Daughters of Damnation

30Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. 32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 33So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

34The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 35So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 36Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. 37The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites to this day. (Genesis 18:30–38)


Friend, this is literally the worst way to get to have a baby shower.

What does the foulness of “YallsBad Caverns” show us about man? Specifically, what does it show us about Lot? If you were to go back and circle the verbs and adjectives that go with each person—and I suggest you do, it’s a great study skill— you would find Lot went and Lot lived and Lot drank. Honestly, the lesson could end right there. But we’ll go on because you’re such a good listener. Why did Lot do these things? Because he was… afraid.

What should Lot have learned after leaving Las Save-us? I don’t know. How about God sees, God knows, God rescues? Lot should have been doing the humble strut wherever he went. “That’s right, I am the only man saved by Elohim out of a wicked city. Jealous much?” Clearly, I jest about arrogance but no joking about the confidence he should have had in God, for the rest of His life. Talk about having immediate credentials to speak out on whatever needs spaking. They may not have listened in Sodom, but I bet they would have listened in Zoar. And even if they didn’t, how could you be Lot and fear any man ever again? But instead, he cowers. He caves.

What does this story show us about Lot’s daughters? What were they thinking? Well…

  • The God who saves can’t be trusted.
  • The God who sent angels, shut the door, and blinds the wicked can’t defend us now.
  • We are nothing without children.
  • We are nothing without spouses.
  • We need to fix things ourselves.
  • We need to be in control.
  • We need to make things happen.
  • It’s okay to deceive and manipulate to accomplish our goals.
  • It’s okay to manipulate others sexually.
  • It’s okay to do anything to survive.
  • It’s okay to abuse and disrespect my own family.

Oh, my word. I am so sorry, y’all. That’s the wrong list. That is my Modern Cave-Dweller List. My bad. Shall we go on nonetheless?

  • My salvation is insufficient.
  • My rescue is pointless.
  • My redemption is worthless.
  • There is nothing God could do to be deserving of me walking worthy before Him.


Stop. Stop caving. Stop substituting His rich provision for repulsive rations. Stop trying to negotiate your way into lesser things out of fear, impatience, and insecurity. The Lord has offered better, provided better, and intends better for you—His child.

Fellas, quit your pitching.

Hella Bellas, quit your caving.

I’m not mad. I’ll give you a hug if you want. But we are done casting pearls before swine. Speaking of pearls—how kind and loving is our God? He didn’t strike these twisted sisters down, did He? No, He did not. They were broken and damaged daughters, doing broken and damaged things to try to secure their futures. In sin, these women tried to birth their own “kinsman redeemer.” In His redemptive mercy, He gave who they most needed but could never provide for themselves—a Savior.

The Moabites descended from this unholy branch of the family tree. But the Root of Jesse sprang forth from it nonetheless. Ruth was a Moabite, who married Boaz and gave birth to Obed the father of Jesse, who was the father of David, from whom Jesus descended.

Tell me again how your family tree can’t be salvaged. Thousands of years later and God is still redeeming the shame of Sodom through the Son of God.