Originally posted by kirksey957
I would like to challenge people to come up with an interpretation of the message of the 19th chapter of Genesis and I ask that it be succinctly with no more than 4 sentences.
Simple enough. Two angels came to Lot's house. The people of Sodom surrounded the house and demanding that the angels come out so the men could have sex with them. Lot declined and offered his two virgin daughters for the men to have sex with instead because the angels were his guests and therefore deserved protection. The daughters were married, so I am not sure how they were virgins...maybe Lot lied to the men outside? Or maybe they get married later in 19:14
. This may have happened because the angels told Lot they'd save any sons-in-law he had, and Lot wanted these guys saved.
is confusing to me:
And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
The men refused the daughters and tried to break into Lot's house to rape the angels, and the angels struck all of them blind. Then the angels told Lot to get his family out of town because God was going to smite the city. The sons-in-law thought Lot was lying, but the women of the family left with Lot. God told them not to look back for fear of being 'consumed', and to go to some mountain. Lot begged God not to make him go to the mountain because the mountain was dangerous; I guess Lot didn't know how to rough it. Lot asked to go to a nearby city, Zoar, instead. God said ok and Lot went to Zoar.
Lot and his family got to Zoar the next morning (or some morning). God nuked Sodom and Gomorrah and the nearby plains with heavenly smiting. Lot and his daughters dutifully looked away, but the wife looked at the smiteage and got turned to a pillar of salt.
confuse me; who is Abraham, where is he, and what is his significance?
Lot freaked out and ran off to the mountain with his daughters and they lived in a cave. The daughters got Lot drunk and one after the other had sex with him and got pregnant. From this incestuous event came the Moabites and Ammonites, whoever they are.
*EDIT* - Oops sorry. Too long. How could I summarize all that in 4 sentences? I'll try.
Angels come to Lot's house and Sodomites want to rape them. Lot says no and offers his virgin daughters, but the Sodomites refuse and try to break in. The Angels strike the Sodomites blind and tell Lot to get his family out of there, and Lot does, though his new sons in law think he's lying and don't come. Lot and his womenfolk go to Zoar, God nukes Sodom and Gomorrah, the wife looks back against God's orders and gets turned into a pillar of salt, Lot and daughters go to mountain and live in cave, daughters get Lot drunk and have sex with Daddy and get pregnant in order to preserve his line.
That's the best I can do.