Why did Lot offer up his daughters to be gang raped? Why did God allow Lot's daughters to later have sex with their father?


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Stringio Bruce Morgan

Lot started out living with Abraham (Gen 11:31, Gen 12:4) but when they parted Abraham graciously allowed his nephew to have first choice of the lands around them.
Lot chose the green pastures of the Jordan Valley (Gen 13:10) despite the bad character of the main cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in that area.

Later, when some local warlords attacked and carried off people from the area, they also captured Lot. He had started out by pitching his tents "near Sodom" (Gen 13:12) but by this time he was actually living inside Sodom (Gen 14:12) and had to be rescued by his uncle (Gen 14:16).
This event was more memorable for the meeting between Abraham and Melchizedek the priest-king of God with bread and wine that followed (Gen 14:18-20).

By the time of God's judgement on Sodom (typified by the local men's response to the coming of the angels into their town) Lot was fully immersed in the life of Sodom.
As mentioned in the main answers to this question (Gen 19:1) He was now heavily involved in local business dealings and his daughters were engaged to local men who evidently were not believers in Lot's God (Gen 19:14) and therefore perished with the city.
However, Lot wasn't seen as a local, but still as a foreigner, and treated with disdain and incredulity (Gen 19:9) and lost everything he had, including his wife, and ended up living fearfully in a cave with his two daughters (Gen 19:30).

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