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...

3 comments:

  1. Hi:

    In your second paragraph you say "Job" instead of "Lot".

    Cheers

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  2. Thanks Andrew.

    I should have retained the services of my editor on that one- but she's been kinda busy :)

    Don't know if there's a technical term for that type of scribal error- but I'd be willing to name it after you. How about a Wheateluton?


    Love,
    Ron

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  3. Shocked that this author calls himself a Christian. This article is disgusting and graphic. Jesus said, "By your fruits you shall know them." "Out of the abundance of the heart that mouth speaks," or in this case the hand types. There is nothing amusing here. This author sees himself as high minded and uses it as an excuse to write filth.

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