This chapter is about Sodom & Gommorah. Plus we’ll be stopping in on Lot & his family. I’ll be talking about a theory about what happened to Sodom & Gommorah. I hope you enjoy the read.
2 angels arrived at Sodom (the bible makes it sound like it was the men from the previous chapter.), in the evening. Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When Lot saw the angels, he got up to meet them & bowed down with his face to the ground. “Hey, please come to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet, spend the night, & leave VERY early in the morning.” The angels turn down Lot’s offer in favor of spending the night in the square. But Lot insisted so hard that they wine with him & entered Lot’s house. Lot prepared a meal including yeast-less bread. They ate. Before they’d all gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom (young & old) surrounded Lot’s house. “Where’s those men who came to your house earlier? Bring them out so we can have sex with them.”
Lot went outside to meet the mob, shutting the door behind him. “No, friends! Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I’ve got 2 virgin daughters. You can have your way with them, whatever you wanna do to them. But don’t do anything to these men! They’re under the protection of my roof.” In these days, if someone was a visitor at your home, you made sure that they were safe. It was a part of the hospitality experience. “Get out of our way! Lot came into this city as a foreigner & now he wants to play judge! We’ll treat him worse than the 2 men.” the mob says. They kept trying to pressure Lot & moving forward to break the door down.
The men inside reached out & pulled Lot back into the house. They shut the door. They struck the all the men (young & old) who were at the door with blindness, so they couldn’t find the door. The 2 men say to Lot, “Do you have anybody else here, sons-in-law, sons, anyone who belongs to your household in the city? Get them out of here, because we’re going to destroy this place. The outcry to God against its people is so bad that he’s sent us to destroy it.” So Lot went out & spoke to his daughters’ fiancées. They thought Lot was joking.
With the coming of the dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying “Hurry up! Take your wife & 2 daughters, get them out of here! Or you’re gonna be swept away with the bad.” When Lot hesitated, the men (they keep interchanging men & angels) grasped their hands & led them safely out of the city. As soon as they were safely out of the city, 1 of the men, said, “Don’t look back! Don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains!” Lot said to them, “No, please! Your servant found favor in your eyes. You’ve shown me such great kindness in sparing our lives. But I can’t flee into the mountains. This disaster will overtake me & I’ll die! Look, there’s a town near enough to run to. & it’s small. Let me flee there. Then my life will be spared.” (I’ve always thought about this too! God didn’t find 10 righteous people in Sodom, so he didn’t save the city. Especially since some of the men of Sodom tried to rape 2 angels. God just saved Lot & his family.) They said “Ok Lot. I’ll not overthrow the town you speak of. But go there quickly, because I can’t do anything in Sodom until you get there.” (They mention a town called Zoar. Zoar means small.)
By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then God rained down burning sulfur of Sodom & Gommorah. Thus God overthrew these cities & the entire plain, including all the people who lived there. And all the vegetation. This is where the theory come in. There’s a theory out there that God used a nuke to destroy these 2 towns. This is due to that all the people & vegetation were just gone! Poof! And why would they want Lot & his family to move to the mountains or to another city of some distance away? According to the theory, it’s because God sent a damn nuke to wipe everything out. Lot’s wife did the one thing she was told not to, she looked back & she turned into a pillar of salt.
Early the next morning, Abraham got up & went to the place where he debated with God. He looked down toward Sodom & Gommorah & saw dense smoke rising from the land. So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, & he brought Lot out of this “catastrophe” that happened to these cities.
Now Lot & his 2 daughters left Zoar & settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. (It’s not clear if it’s from nuclear fallout or because the people of Zoar might have thought that Lot was bad juju.) Lot & his 2 daughters lived in cave.
Here’s where it starts getting a touch weird. Okay, A LOT weird. One day the older sister says to the younger one, “Our father is old, & there’s no man around here to have sex with us, as is the custom all over the world. Let’s get our dad drunk on wine & have sex with him & preserve our family line through our father.” That night they got their father drunk, the older sister went in & had sex with Lot. Lot was so drunk that he wasn’t aware when she laid down or when she got up. (Told ya, weird. But wait…there’s more!) The next day the older sister says, “I had my turn & it totally worked! Now tonight, we’ll do the same thing so you can have a turn.” So they got Lot drunk again! The younger daughter went & had sex with him. Again Lot was totally unaware of any of it.
So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant with Lot’s sons. So not only were these Lot’s sons but they were Lot’s grandsons too! Told you, weird. The older daughter’s son was called Moab (Moab means from father), he’s the father of the modern Moabites. The younger daughter’s son was named Ben-Ammi (Ben-Ammi means son of my people), he’s the father of the modern Ammonites.