Righteous Lot?

Righteous Lot

7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); (2 Pet. 2:7–8 ESV)

Three times in two verses Peter says that Lot was righteous. Yet, if the only commentary we had on Lot’s life came from Genesis, I doubt that we’d describe him as a righteous man. His “accomplishments” include:

  • Choosing to live in what was probably the most wicked place on Earth (Gen 13:12)
  • He sat in Sodom’s gate (Gen 19:1) which suggests he had status in a city full of extreme sinners (Gen 13:13).
  • He offered his virgin daughters to a mob of rapists in an effort to protect his angelic guests (Gen 19:8).
  • He became drunk to the point of passing out after which his daughters fathered children by him (Gen 19:30-35).
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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genesis