Not everybody is expected to read Holy Scripture with a magnifying glass. But if one gives Genesis 19: 1-11 more than casual reading, they will discover something that doesn’t quite make sense from the literal meaning of the words.
The scenario opens with Lot (Abraham’s brother’s son) living in the “wicked” city of Sodom. Lot is visited by angels whom he gladly lets enter the house and prepares a feast for them. The obvious point here is that God is giving Lot special attention in spite of his living in a doomed city.
Soon after the feast, Lot’s house becomes surrounded by angry men from the city of Sodom. They shout out into the house for Lot to bring his special guests out so that they can have their way with them (the term sodomy comes from the word “Sodom”).
The first bizarre thing about this story is why would spiritual creatures like angels need terrestrial food and shelter? And why would God’s angels be in any real danger of getting raped?
Next, Lot goes out the front door to reason with the men and even offers to give them his virgin daughters if they leave the angels alone (good grief!) The wicked men refuse the virgins and begin moving closer to attack Lot.
But the angels pull Lot back inside the safety of the house and shut the door. Amazingly, the wicked men become so blinded by hatred that they cannot find the door to the front of the house.
How is that possible? How could the mob surround the house and not see the door that Lot used? And why would the angels need to shut the door if was really invisible?
Things continue to get screwy. The evil men outside Lot’s house threaten to destroy the place and say that they will do so because they are following Jehovah’s orders. Lot then goes outside the house again, where there is still an angry mob, and tells his future sons-in-law (who are presumably among the mob) to get out of the city while the going is good.
The reason why the events of this story unfold in such an odd, nonsensical way, is that they were not written to be interpreted LITERALLY. Rather, they were written to convey a deeper psycho-spiritual lesson. For instance, when two people cannot see “eye to eye,” it clearly means that they do not share a similar understanding.
Lot and the men of Sodom shared a different understanding about God and true faith. The wicked men did not seek the angels for homosexual rape, but to do blasphemy and harm to the Lord’s doctrines of love and faith. Lot’s house was a ”place” that represented God’s shelter when one lives by the proper tenets of faith. This is the reason why the evil men could not see the door to the house after Lot was pulled back inside by the angels.
A door symbolizes access. In this case, the door to Lots house represents access to God’s Truth and Love, from religious principles. The men of Sodom did not see eye-to-eye with Lot who lived those religious principles, and therefore, were totally blind as to how to gain access to the Lord God’s heavenly mercy. On a higher spiritual level, Lot’s “home” represents dwelling in God’s precepts.
Being open to the idea that the Lord God’s Holy Word contains higher messages that are more uniquely focused on the deeper needs of your spirit will open up new doors for you and allow you to gain a new perspective on the authority of Scripture.
Do you believe that the Holy Word can contain ever-deeper levels of God’s Infinite Wisdom within its historical and prophetical narratives? Or do you believe that symbolic writing simply goes beyond God’s creative capacity to communicate?