A Meditation: On Genesis 19:30-36 // No Fortress Against Wickedness //
by Matheus Yuhlung
“Now 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. And 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. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” So 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. The 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.” So 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. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father” – Genesis 19:30-36
Studying Indian Philosophy; one would find a recurring theme throughout the various teachings and that is of detachment i.e. to live in seclusion to annihilate oneself from the sense and emotions; pleasure and pain et cetera in order to attain perfect non erring spiritual state. But sadly all is in vain as a man is not a sinner because he sins; rather he sins because he is a sinner.
We can find the same sentiments in Lot as well. The terror and horror he had experienced through the destruction and the sinfulness of his past dwellings – he might have thought it to be a wise decision to cut him-self out of civilization as he couldn’t find one that did not sin; hence ended up living in a cave. But despite all his efforts he ended up committing incest; a sin latter to be forbidden as despicable to God in the Mosaic Law.
It is true we shouldn’t mingle with wicked and ungodly men; but we cannot build a fortress around ourselves for safety as the same wickedness that is in the world also once ruled our hearts as well and its residues still lingers. Hence; we should rather draw ourselves nearer to God – nearer to the nucleus of His grace and if you are near to that which is righteousness Himself what sin or wickedness can touch you?