Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lot's Wet Dreams

Most images and blogs of this debauchery do not follow the text (Gen. 19:30-38). Most suggest that Lot seduced his daughters. Or that his 'girls just wanted to have fun'. This black and white suggests neither.

Hopefully my graphic portrayal that follows is more honorable to Lot and his daughters than you might imagine. If you can imagine a more honorable portrayal please let me know.

Here we have Lot looking wasted. And his daughters evaluating their options.
Lot likely pining for his wife. Them pining for lost baby-makers.

Pining for their fiancee's that were unwilling to travel
Fiancee's that had rejected their offering. Fiancee's that were less than honorable.
Indeed, not ten honorable people in all of Sodom and Gomorrah- let alone suitors.
And probably fewer suitors in the small town that they had fled to. Let alone a man that was willing "to come in to us after the manner of the earth"(natural sex).

Lot was suffering shell-shock. Would have no part with the nearby town either. The angels had suggested shelling that valley with good reason as well. Better to flee to the mountains as they had originally suggested. Lest he still be "swept away". For his own sake and the sake of his daughters.

Daughters holed up in a cave- with a shell-shocked pining old man. Daughters primed for marriage. Fertile time of their lives. Fertile time of the month. Libido is on a longer leash. Mom is pillarized and out of the way. They could have dad pillarized in a better way. They decide to offer themselves up to this honorable man. In a way without having their offering rejected. Daughters decide to make lemonade out of their lemons. That now is the time to 'shake their baby-makers'.

They plied their father with 'hard lemonade'. Commiserated (not celebrated as is often depicted) with him till he passed out. The oldest then squeezed his lemon in private. And not near as hard as the angel had squeezed her hand.
Probably lied on her side in front of him. Seen her parents cuddle that way. Seen little sister being made that way. Less intrusive that way. Gave the old man in the cave more warmth that way. And her more control.
Didn't need deep penetration. Didn't need to break her hymen (menstruation indicates some breakage). Just needed a small squeeze.

Lot may have been dreaming of his wife. Of better days. Of making daughters. Not of making out with his daughters. That would have disgusted this "righteous" man.

The older daughter then tells the younger what works the following morning. So they plied him again that night. Hoping that the old man had the stamina. Stamina that Uncle Abe certainly had (many children after the age of 86). Biological clock is ticking. Gotta be like big sister. Before big sister starts to show. The younger daughter turns the same trick the following night. And receives a similar squeeze.

Both daughters are rewarded for their efforts. The younger daughters son becomes the father of the Ammonites. The oldest daughters son, Moab, has the distinction of some hereditary link to Kind David. Not terribly honorable tribes, however.

But then some might say that Lot was not so honorable either.

It appears to me that Lot was subtle and shrewd- not near as lewd as it may appear. Making a peace offering of his daughters to the swarm of Sodomites. Knowing that the swarm was quite given over (Romans 1:24)- to an unnatural affection for his highly-esteemed "lords". And knowing that the swarm was fuzzy- on Lot's prudish peaches. A mere appearance of an offering. Not the reality of an offering. And far less of an offering than Uncle Abe was about to make.

The honorable Lot had plenty of opportunity to be salacious in Sodom. To goof off in nearby Gomorrah. Less reason to get lewd in a cave. Particularly after just seeing God's judgment on those perverse cities.

Some commentaries suggest that Lot may have been semi-aware of his incest. That he may have woken up when he climaxed. Or was blind drunk and forgetful. The more recent NET passage linked above- allows for the text to be open to such suggestion.
Psycho-babble! He would not have got fooled again.
And if he actually didn't mind the original trick... he would not have gotten so drunk again- that he couldn't enjoy the subsequent trick. Go with the ESV here.
And there is no suggestion of Lot seducing his daughters.
No reprisals from the swarm about Lot acting "wickedly" himself.
No rebuke from the swarm about Lot being a hypocrite.
No sex deals offered to Lot for his cooperation.
And God's own testimony that Lot was a righteous man!

But is Lot still responsible for his wet dreams?

Are we responsible for our wet dreams?

Are they the overflow of our hearts?

Don't think so. Just as I don't think nightmares are the overflow of the heart either. Do we truly wish our nightmares?

Leviticus 15 does not tell us to repent of our wet dreams either. Not a sin of commission. Not a sin of emission.

