Selfish or selfless?
Our reading for Monday, January 7, 2013: Genesis 19:30-22:24 click here to open
My selection: Genesis 19:30 Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters.
My reflections: While his uncle Abraham was surveying the remains of Sodom and Gomorrah (vs. 27), Lot was settling in a cave in the hills. Although the angels had reluctantly given him permission to live in Zoar, Lot, seeing the destruction of his former city and the judgment on his wife, in fear decided to head for the hills. He set up housekeeping in a cave with his two daughters.
These are the same daughters that, in their last night in Sodom, had been offered by their father to a mob of perverse men to gang rape (19:8). Lot saw his daughters as expendable resources available to solve his problem with the locals in town. Fortunately, the offer was rejected and the daughters escaped with their lives and their father. But they had grown up in Sodom and the values and attitudes grew in them. Taking them out of Sodom did not take Sodom out of them. They plotted to get pregnant by their father. The children they bore would father the tribes of the Moabites and the Ammonites, tribes that would be mortal enemies of Israel.
Lot and his daughters all demonstrated an appalling disrespect for each other and a willingness to sacrifice others in their selfish pursuit of their personal goals.
My challenge: Let it not be said of you, “he took care of Number One at all costs.” Jesus Christ “made Himself nothing” to serve those He came to save. Make His mindset your own. (Philippians 2:5-8).
Our reading for Tuesday, January 8, 2013: Genesis 23:1-24:67 Click here to open