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Lot opened the floodgates to evil to his family by choosing to dwell in wicked Sodom. He did his best in trying to keep himself pure, therefore God delivered him ultimately. Peter wrote:

And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds. (2 Peter 2:7, 8) 

The initial selfishness that he displayed in choosing the advantages of this world had an adverse effect on own family!

When the herdsmen of Abraham’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle strove, Abraham suggested that the two families separate.

He asked Lot to choose which way he wanted to go, and Abraham would choose the opposite way. Instead of giving his uncle the best land, he selfishly chose what he cherished and left the “simpler” place for the one who would be the heir of the kingdom to come!

And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. (Genesis 13:10-13)

Lot chose to dwell in a city that was “exceedingly” sinful. And he had to pay a heavy price for it. He lost his wife; and his two daughters lost their husbands in the judgment of God upon Sodom. He finally came out of Sodom penniless. That is what selfishness does to a person finally.

The base acts of his two daughters just reveal how insensitive to sin they became after living in immoral Sodom! They made their father drunk, and committed their shameful acts.

And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. (Genesis 19:31-33)

One thing about the Bible is unique–it is a practical book. God has seen it fit, in His divine wisdom, to record not just the victories of God’s people, but also their failures! It is honest in its contents.

The Bible presents the heroes of faith as real people–men of like passion as we are. James writes:

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are. (James 5:17)

This gives us hope! If God could deal with such kind of people he can use us too who are no better! His grace is sufficient!

 Lot was innocent of this sin, but was guilty of another sin. He was innocent because “He perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose” (Genesis 19:33). He was guilty for taking intoxicating wine. (The fresh juice of the grape, which is also called wine in the Bible, is fine, but the fermented one the Scripture condemns). It is written of the fermented wine:

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1)

This sin of partaking of the wine was a means for the devil getting Lot into the bigger trap.

The following night the younger daughter takes the advice of her elder sister and deceives the father again.

Did God guide them into it? Were they doing the will of God? The Word of God, which never changes, declares:

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover. (Leviticus 18:6, 7)

The very fact they first made their father drunk shows that their father would not have approved to it, if he knew what they planned to do, as it was wrong in God’s sight.

The reason for this act was not that they were sensually minded. Since everyone in their city and the surrounding cities was destroyed, they feared that their posterity would end as there may not be a chance to get married again to someone of the same faith.

Listen to their reasoning:

And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. (Genesis 19:31, 32)

They did not trust God to provide husbands for them. They took the reigns into their own hands and brought trouble all the way down.

The names of their children are Moab and Benammi. The Bible says Moab is the “Father of the Moabites unto this day”, and Benammi is the “Father of the children of Ammon unto this day”. (Genesis 19:37, 38)

The Moabites and the Ammonites were enemies of their relatives- the children of Israel-the chosen nation. There was constant battle. On one occasion we read:

And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man. So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. (Judges 3:29, 30)

Lot’s descendents finally departed from the living God and served strange gods. Their gods were:

Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon. (1 Kings 11:33)

This is the terrible result of the sin of Lot’s daughters! Their punishment was indeed seen right through. Their evil course opened doors for an evil path right down the ages. Only if they had repented and turned to God by serving Him, their history would have been different!