2 Peter 2:7 says,”…and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)…”
The bible clearly states that Lot was righteous. It also states that he was tormented due to the depravity of the Sodomites but why wasn’t anything mentioned about him throwing his virgin daughters to the wolves? You’d think this colossal act would put a blemish on his righteous record right? It doesn’t seem to make any sense.
Most commentaries say that he did this due to the custom of showing (extreme) hospitality to strangers even at the expense of your own family. But this doesn’t fit the biblical model because Lot is the father, provider, protector, and head of his daughters just like Yeshua is the Provider, Protector, Head of His bride/church all in accordance with His Father’s will. Does Yeshua step down from His position as our Head at the whim of depraved men? Of course not because if we remain in Him, then we remain under His protection never to be forsaken. So why would Lot do the same?
Some say that because Lot knew the men in the crowd were homosexuals, that he also knew that the Sodomites would reject his offer of his daughters. So he bluffed them basically. Here’s my thinking on this….if someone is that bold and brazen, so much so that they’ll beat down your door and demand to have relations with a man, then that tells me that they are so depraved and in so much bondage that they won’t care where they get it from – man, woman, child, or beast. Someone wrapped up that much in debauchery doesn’t have many boundaries, if any.
So what is going on here? If they were that depraved, then why were the virgin daughters still virgins up until that point? Why hadn’t these depraved men gone after them before? And back to Lot, why did he offer up his daughters to those wicked men?
I’ve struggled with this for a long time but when I stepped back and looked at the picture as a whole, I began to see a different picture….
Here are some basic facts about the daughters:
- They were virgins. (innocent – they have not known a man)
- They were offered as a sacrifice – a substitute for the angels.
- They were rejected as a sacrifice/substitute.
- That sacrificial substitute was made in order to preserve the life of the two angels.
Is this starting to look familiar?
- Yeshua was innocent.
- He was offered as a sacrifice – a substitute for our sins.
- The crowd rejected Yeshua.
- His sacrificial substitute was made in order to preserve the lives of sinners who would receive Him.
So we begin to get a better picture. Instead of focusing on the single act of Lot offering his daughters, we should look at the overall picture which points to Yeshua and how He preserved life. Looking at it this way, I don’t think YHVH had any intention of the daughters being defiled. I think Lot made this offer in order to show us a picture, a shadow of what is to come in Yeshua.