Two Angels Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah in the blink of an eye
The Dead Sea is believed to be the location of Sodom and Gomorrah. The place was destroyed, so no one should expect to find much intel left behind.
Unlike the previous chapter, where the Lord himself arrived at the door, only two angels arrive at the city gate. The impression seems to be, if the Lord himself arrives at the door, his glory instantly wipes out all wickedness.
So there is that.
Lot’s character is terrible, don’t ever name your kid Lot, he was nothing but a lot of stupid.
Lot’s wife made unleavened bread for the angels, and it’s possible she does not like them. She will soon rebel against their instruction and pay a price for it.
This is the first appearance of the word leaven, and it will not be seen again until Moses frees the Israelites from the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:15).
In the Bible, leaven is always a picture of sin.
Lot is a foreigner whose presence was tolerated in Sodom. When the angels arrive at his house, men from the city storm his door demanding to have sex with these angels.
Scripture affirms only heterosexuality, and the story describes forced gay sex. Forced sex, let alone gay sex, is biblically described as sin, but it would be wrong to deem the judgment of Sodom as due to gay sexuality. In Ezekiel 16:49 the Prophet says pride was at the root of their sin.
The sinfulness of Sodom and Gomorrah ran much deeper than sex.
Rape and Sex Trafficking
Lot’s solution is wicked, and without a doubt, arguably worse than the lust of the men at the door. Lot is willing to throw his two virgin daughters into sexual slavery, a disgusting, sinful, and rebellious act against God.
The girls are saved from sex trafficking because the wicked men are blinded by the angels, and then Lot is commanded to leave the area immediately. Like an addict crippled by his addiction, Lot pleads for a compromise so he can settle in nearby Zoar.
Lot is every part the fool. The entire area is destroyed, and a fertile plain becomes the Dead Sea.
Abraham looks on from a distance and stares at the destruction in silence.
More Sexual Sin
Lot settled in Zoar and has no wife because she looked upon God’s judgment. His daughters fear they will never have children so they intoxicate their father so they can get pregnant.
Lot knew what he was doing the whole time, and will never be heard again in scripture.
As the Bible unfolds her story, God’s mercy runs full, and hundreds of years into the future, God commands Moses to leave Lot’s descendants alone (Deuteronomy 2:19).