The rise and fall of Lot bar Haran

Scene 1 – A young man accompanying Uncle Abe to seek his fortune in a brave new country (Genesis 12 v 4)

Scene 2 – With burgeoning wealth he seeks expansion for his business empire (Genesis 13 v 11)

Scene 3 – A failed kidnap attempt leaves him unscathed (Genesis 14 v 16)

Scene 4 – As an honoured citizen, he hosts an angelic visitation, and fearlessly faces off an ugly mob (Genesis 19 v 8)

Scene 5 – Penniless caveman (Genesis 19 v 30)

Scene 6 – Drunken debauchery and incest (Genesis 19 v 31 – 35)

What a sad tale of decline! This man had set out full of faith; he was mightily blessed in wealth and protection; and he mustered all the bravery and honour he could to stand up and protect his visitors. What went wrong? No doubt living in such a wicked place as Sodom had not brought out the best in him; and for two virgins, his daughters’ morals were somewhat corrupted.

Maybe once the immediate danger had passed, they should have moved out from the hills back to Uncle Abraham’s fold, where more godly influences would have had inspired them to better ways. But he was afraid. Afraid to stay in Zoar, but maybe also afraid to go back to Abraham and admit he got it wrong. He was wrecked and ashamed, and maybe felt he needed to live in hiding. He certainly was not averse to drowning his sorrows. What a pitiful state.

But the story does not end there. True, there is no more information about Lot himself, but his son/grandson Moab had a descendent named Ruth, who is mentioned in the lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1 v 5).

Scene 7 – Lot was great….grandfather to Jesus!

So however far we fall, there is always hope. God never forgets his kids. And he can bring good things out of bad situations.


About widemargin

Retired special needs teacher, now full time carer for a wonderful person with Advanced Parkinson's Disease. 'They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.' So glad I have my Lord Jesus to help me through every day.
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