Bungling Lot

Thu, 21/06/2012 - 12:41 -- James Oakley

I like this description of the irony of Lot's role in Genesis 19, taken from page 274 of Waltke's commentary:

Lot tries to be a blessing but instead appears as a bungler and buffoon. He fails as a host, as a citizen, as a husband, as a father. He wants to protect his guests but needs to be protected by them; he tries to save his family and they think he’s joking; afraid to journey to the mountains, he pleads for a little town, but afraid of the town, he flees to the mountains. His salvation depends on God’s mercy (19:16) and Abraham’s blessing (19:29).

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