Every year on the 1st of August I start a new Bible Reading plan; a schedule of prescribed readings for each day designed to keep me in the scriptures. This year I’m using the M’Cheyne Reading Plan designed by the 19th century scholar Robert Murray M’Cheyne. It will take me through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice by this time next year. I say all this to set up the intriguing coincidence that I encountered yesterday.
The morning reading on the plan (there are 4 per day) included Genesis 19:30-38, the story of Lot and his daughters living in the cave near Zoar. It is a controversial passage in that Lot’s daughters, possibly afraid that the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah may not be a local phenomenon, decide to get their old man drunk and have sex with him so that the family line will continue. The scriptures do not condemn the act, in fact no comment is made other than the fact the plan results in the Moabites and the Ammonites, two tribes of people who will play into the story of Israel time and time again.
Now I’ve read the passage before and didn’t give it much thought until later in the day when I was reading a post by Dr. Claude Mariotinni, Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary. It referenced this very passage and linked to a paper that discussed the moral nature of the act in the context of the times. Turned out to be a good read (if you’re into Biblical commentary).
My reading that particular passage yesterday and Dr. Mariotini’s article would seem to be equally random acts, and yet they tie together beautifully. I’m always intrigued when this kind of thing happens and thought I might bring this one to your attention.
You can read the paper on Lot and his daughters here.
You’ll find Dr. Claude’s article here.