Genesis Lesson 12 Day 5

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Genesis 19:30-38

The descendents of Lot

13. Lot’s daughters’ plan

The oldest daughter suggested a plan to get their father drunk, and then each of them have sex with him to preserve their family line.

She reasoned that their father was getting old and wouldn’t be able to get them pregnant much longer, and there weren’t any other men around for them to marry.

They were adversely impacted by growing up in Sodom and didn’t have faith that God could make a way when it looked impossible. He delivered them from destruction, and they wrongly assumed that was the end of His plan for their lives.

Granted, they were in a vulnerable place emotionally. They lost their future husbands, their mother, and now they’re living in a cave with their aging father.

In times like that, we must guard our hearts. God never says, “Desperate times call for desperate measures, so do whatever you want.”

Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

14. Justifications

Sarah suggested Abraham have a baby with Hagar because they were getting older.

Many base their choices on their opinions because they consider the Bible old-fashioned and irrelevant. 

I recently heard a young teenage girl say, “You can’t help who you love.” as a justification for homosexuality. If that justification is okay, then could it apply to pedophilia? 

Some justify petty theft, looting, violence, and property destruction. 

15. Nations descended from Lot

Ammonites and Moabites

Numbers 25:1

[While] Israel stayed in Shittim; and the people began to play the prostitute with the daughters of Moab;” 

Deuteronomy 2:9 instructs the Israelites not to trouble the inhabitants of Moab because God had given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession.

Deuteronomy 2:19

When you come near the border of the children of Ammon, don’t bother them, nor contend with them; for I will not give you any of the land of the children of Ammon for a possession, because I have given it to the children of Lot for a possession. 

Deuteronomy 23:3-5

An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into Yahweh’s assembly; even to the tenth generation shall no one belonging to them enter into Yahweh’s assembly forever, because they didn’t meet you with bread and with water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. Nevertheless, Yahweh your God wouldn’t listen to Balaam, but Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing to you, because Yahweh your God loved you. 

Judges 3:29

“They struck at that time about ten thousand men of Moab, every strong man and every man of valor. No man escaped.” 

Nehemiah 13:1-2

On that day they read in the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and it was found written in it that an Ammonite and a Moabite should not enter into the assembly of God forever, because they didn’t meet the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, to curse them; however, our God turned the curse into a blessing. 

Ruth 1:4; 4:13-17; Matthew 1:5-6

In God’s great mercy, Ruth, a Moabitess, appears in the lineage of Jesus Christ. 

In Jeremiah 48:47, the Lord promises to “restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days.”

Ezekiel 25:3-6

Because Ammon cheered when the Lord’s temple was defiled and mocked Israel, God would allow nomads to overrun and take over their land, city, produce and livestock.

16. God is VERY merciful.

The Lord spared Lot and remembered his descendents even though he made a selfish, worldly choice by choosing Sodom, ignored a serious warning and went back to Sodom after they were kidnapped (and rescued by Abraham), offered his own daughters to a crowd of violent perverts, dilly dallied when warned to run for their lives, all of his descendents were the result of incest, and scripture still calls him righteous!

Remember Lot’s wife—Luke 17:32

. . . as we see the end of the age, no Christian should have a heart like Lot’s wife. We should not have a heart that longs for a corrupt and passing world. We should not have a heart that will in some sense regret the judgment God will bring on it.

We need to look forward to our deliverance, not back at a world passing away and ripe for judgment.1

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6 Strong’s Concordance, public domain

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