Was it right for Lot to offer his daughters to the crowd?

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God sent two angels to save Lot and his family from destruction (Genesis 19). Lot took these angels into his home. At those days, he who had taken a stranger under his protection and care was bound to defend him even at the expense of his life. Then the evil men of Sodom said to Lot, “Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them” (Genesis 19:5). And Lot answered them, “And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly” (V. 7). But the men would not listen to Lot and insisted on their evil ways. Sadly, Lot responded “Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” (v. 8).

Seeing that no words could change their minds, Lot made an extreme proposal to save his heavenly visitors from dishonor. His belief in the solemn duty of hospitality, so highly regarded among Eastern nations, explains, but does not justify, his decision.

The purity of his two daughters in a city like Sodom is evidence of the great care with which Lot had raised them up, and shows that the offer was not hastly made. The natural concern of the ancients people to protect their woman relatives was illustrated upon one occasion by Jacob’s sons (Genesis 34). The fact that such a rash proposal was made at all shows that Lot had used every possible means to change the evil but without success. He knew full well the evil of his fellow citizens (2 Peter 2:7, 8).

When the extreme offer of Lot was unsuccessful, the angels stepped in to protect his daughters by making the crowd blind. And God’s angels delivered Lot and his daughters from that evil land when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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