Women of the Word: Lot’s Daughters


The story of Lot’s wife gets a lot of attention. She is the one who looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah as it was being destroyed, even though she was told not to. As a result, she was turned into a pillar of salt. But the story of her daughters receives a lot less attention, though their lives are just as tragic as their mother’s.

Genesis 19:12-17 tells us that Lot’s daughters were engaged to marry two men before Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed. The angels warned Lot about the coming destruction and told him to get his family out. Lot went and told his soon-to-be son-in-laws to get out of the city before it was destroyed, but his soon-to-be son-in-laws thought he was joking. They didn’t listen to him and continued on living the way they had always lived. When the angels saw this, they were like, “Forget them, Lot! Just get your wife and daughters and get yourselves out!” When Lot hesitated, the angels took him by the hand and took his wife and daughters by their hands, and led them out of the city to safety. Once they were outside of the city, the angels let them go and told them, “Flee for your lives!” The angels also warned them not to look back. We all know that Lot’s wife did look back, but Lot and his daughters did not. Can you imagine how they must have felt when they finally stopped and discovered that Lot’s wife was not with them? In one day, Lot’s daughters lost both their mother and the men who they were planning to marry.

After the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his two daughters went to Zoar. Because Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar, they soon leave that city and go live in a cave. It is then that the two daughters wrongly conclude that no other men are left alive on earth for them to marry and have children by, so they come up with a plan to have their father impregnate them so they can continue the human race. The entire unfortunate account of this event is told in Genesis 19:30-38. The daughters eventually give birth to two sons named Moab and Ben-Ammi.

We do not know how Lot reacted when he found out that he was not only the grandfather of his daughters’ firstborn, but also the father. And we do not know how the lives of Lot and his daughters ended. Did they stay in the cave until they died? Where they ever reunited with Abraham and his household? We do know that the sons, Moab and Ben-Ammi, returned to civilization and found women to marry because they became the fathers of their own races, the Moabites and the Ammonites. Whatever the ending of Lot’s daughters may have been, their lives were marked with disgraceful behavior and marred by destruction and death. Continue reading

New Testament In a Year: October 25 – 1 Timothy 6


1 Timothy 6
Christians who are working for someone, must regard the person who is over them with honor and set a good testimony for God by doing good work. If the person in charge is also a Christian, then the worker should serve in the same manner and offer good service.

(3-10) False Teachers and True Contentment
Those who teach things that disagree with the Gospel of God and go against godliness, are to be disregarded. These are teachers who seek controversy, are full of conceit, and crave to quarrel about words that only produce envy, slander, suspicion and the like. We do not follow Jesus the Christ and strive after godliness in order to gain money and material wealth. Those who think Christianity is about acquiring a lot of stuff have the wrong idea about faith. Christians are content with how little or how much they have because they know that they already possess everything through Christ. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with money. But if we pursue money more than we pursue godliness, we will soon find ourselves sliding off the straight and narrow. If we desire to be rich more than we desire to know God, we will soon find ourselves plunging into ruin and destruction. If we love material wealth more than we love Jesus, we will eventually wander away from the faith.

(11-21) Fight the Good Fight of Faith
There are more important things to pursue than money. Among these things are righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. Despite false teachers and temptations on every side that seek to draw us away from God, we must stand fast and fight the good fight of faith.

Those who have been blessed to be rich, are not to be haughty about their riches and they are not to set their hopes or place their trust in riches. Riches are uncertain. They can be here one day and gone the next. But God is certain. Our hopes will not be dashed when they are set on Him and our trust will not be disappointed when it is placed in Him. Christians who have many riches are to do good, be generous, and always be ready to share what they have. In doing this, they are actually sharing their wealth with Christ and are storing up eternal treasure in Heaven.

Favorite verse: (16) Who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

New Testament In a Year: October 24 – 1 Timothy 5


1 Timothy 5
(1-25) Instructions for the Church
In this chapter, Paul lays out instructions for how different people in the church should act and be treated. Older and younger men and older and younger women should all be encouraged as if they were family members.

Older widows who are truly left alone, should set their hope on God and continue in constant prayer to Him. They should be taken care of by fellow believers. Younger widows who are able to work are encouraged to do so, so they will not have time to waste in being idlers and gossips and busybodies, going about to other people’s houses instead of managing their own. One way in which Christians show their faith is by taking care of their own. Family members and friends should not go without when relatives have more than enough to provide for them all.

Elders who rule well are to be honored. Those who persist in sin are to be rebuked in front of all, so that others will not engage in that same sin. Christians must keep themselves pure and not become tainted by the sins of others.

Favorite verse: (5) She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.

