Thanks Yesu. For your comments:
For me, it is vital to know whether Lot and his
family were aware of the fact that these men were angels.
I can understand your
point here. There are many instances in the Bible where God’s people were not
sure whether the messengers were angels or men. Even the angels themselves did
not identify themselves while bringing God’s messages.
For example, you can
find Manoah’s Wife’s dilemma in Judges 13:6, “Then the woman went to her
husband and told him, “A man of God
came to me. He looked like an angel ….”
Then Manoah’s question at verse 11, “Are you the man who talked to my wife?”. Even though they were still
confused about this, they still believed what the angel told. In fact after the
angel ascended in the flame to the heavens, did they realize as said in verse 21, “Manoah realized that it was the angel of
the Lord.”. Throughout the incident, the angel did not reveal his name or
his identity, but Manoah came to the right conclusion by the events that
Genesis Chapter 19
tells some interesting things for me to consider. As it happened in Manoah’s
case, the messengers during Lot’s time did not identify themselves as angels.
But three things that happened in the chapter that stood out for me:
First, Gen. 19:11: “Then
they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with
blindness.” This act by the visitors of Lot was the first indication that
they were not ordinary men, but angels. Only angels were capable of doing such
an act. In fact, after this particular incident, Lot used the name of God, Yahweh
or Jehovah while telling about these men to his son in laws.
Second, Gen. 19:21: “He
said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow
the town you speak of.” It seems that Zoar was in the list of cities that
God was to destroy. But God showed mercy and greatly reduced Lots running time
and spared an entire city for their safety. Did Lot’s wife realize this mercy
shown by God?
Third, Gen. 19:24 “Then
the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of
the heavens.” Sulfur started raining down on Sodom as Lot and his family
reached Zoar. In verse 21, the angel told, "I will not overthrow the town" With Sodom's destruction happening behind, and the town she was standing spared, did she not realize that those men were actual angelic messengers? Did she realize that she was now in a town that was destined for
the same fate as Sodom? With all the destruction now taking place behind them,
did Lot’s wife still doubt whether those men were angels or mere men? Did she
realize that what those two men told was actually coming true? Was she still
confused if the message was actually from God? If she still doubted after all
this, I see a serious lack of faith here. Almost to the point of absurdity.
they could not have been held accountable by
God for their actions, since they did not know whether it was a commandment
made by God.
With all the events
happening that day, were they still confused whether it was a commandment by
God? What more should have God done apart from what he had already done for
I still think this event is unjust
For me, in the entire
episode mentioned in Genesis 19, God showed mercy four times:
saved Lot by blinding those who came to his door.
in such an urgent time, he gave Lot the opportunity to take along with him his
son-in-laws (possibly Sodomites) and other relatives, if any.
safely brought them out of the city in time.
allowed them to go to Zoar (which was nearby) rather than to the mountainous region.
In return, they were
expected to follow only one command, “Do not look back.” Was this unjust? Not
In any case, Lord Jesus gave the command to "Remember the wife of Lot". and I remember her for her disobedience.
But you can have your opinions and I respect it. Thanks Yesu, for the wonderful discussion.