70. But when he saw their hands not reaching towards it, he became suspicious of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said, “Do not fear, we were sent to the people of Lot.”
71. His wife was standing by, so she laughed. And We gave her good news of Isaac; and after Isaac, Jacob.
72. She said, “Alas for me. Shall I give birth, when I am an old woman, and this, my husband, is an old man? This is truly a strange thing.”
73. They said, “Do you marvel at the decree of God? The mercy and blessings of God are upon you, O people of the house. He is Praiseworthy and Glorious.”
74. When Abraham’s fear subsided, and the good news had reached him, he started pleading with Us concerning the people of Lot.
75. Abraham was gentle, kind, penitent.
76. “O Abraham, refrain from this. The command of your Lord has come; they have incurred an irreversible punishment.”
77. And when Our envoys came to Lot, he was anxious for them, and concerned for them. He said, “This is a dreadful day.”
78. And his people came rushing towards him-they were in the habit of committing sins. He said, “O my people, these are my daughters; they are purer for you. So fear God, and do not embarrass me before my guests. Is there not one reasonable man among you?”
79. They said, “You know well that we have no right to your daughters, and you know well what we want.”
80. He said, “If only I had the strength to stop you, or could rely on some strong support.”
Abraham was scared of the seemingly human beings across from the table for them, that did not decide to eat. They did not take the food possibly cause of unknown levels of sacrifice or just that angels don’t eat as spiritual beings. They told Abraham to not fear them, because their news was not for him or the people like him. They told him they came for the people of Lot.
Abraham’s wife overheard and she laughed, but they silenced her by telling her that she will become pregnant with a son Issac, and then after Issac, Jacob. She did not believe it because of how old she was and her husband, but the angels assured her that God can do all things.
I see this as God is the creator of life, and since the people of Lot was becoming a place for the destroyers of the essence of life, because of sinful immorality that would not allow humanity to sustain itself-God brought life in an unlikely place to further the human evolution.
Abraham was a kind hearted man who had empathy towards even strangers, and was fearful of the news, and so he pleaded with God to save the people of Lot. The angels assured him that God has decided and they have come to a time where their debt must be repaid and their time in the sun was up.
I read this over and over, and as someone who has had homosexual friends before and now, I have never thought it was just about the love of another man in these lines. The line 77 suggests that there was a form of a last test from God, where angels in the form of men came and the men of Sodom governed by Lot, rushed forwards ready to grab at them. Lot tried desperately to get them to see value in his daughters as women they could form a bond with, but they said “you know what we want” and that to me means they only wanted to have sex. They did not want to have a relationship or communion with anyone…they just wanted pure lustful sex.
There was no love in their hearts, only lust. I have a real belief that if a homosexual male really loved another man, and they lived a good life together never harming one another would be not harshly judged. It is all about reflection of behavior and the good that they do far outweighs going against the natural grain of procreation.
But I will tell you right now, the sin of lustful behavior will not be looked at so kindly. They say rape is more about power than lust, but that is lust. It is a lust for power and domination over someone. Lust is a feeling of possession and is not of love. Lust is something that can destroy not only others, but themselves. The way people date and treat each other today in lustful ways like objects-will not be looked at kindly.
Because Satan’s temptation represents the fall from grace to me, I see lust as being part of that. If there was a whole city, called Sodom run by Lot, full of people who wanted to grab at the first beautiful men that they saw….that to me shows why God chose to destroy them. It is not about being gay, it is more about the lack of love in that place and in turn the people there destroyed themselves.
an artist’s rendition of the angels of God appearing to the men of Lot