Abraham and Lot – The Rest of the Story

Sodom

Moabites and Ammonites

This is the story of Abraham and Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s grandchildren through incest the Ammonites and Moabites and finally Ruth.  This is a mostly untold story about what happened to the two children of Lot through his incestuous relationship with his daughters.  These two children became tribes known as the Moabites and the Ammonites. It is a story of destruction and redemption.

The story begins with Yahweh’s (The LORD) revealing to Abraham His decision to utterly destroy all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.   You might recall Abraham’s case to Yahweh against destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, no doubt in part due to Abraham’s love for his nephew Lot who lived in Sodom.

Though this is an actual story, as the Holy Spirit often does, He hides an allegory to remind us of the scripture’s divine inspiration.  The allegory used here is a consistent theme in scripture.  It is the story of the outcome of the Spirit verses the Flesh.  The Spirit is saved and The Flesh is destroyed.

As we read this story invariably some questions come to mind.  Did God not know or had He forgotten that Lot lived there when He made His declaration to utterly destroy the place and the people?

Was Abraham more righteous than Yahweh, in that he was more concerned for protecting the righteous than Yahweh was?

Was Yahweh simply unaware that there were some righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah?

What are we missing in this story?  Who were these people who sprung from Lot’s daughters the Moabites and Ammonites?  Let’s take a closer look at Abraham’s nephew Lot.  Was he really a righteous guy?  Or was Lot just another Sodomite?

According to Peter in II Peter 2:4-10 Lot was a righteous person grieved by what he saw going on, however it appears  from what we read in Genesis that Lot had been heavily influence by the sinful culture around him.

Five things to consider about the character of Lot…

  • First of all, Lot chose Sodom as his home when Abraham gave him the option.  Did Lot choose Sodom simply because of the lush meadows or did he pick Sodom because he had been there before?  Was he attracted to Sodom and the lifestyles they practiced?
  • Lot’s future son in-laws scoffed at him when he told them about how God’s judgment was coming.  Is that the type of son in-laws that Lot had chosen for his daughters?
  • Lot’s wife turned back to her beloved Sodom.  Had she learned to love this type of Godless place?
  • Upon arriving at his safe new location with his daughters, Lot gets drunk out of his mind at least two nights in a row.  Does that sound like a sober-minded Godly man or a man who had embraced the lifestyles of Sodom?
  • Lot’s two daughter never think to turn to God for their dilemma of needing a man to be their husband.  Instead, get their father drunk and have sex with him and conceive two sons.  Doesn’t that too sound like women who have embraced Sodom?

Was Yahweh wrong in declaring that he was going to Sodom and Gomorrah to utterly destroy it and its people?

Did God save Lot’s daughters because they were righteous or because He had mercy on them because of righteous Abraham and Lot?

If Abraham is characterized by being led by the Spirit, Lot’s grandchildren are characterized by being led by their flesh?

Ammon or Ammonites receive 127 mentions in scripture.  Moab or Moabites are mentioned 187 times. They worshipped the gods of Molock, Baal and the Ashteroth.  Molock worshippers sacrificed their children to Molock.  In every instance Ammonites and Moabites are an enemy of God’s people Israel.  Of course we know it is Israel who is chosen by God to bring about the promised Messiah.  The Messiah will bring healing to the nations and restore their relationship with the Father.

So when was the last time the Moabites and Ammonites receive mention in scripture?

I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites, who insulted my people and made threats against their land. Therefore, as surely as I live,” declares the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah – a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever.  The remnant of my people will plunder them; the survivors of my nation will inherit their land” (Zephaniah 2)

 

This confirms the destruction of Lot was only delayed a time to prove to us all that Lot and his family were no different than all the other Sodomites.

The Lord always makes a way for Redemption

However, there is one redemptive story about a Moabite woman named Ruth.  Ruth was a woman who by birth belonged to the enemies of God’s people.  Yet due to her love for her mother-in-law Naomi, a believer in the God of Israel, Ruth experiences a conversion.  The following are her famous words as recorded in Ruth 1:16,

“Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge: your people shall be my people, and your God my God: Where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.”

Ruth’s story is the way of redemption for all people of the earth.

We were all once Moabites, Sodomites and enemies of God and His people.  As Isaiah said, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

Isaiah is foretelling in 700 B.C. the story of the Messiah here who would one day take on all our iniquity as the innocent lamb of God.

Ruth’s story is my story…and the story of all the redeemed (purchased) by God.

Another story you may find interesting is Why did God Threaten to Kill Moses.

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