It’s D day for Lot as the two angels reached the entrance of the twin cites. They are met by Abraham’s nephew lot at the city gate who much like his uncle, insists that they stay with him. But unlike with Abraham the Angels refused to stay with lot and would rather spend the night in the town square. Reluctantly they went with Lot but were greeted by the town welcoming committee in the most horrific manner.
The men of Sodom wanted to rape the two angels and that line itself tells us how corrupt these cities had become. Lot offers his daughters in a futile effort to save his two guests. But the angels pulled him in and struck the men of the town with blindness.
The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”
This was the message that the Angels delivered to Lot and he gathered his wife and daughters and after a lot of persuasion, fled Sodom. The Angels literally dragged Lot out of Sodom. Lot thought that the disaster that was falling on his city will overtake him as he was too tired to reach the mountains, so he pleaded to go to Zoar and God did not destroy that town and protected Lot from the catastrophe.
Out of the 4 survivors of the Sodom tragedy, Lot’s wife did not survive as she ‘looked back’, Lot spent his remaining days hiding in a cave and his daughters had incestuous relations with their father in order to fulfill their so called purpose in life. But In hindsight, I think we can understand why Abraham had trouble finding anyone righteous in Sodom.
This entire relationship between Lot and Abraham reminds me of the parable of the prodigal son. The difference being that Lot never goes back to Abraham even after his ‘paradise city’ had been burnt down and he had nothing left.
The world teaches us to be self sufficient and not depend on anyone for help and while that is a good principle to live by, the one person that we can always come back to, always count on and who always has our back is God.
Probably Lot is too ashamed or too full of pride to see Abraham. Either way he never sees Abraham again. And we cannot be sure if he ever had a come to Jesus moment. Seeing that he is never mentioned again, most probably he did not.
Is that our story? Are we too ashamed or too filled with bitter pride to admit our mistakes and come back to God. People always ask me did Lot ever go back to Abraham, but seldom does anyone ask that did Lot ever come back to God?
We are more interested in mending our earthly relations so that we can live in peace with everyone but don’t give a second thought to genuinely mend our broken relationship with God.
Questions Discussed in this Podcast –
V3: Why did the two Angels visit Sodom if they did not come to meet and warn Lot?
V8: Why did Lot offer his own daughters to be raped? That’s how much he valued his daughters or was it how much he valued his guests?
V14: Why did Lot’s sons in law not heed to his warning? Were they blind? (Metaphorically & Literally )
V26: What exactly did Lot’s wife do that God turned her into a pillar of salt?
V30: Why was Lot afraid to stay in Zoar? He was the one who chose that.
V38: What happened to Lot and his decedents? Did Abraham even knew that Lot was alive?
We would assume that after Sodom was destroyed Lot would finally return to Abraham, but he rather preferred living in caves, getting drunk. Why do we not return to God even after we clearly know that he has saved us?