of Jesus Christ.

Humanity, before conversion, commits acts which are evil (although, thankfully, not always as extreme as Sodom). With that in mind, it’s worth considering that Lot’s offer to the wicked citizens of Sodom was very similar to what God did for every human born into this sin-filled world. In order to protect His beloved humanity from the eternal consequences of evil (perhaps represented by the fire that descended on Sodom), God offered Himself in the form of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16), as payment for the sin that we had brought upon ourselves.

Just as Lot’s actions may seem odd to us, it is also incomprehensible to the human way of thinking that the God of all creation would offer His Son in exchange for us. But it does demonstrate the extent of God’s love for us. It was, in fact, a whole Lot of love.

Prayer
Father, it is hard for us to comprehend the love which you have displayed for us through your son. But whether we understand it or not, it is there as a gift for us. And for that we will be, literally, everlastingly grateful. In his name, we thank you.
Amen

Submitted by Philip Stevens

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About the Author:
Philip Stevens attends the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
High Street
Great Baddow
CHELMSFORD CM2 7HH

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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