Lot’s Daughters Have Sons By Their Father
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.
Genesis 19:30 (NLT)
Lot should have done this in the first place when the angels told him to do so (Genesis 19:17), but for some reason he was drawn to live in cities. Here he realized that the people of Zoar were as wicked as those in Sodom, and he thought it best to flee to the mountains, away from people who would bring the wrath of God on him. If he had been fearful of associating with the ungodly in the first place, he would still have with him his wife and two daughters who died in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
One day the older daughter said to her sister, “There are no men left anywhere in this entire area, so we can’t get married like everyone else. And our father will soon be too old to have children. Come, let’s get him drunk with wine, and then we will have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.”
Genesis 19:31-32 (NLT)
I doubt that these daughters thought all men were destroyed. I’m sure they had seen men in Zoar who had escaped the judgment of God. What they were saying was that out in the mountains where they were, there were no men.
This is a testament to the integrity of Lot that he would never have committed such an act with his daughters if he were in control of his faculties. But it is also a testament to the fact that Lot used poor judgment at best when submitting to drink. Drunkenness doesn’t excuse a person from the actions they commit while drunk. People should never drink to the degree that they lose their ability to think properly. Behold what gross sins drunkenness opens us to. That is reason enough not ever to get drunk.
Lot lost two of his daughters, two sons-in-law, his wife, and all his possessions. He might as well have lost these two surviving daughters. They were polluted by the immorality of Sodom and Gomorrah. Whatever Lot had gained by dwelling in such an ungodly place was not worth the price. Sin is never worth the price.
The Sin and Disgrace of Lot
So that night they got him drunk with wine, and the older daughter went in and had intercourse 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 had sex with our father last night. Let’s get him drunk with wine again tonight, and you go in and have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.” So that night they got him drunk with wine again, and the younger daughter went in and had intercourse with him. As before, he was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.
As a result, both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their own father. When the older daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Moab. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Moabites. When the younger daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Ben-ammi. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Ammonites.
Genesis 19:33-38 (NLT)
The closing chapter in the career of Lot is a pitiful one. Scripture is brutally honest when it comes to people. It never sugarcoats the depths of human immorality. Here is a prime example: Lot’s daughters conspire to commit incest with him, an act so reprehensible it is universally condemned. They do so in order to guarantee their future and security, but as a result they create a future where insecurity and trouble are guaranteed. The nations, which they birth, become two of the most troublesome enemy nations God’s people will ever have to deal with. Lot and his family failed miserably. Disaster, disgrace, despair, and death are written in their epitaph.
” Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows” (Gal 6:7)
As time goes on, the Moabites and the Ammonites become fierce adversaries to the children of Abraham.