Genesis 18 through 20

Day 23 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis 18-20

Gen 18 – The Lord appeared to Abraham along with 2 men (angels).  Abraham invited them to rest, eat and wash their feet before continuing their journey.  The Lord said that he will return in a year and Sarah will have had her son.  Sarah was in the tent and overheard this and laughed to herself, thinking, “Yeah, I’m ancient.  I’m like over 90 years old and now I’m gonna have a kid.  Right.  As if.”  Ok, maybe not those exact words, but close enough.  God did not appreciate the thought and called her out on it.  She lied to him saying she did not laugh and he said, “Om, yeah, ya did.”  Again, I’m paraphrasing.

The Lord and Abraham were having a conversation about what God was about to do.  He was on his way to Sodom because the outcry was so great of the evil going on there.  If God were to find such evil, he would destroy the entire city.  Abraham started making negotiations to spare the city if there were righteous people among them.  Pleading for 50 lives down to just 10, God granted that he would not destroy Sodom if 10 such people were among them.

Gen 19 – Lot saw the 2 angels upon their arrival to the city of Sodom and begged them to stay with him at his house but they wanted to stay in the square.  He finally convinced them so they all went to Lot’s house.  A meal was prepared for the angels and before they went to bed, all the men of the town, young and old, surrounded the house, telling Lot to bring those men out so the men could have sex with them.  Lot offered his virgin daughters instead.  Great dad, huh?  Not.  Hallie says daddy of the year.  The gay men (all the men of the city) of the town tried to force their way to the door and the angels inside grabbed Lot, pulling him back inside to safety, shutting the door, then blinding the evil men so they couldn’t find the door.  The angels instructed Lot to take his wife, daughters and future sons-in-law out of the town quickly before the city was destroyed but the almost-sons-in-law thought Lot was joking, so Lot just took his wife, 2 daughters and fled.  Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the LORD out of the heavens.  Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities–and also the vegetation in the land.  Lot and his family were instructed to leave and not look back, but Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.

Okay, comes the part where Hallie and I stopped reading the Bible before, because we were utterly grossed out and it still sickens us, but…  on with it.  Lot and his daughters moved from Zoar where they were living to a cave in the mountains.  The daughters spoke with each other, saying, “Let’s get our father drunk and have our way with him and get pregnant to continue our lineage.”  So they got him to drink wine, the older daughter did her business that one night.  The next night, the younger daughter did her business.  Lot was unaware of anything that was going on, as I suppose he was completely bombed.  The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today.  The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.

Gen 20 seems to be a chapter we already went over but it was a different chapter.  I’m confused as to why this was not placed in or after the chapter that discussed it before.  Anyway, it’s referring to Abimelech king of Gerar (isn’t this the same pharoah as before?) having taken Sarah as his wife, since she and Abraham made a deal for her to say she was his sister.  God came to Abimelech in a dream, telling him the truth of Sarah and telling him to return Abraham’s wife to him, and he will save his house from disease and allow his wife and servants to have children as he had closed their wombs as a punishment.  Abraham prayed for Abimelech and God lifted the punishment.  Abimelech sent them on their way, saying “choose from my land, live where you want.”

Abraham was wrong to say Sarah was his sister and when Abimelech called him out on it, Abraham, in my opinion, was trying to cover his lie, with saying, technically, he and Sarah are children of God, therefore brother and sister, which I feel is still dishonest, because that’s not how he meant it in the beginning; he was only trying to save himself.  What do you think?


Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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