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LOT (Gen. 19:30-38)

God destroyed the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their immorality. But He delivered Lot, his wife, and their two daughters. During their escape Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt; while Lot and his daughters continued on to a cave in the mountains.

In the safety of the cave Lot’s daughters caused their father to “drink wine (yayin)” (Gen. 19:33-35). After getting him drunk, they each lay with him and conceived a son by him while he was under the influence of the wine, not unconscious, but also not fully cognizant of what he was doing.

Lot, like his uncle, Abraham, customarily drank wine, as is evident by the fact that his daughters were able to induce him to drink the wine without a problem. Life Noah, he drank too much wine and came to realize that wine can be a curse. Because of his excessive drinking the incestuous and unnatural scheme of his daughters succeeded. Perhaps Lot had been accustomed to inebriation, and his daughters knew it.

Two sons were born and became the fathers of the Moabites and Ammonites, two groups that manifested abiding hostility toward the Hebrew people. Too much wine can result in dreadful consequences.

This third reference to yayin in the Old Testament, like the first, clearly indicates that an intoxicating drink is meant by the word. Therefore, in a passage like Genesis 14 where yayin is used without necessarily mentioning adverse effects, it must be admitted that the word in that passage and in similar passages does indicate an intoxicating drink.

It should be remembered that the context of Scripture is Scripture. Noah, Abraham, and Lot all drank the same type of drink; all three of these men drank yayin. Abraham, however, did not experience the adverse effects because he did not drink too much wine. It is possible to drink in moderation.

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