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 19:36-38 (NLT)
Lot’s daughters permanently dishonored the name of their family with their desperate childbearing, but the root of their legacy was the caved-in worldview they adopted in Sodom. Abraham, with all of his faults, presents a dramatic contrast in his concept of the world.
- While the daughters of Lot saw God as a vengeful judge, Abraham understood God as a source of blessing, believing God’s promise of a new life and an abundant future.
- Although the world of Lot’s daughters was reduced to a cave from which they imagined no eventual escape, Abraham obeyed the voice of God that called him to leave his father and mother to occupy the land God would show him. By faith he could see from far away a new home in a distant land.
- The daughters of Lot did not believe in the possibility that God would provide an opportunity for them to meet people outside their immediate family circle. In contrast, Abraham obeyed God’s command to offer Isaac, his only legitimate son, as a sacrifice to God, believing that God could raise him from the dead or provide other sons (Genesis 22:1-18; Hebrews 11:18-19). In fact, God did provide another son, His Own Son Jesus, but Abraham’s son would not have to die. By faith Abraham children as numerous as the sands of the sea, and by God’s grace his children became a real and powerful race.
- Seeing themselves in desperate terms and completely lacking in self-esteem, Lot’s self-absorbed daughters respected no one’s needs but their own. Abraham had faith to call himself “Exalted Father” when he had no children and “Father of Many” on the basis of nothing more than God’s promise. His high self-esteem helped him to achieve God’s promise to provide all of his needs, and he became a blessing to all the famlies of the earth.
- In spite of their youth, the daughters of Lot held no hope for a better future. Abraham, on the other hand, lived in old age as though he were young, always believing that his future was better than his past.
Today’s immigrants have two examples to guide them in the spiritual formation of their children. May the teach them a Biblical worldview, full of faith, hope, and abundance in God.
Copyright©2013 by Joseph L. Castleberry.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland Washington. He is the author of Your Deepest Dream: Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life and The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus.
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