Lot had escaped the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but lost his wife in the process. Lot and his daughters began their new lives in a cave.
The two daughters began to worry about the future. There were no other men around. How will they get married and have children, or as the older daughter said, “No man is around to lie with us, as is the custom all over the earth.”
So she hatched a plan. Let’s get our father drunk, and we sleep with him to preserve the family line.
The first night, they got their dad drunk, and the oldest daughter did what she felt she had to do.
The second night, they got their dad drunk and the youngest daughter did what she felt she had to do.
It’s a weird, strange and horrific story. What happened afterwards? What did Lot say when he found out his daughters were pregnant? Did he ever find out that, not only was he the grandfather, but the father also?
But, here’s the thing about God, even in this worst of family situation, God found redemption.
The son of the oldest daughter was named Moab, and he became the father of the Moabites. Later in the biblical narrative, we learn about Ruth, a Moabite.
Later in the Bible, in Matthew, when he’s giving the genealogy of Jesus, we see that Obed is the father of Jesse, who is the father of King David and then further down the line, we have Jesus. Who is the mother of Obed? Ruth. A Moabite.
Even out of this horrible situation, where a daughter got her father drunk and slept with him, we see that the their role had a huge part in the genealogy of Jesus.
God can bring goodness, life and blessing to the world out of even the darkest of situations.
So for those who are in the midst of struggles and can’t see the light of day,
For those who may find themselves in a messed up situation,
For those who may stare into the mirror and see nothing redeeming of the person staring back,
Whatever you are going through, I hope that you know that not all is lost. God is with you. God loves you. And that even in the darkest of caves you may find yourself, God can still bring goodness, life and blessing.
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Great stuff, Joe. Hope the live sermon went well!