The angels who had visited Abraham in the previous chapter now arrive in Sodom to visit Lot and inspect what’s going on. Lot offers to give them shelter and wash their feet; the angels wanted to spend the night in the town square, but after some convincing, they decided to go with Lot. Before they went to bed that night, the entire town was at Lot’s door, demanding that he send out the two newcomers in town so that they can all have sex with them. Lot begged them not to, and offered his two virgin daughters instead. This angered the crowd, and the pressed on Lot, who was pulled into his house by the two angels, who unleashed a blinding light on the crowd. The angels then told Lot to take his family out of the city, as they were sent to destroy it.
Lot tried to convince the men who were engaged to his daughters that they should leave too, but they thought he was joking. The angels were getting fed up with the amount of time Lot was taking, so they grabbed him and his family, and walked them out of town. They told Lot to run to the hills, but Lot asked if he could instead go to a town called Zoar. The angels agreed and said they would spare that town. When Lot arrived in Zoar, God rained down fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife looked at it, and was turned into a pillar of salt.
Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar, so he took his two daughters to live in a cave with him in the hills. Because there were no other men around, the two daughters devised a plan to get Lot drunk and have sex with him. They got him so drunk he didn’t know what was going on. This happened on two consecutive nights, one daughter slept with him each night. Both became pregnant.
This story seems to mirror that of the Noah’s ark story. That is, God is going to do some genociding, but there is someone he wants to save, this time it is lot. Once Lot is in the clear, the place he lived gets destroyed. In the end, something bazaar happens between the father and his children.
We also continue to see a devaluing of women, when Lot offers his daughters to the mob. I find this just insane, and can be nothing but commentary on the worth of his daughters to him. The footnotes say that this offering was motivated by an obligation of hospitality, but really, why make the offer in the first place?
The justification for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is repeatedly stated to be that there is an outcry against these towns. So now we see God not just acting as judge and executioner, but at least listening to a jury of men. Does this mean that this is the first time that God answers prayers? Setting the bar pretty high I would say.
All I have to say about Lot and his daughters: what the fuck?
Lessons I Learned:
- God can be called in like a omnipotent air strike.
- Male strangers are more important than daughters.