Read Genesis 19
Focus on verse 37-38
I see a stark contrast between the character of Abraham and the character of Lot in this reading. Abraham demonstrates wisdom, humility, obedience and reverence for the Lord, and leadership. Lot, on the other hand, appears greedy, lazy, and self-absorbed. Even when the angels come to rescue him from the destruction of Sodom, he has to practically be dragged out of the city. In the end he ends up hiding in a cave with his two daughters, neglecting to seek or arrange marriages for them – perhaps out of fear – the text does not reveal this. The girls in desperation devise a plan by which to keep the family line from extinction by getting their father so drunk that he does not realize he is committing incest when they each come to sleep with him. (One has to wonder what his thoughts may have been when it became obvious his daughters were pregnant?)
When the children are born and named we begin to realize that these are the patriarchs of the Moabites and the Ammonites who hundreds of years later are a thorn in the side of the children of Israel when they return to Canaan from Egypt.
The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites to this day. (v. 37-38)
Once again I am reminded that our actions have consequences, and when we fail to walk in obedience to the Lord, we risk creating “Ishmael” situations, which cannot be undone, and have ramifications that affect the generations to come.