Even if it did- we are now under a different dispensation. The tabernacle that would have been defiled (Lev. 15:31) by a fresh wet dream- is no longer.
Therefore the mandatory washing and waiting prior to entering the tabernacle (the old boundary stone)... is no longer (Hebrews 9:8-10).
The symbolic tabernacle that has passed away- has given way to a real tabernacle. 

A tabernacle that can not be entered into by His people. Rather a tabernacle that enters into His people. Indeed, the Holy Spirit which convicts us of the sinful emission of our hearts.

And if our heart is convicted?
Repent! And flee the Sodom and Gomorrah of your heart. And rest in the bosom of Jesus. Rest in what is honorable. Rest in who is honorable. And He will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

A rest and relief- far greater than a wet dream. A rest and relief from our sordid hearts. An eternal rest in the mercy and grace of Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus. We pine for you...

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Sin of Onan

Graphic enough? You want more graphic... go to Wikipedia. But I won't provide the link.

Ok, here we have in this graphic what appears to be the sin of Onan- Genesis 38:8-10. But it's not.
Refusing to fertilize your sister-in-law is not necessarily a sin.
Onan was not required to fertilize her.
There was no commandment.

Yet Onan made a commitment.
A commitment to his sister-in-law. A commitment to his father.
A tacit commitment to his heavenly Father.
Yet what he gave his sister-in-law was mere incest. The progeny that he promised his father was a mere lie.
And his contemptuous spew was held in contempt by his heavenly Father.
Onan's contempt consumed him. Onan's procreation was pro-rouged. Onan's own creation was recused.

Now some may think that Onan's sin was that of masturbation.  That getting his rocks off violated a boundary stone.
Yet, as the passage suggests- it was his intent, not his contents that were at issue here.
It was his heart, not his hand that was at issue here.
It was not his hand that was not right. It was his heart that was not right.

The Bible does not speak of masturbation as being sinful. It speaks of the heart as being sinful.
It does not speak of orgasm as being sinful. It speaks of orgies as being sinful.

However, as regards masturbation...

Here I find Mark Driscoll reasonably accurate and helpful (though I find him much too casual). Though he is often vilified as the "cussing pastor"- few vilify his gospel or theology. I would not dispute his statistic that the average husband masturbates a few times ("3 to 4") a week either. It would be consistent with National Health Services of Britain's recent recommendation of "an orgasm a day". Something Mark was criticized- for encouraging his married sheep to try for "one week".
Mark Driscoll- is also vilified for endorsing a website called Christian Nymphomaniacs, as well. I will not provide that link either. Suffice to say it is intended for women. And even non-Christian women will likely benefit of their counsel.

Here I find the less-casual and less-cussing John Piper (who even made a huge repentance of saying "ass") as being slightly less accurate and slightly less helpful. I would challenge his contention that "vivid and exciting thoughts and images are necessary for masturbation". I would also challenge his opinion- that "wet dreams cannot occur without those images". Though my challenges would only be from personal experience as well.

I find the less-casual John Piper much more accurate and much more helpful here.

As I prepared this blog, the sometimes-helpful-tool Zemanta automatically provided close-up images of a man masturbating. I was not offended or excited. But it was a distraction on the right side of my monitor- so I disabled it.

In closing, may I encourage you- to grow less distracted in your Christian walk. Keeping your eyes on the prize (Php. 3:14)- even if it means disabling Zemanta. Sure beats plucking out your eye (Matt. 5:29).

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Adult Content

Hi Folks,

Sorry about the adult content warning. But I suspect that if you have read much more than a paragraph of my other blog- you are already an adult. Likely a Christian and likely mature.

Consider it an additional gate for the flakes. Consider it a warning for those of feeble minds.

As the blog title suggests- this blog will appeal to scriptural authority. Whether it is a valid appeal, remains to be determined.

This blog is intended to appeal to sanctificational issues rather than salvational issues. This blog is intended to explore where the boundary markers are- and not intended to explode "the ancient boundary stones".

Strong language may be used. Language that appears to offend some sensibilities (like Grace To You's most recent snail-mail appeal for support).

Strong content will be used. Content that is hoped will offend the more prurient to greater holiness. And content that will offend those of the Pharisees (Luke 11:39). Those that seem to suggest that sexual issues are not sanctificational issues (that MacArthur letter again).

Content like- the sinfulness of Onan jerking off into the dirt (Genesis 38:9). Content like- the sinfulness of Lot's wet dreams with his daughters.

We will be talking "boundary stones". May you encourage me to stay within biblical boundaries. And forgive me when I trespass.


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