Desperation

* Sinning out of desperation

In this pitiful sequel to the story of the destruction of Sodom, we see two women compelled to preserve their family line. They were driven not by lust but by desperation—they feared they would never marry. Lot’s tendency to compromise and refusal to act reached its peak. He should have found right partners for his daughters long before this; Abraham’s family wasn’t far away. Now the two daughters stooped to incest, showing their acceptance of the morals of Sodom. We are most likely to sin when we are desperate for what we feel we must have. (NLT)

Genesis 19:30-38 – Afterward Lot left Zoar because he was afraid of the people there, and he went to live in a cave in the mountains with his two daughters. One day the older daughter said to her sister, “There isn’t a man anywhere in this entire area for us to marry.   And our father will soon be too old to have children. Come, let’s get him drunk with wine, and then we will sleep with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.” So that night they got him drunk, and the older daughter went in and slept with her father. He was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.

The next morning the older daughter said to her younger sister, “I slept with our father last night. Let’s get him drunk with wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him. That way our family line will be preserved. So that night they got him drunk again and the younger daughter went in and slept with him.   As before, he was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.

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