New Testament In a Year: October 23 – 1 Timothy 4


1 Timothy 4
(1-5) Some Will Depart from the Faith
Satan works to deceive believers into turning away from the faith and following false teachers. Those who do this have seared consciences and engage in legalistic behavior instead of being free in Christ and enjoying things which God created to be received with thanksgiving. For those who continue to believe, they are able to experience as good all things which come from God, because they know the truth. The truth is that God created everything and everything created by God is good.

(6-16) A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
Spending time in God’s Word is important because it keeps us spiritually fit. Physical exercise is good, but spiritual exercise is better because it helps us in the present life and also lasts into eternity. Believers labor and strive in the work of the Gospel because our hope is set on God, who is alive and who is the Savior of all people.

The things that we know about our faith are things that we must teach and share with others. Our age should not deter us from doing this, and we should not let others intimidate us because we are young. Instead, we are to follow the example of Christ and set our own example of love, faith, and purity.

Favorite verse: (12) Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

New Testament In a Year: October 22 – 1 Timothy 3


1 Timothy 3
(1-7) Qualifications for Overseers
A person who seeks to be a leader in God’s church must have righteous control over his own life and that of his family. God doesn’t just want anybody caring for His church and His people. He wants someone who has been tested and tried and found faithful; someone who is well thought of by others; and someone who will be respectable and gentle and godly in their behavior.

(8-13) Qualifications for Deacons
The requirements that Paul lays out for ministers, are the same for deacons. They must be dignified and dedicated to the faith. They must manage themselves and their own families well. Every Christian, even those who are not ministers and deacons, should strive to live righteously and be faithful in all things. But those who are leaders of others, should certainly hold themselves to the higher standards that are set in this passage.

Favorite verse: (16) Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

New Testament In a Year: October 21 – 1 Timothy 2


1 Timothy 2
(1-15) Pray for All People
As believers we are to pray for ourselves, for other Christians, and for all people. We should pray for our governmental leaders and all those who are in positions of power. Instead of criticizing or complaining or crying, God is pleased when we pray about things and people and situations in our lives. It is God’s desire for all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth which is found in Jesus the Christ. When we pray, we can be assured that God hears our prayers, because Christ acts as a mediator between us and Him. God does not hear our prayers in light of our imperfectness and sin, but in light of Christ’s righteousness and the sacrifice He made on the cross.

It is not a sin for women to dress themselves in fashionable clothes or do their hair or wear jewelry. However, Paul wants women – especially those who profess Christ – to first make sure that their lives are defined by good works. More emphasis is to be placed on inward beauty than outward beauty.

Favorite verse: (5) For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

New Testament In a Year: October 20 – 1 Timothy 1


1 Timothy 1
(3-11) Warning Against False Teachers
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul warns him to be on guard against false teachers and those who magnify the law above the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. God gave the law and the law is good, if it is used lawfully. However, the law is not for those who do right and those who have been redeemed by Christ. The law is for those who remain in bondage to sin.

(12-20) Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners
Despite his past behavior, Paul is thankful that Christ showed him mercy and appointed him to serve God. When Paul (then Saul) was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent, he was acting ignorantly in unbelief. Even when he was in this state, God’s grace overflowed toward him and brought him to faith and love in Jesus the Christ. This is a reminder that Christ left Heaven and came to earth in order to save sinners. The greater the sinner, the greater the out pour of mercy toward that sinner. No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.

Favorite verse: (15) The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

New Testament In a Year: October 19 – 2 Thessalonians 3


2 Thessalonians 3
(1-5) Pray for Us
Paul recognizes that the work he does for Christ is most effective when it is buoyed by prayer. We can do so little good on our own, but when we depend upon God through prayer for safety and strength, we can do so much more.

Not everyone has faith, but the faithfulness of God is not deterred by the faithlessness of humans. He will keep us against the devil and guard us against all evil. If we keep God’s commands, He will direct our hearts to His love and to Christ’s steadfastness.

(6-15) Warning Against Idleness
We are to keep busy doing good, but we are not to be busybodies – constantly poking into the business of others and engaging in gossip about things and people who do not concern us. Christ is our perfect example of not being idle, but staying busy in doing good works. All throughout the Gospels, we read of Christ sharing good news, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and raising the dead. When He was not doing these things, He was instructing His disciples or spending time in prayer to His Father. He was never found doing nothing. From the time of His birth to the time of His death, He was always about His Father’s business.

We too must always be about the business that God has given us to do. It will not always be easy and we will not always feel like doing it, but we must not grow weary in doing good and throw in the towel. We must keep on serving, hoping, loving, and faithing until Christ calls us home.

Favorite verse: (16) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.