Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, February 22

“Holy Bible: Lot and His Daughters in Genesis 19” by grego

Holy Bible: Lot and His Daughters in Genesis 19

grego
(c) 2010

Sunday we discussed Lot and his daughters (shocked me!), in Genesis 19.

Lot was told to leave Sodom and Gomorrah; he didn’t want to.
He was told to escape to the mountain; he didn’t want to.
He preferred Zoar, a nearby city. The Lord said ok, go there, the city will be safe because of your wish, I’ve prepared the way.
Lot flees there, then after Sodom and Gommorah are destroyed, he goes up to the mountain and dwells in a cave, because of fear. (I imagine he was afraid because Abraham had battled Zoar and rescued him, and Abraham wasn’t there anymore; why would a stranger settle in Zoar? I can imagine his mind: “What if they find out?
‘Lot–you mean *the* Lot Abraham saved’ as they sharpen their swords…”)
His daughters live in the cave far away from others; their husbands have been destroyed (Genesis 19:14) in the destruction of Sodom and Gommorah.
They lose hope, sleep with their father, and have children.

This made me think about them and the contrast with Abraham and his desire for seed; the promises of the Lord; Abraham’s faithfulness and patience.
It made me think about wanting X so much, then when the Lord gives us X, we get scared and give it up for something else.
It made me think about Lot: first he goes where he shouldn’t, then he goes where he shouldn’t, then he goes where he shouldn’t; likely all because of fear. Contrast that with Abraham, who went everywhere he should, even in the face of great fear and danger. By following the Spirit, he nevertheless avoided all danger, and was even deeply blessed in many ways.
It made me think, if mother had been faithful instead of looking back and becoming a pillar of salt, her daughters wouldn’t have slept with father.
Anything else?

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