Lot's daughters

Lot’s Daughters – Consequences of Incest

Bible Study Lessons from Genesis 19:30-38

Lot's daughters

Lot was old and his two daughters wanted heirs so they made a decision of incest that would impact the future history of Israel. This lesson from the Bible reveals how Lot’s daughters make a hasty decision to sleep with their father.

We’ll look at the consequence of their actions.

The Decision of Lot’s Daughters

Lot went up from Zoar, and stayed in the mountains, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters.

Then the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of the earth.

Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve our family through our father.”

So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

On the following day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve our family through our father.”

So they made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger arose and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

The firstborn bore a son, and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.

As for the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Ben-ammi; he is the father of the sons of Ammon to this day. – Genesis 19:30-38 NASB

Were Lot’s Daughters Wrong to Sleep with Their Father?

Of course they were wrong, even if they were from Sodom and raised in a world of sin and corruption.

One point to remember about studying the Bible is that, in many cases, it just states the facts.

Scripture gives us the good and the bad. People like David, Samson and Moses were all sinners who sometimes did terrible things. But God used them in a mighty way for His purpose.

These verses in Genesis record the events without judgment but the Bible clearly states in other books (Deuteronomy, Corinthians, Ezekiel) that incest is clearly wrong.

And, in modern times, we know that it also has negative genetic consequences for the offspring.

Daughters of Lot and The Consequences of Incest

As a result of Lot’s daughters becoming pregnant by him, they delivered what would become two of the greatest adversaries of Israel, the Ammorites and Moabites.

The Bible doesn’t clearly state that the enemy factor was a punishment for the daughters’ sin but there are always benefits or consequences for actions, good or bad.

Our Choices

The lesson for us is to think about the long term effects of decisions we make. Decide whether or not the outcome will be positive or negative. Pray. Then decide which course to take.

If we ask God to direct our decisions they will be in tune with His will. God knows the future – we don’t.

Lot’s daughters made a hasty decision and, in just two nights, created a seemingly never-ending situation for a nation. Let’s try not to make the same kind of mistakes in our lives.

Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to learn how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.


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