Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2 Peter 2: 1-11

In these verses, Lot is described as “a righteous man.” Does that surprise you?

You will remember (and this passage reminds us) that Lot lived in Sodom. When angels came to warn Lot of its destruction, he invited the angels to stay the night with his family. Do you remember what happened next?

A mob of men gather and demand that Lot give him the angels (who appeared as men) for their pleasure. In Genesis 19:8, we read Lot’s reply:

"Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them."

Hmmm… A father offering his virgin daughters for rape and violent abuse? Doesn’t sound like much of a righteous man to me…

After Sodom falls, Lot and his daughters take refuge in an isolated cave. There are no other men around, so the daughters get Lot drunk, sleep with him, and bear children accordingly. So we can add drunkenness and incest to Lot’s character.

Good thing Peter told us Lot was a righteous. If he hadn’t, we might be excused for concluding otherwise.

I meet so many people—so many Christians—who are so quick to judge. But apparently, things are not always as they appear. Evidently such judgments may not be quite as simple as some would like them to be.

God spares Lot from judgment. That is something of a surprise. Could it be that we will be just as surprised by the people by the people with whom he chooses to share his grace and love?

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