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QQC—Blessed Incest?

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 19

Abraham had tried to save the city of Sodom from being destroyed, for Lot’s sake, but there simply weren’t enough righteous people in the city to meet the deal he had struck with the Lord. Lot, his wife and their two daughters were escorted out of Sodom just before the city went up in flames. Lot’s wife turned into pillar of salt, but Lot and his two daughters eventually wound up settling in a mountain cave.

They must have been far from any population, because the girls realized they would never marry and have kids so, for two nights in a row, they got their father drunk and “laid with him,” one daughter each night. The daughters each conceived and gave birth to a son—Moab and Ben-Ammi the fathers of the Moabites and Ammonites.

I have several questions about this. If Lot was too drunk to know he was having sex with one of his daughters, how in the world was he ABLE to have sex with his daughters? Further, why did God honour this incest by allowing them to become pregnant? It would have made more sense to me had their efforts been frustrated and for naught. Why? This “why” becomes even more important when we realize that though God could have prevented it all, he chose not to and instead turned the fruit of their wombs into two mighty nations who became oppressors of God’s chosen people, Israel. Why?

Comments

Mikael said…
They skipped over the incest bit in grade 7 religion class. I was eager and read ahead of where we were studying, and came across this. To a grade 7-er, it came as quite a shock. I remember repressing it and avoiding it from then on. I also wonder why though.
Maybe that's what your teachers had done too.

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