What did Lot and Moses really see?

Throughout the books we have read in the Old Testament there have been many instances of angels appearing to ordinary people in many different ways. They have profound influence on the lives of the people they visit, and the ways by which they appear seem significant impact on the people they are visiting. The goal of this essay will be to cross analyze three of these visitations, with emphasis on the specific actions that God takes when he or his angels are visiting someone and how they react throughout the entire visitation.  

The first is Genesis nineteen when the two angels visit Lot and his family.  The focus here will be to understand his actions from the first time he is confronted by them, until he leaves the city and his wife is turned to a pillar of salt. That, along with his offering to the townspeople of his two virgin daughters to keep the angels safe in his home poses some important questions about Lot and what God has planned for him.

“Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”  Genesis 19: 8

One question that needs to be answered about this is how much does Lot’s faith in God weigh in comparison to his daughters? Also, this essay will analyze the similarities between Lot’s wife being turned to a pillar of salt and when Moses’ son Aaron died after they disobeyed God in Numbers twenty. This is the second of the three incidents that this essay will analyze, because it is similar to Lot’s story in that they were both exposed to God’s power. Throughout both of these stories, God seems to have very little patience with Lot and Moses as they are seemingly backed into a corner where they have very little options.

“He gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2

The third visitation that I will analyze in this essay is in Exodus three when God appears to Moses through the burning bush. It is unique not only because of this image, but because this is where God told Moses that he would free his people from Egypt.

There are many ways to interpret these stories, and there has been much debate on them. Some have gone so far as to say these visitations are not spiritual but in fact extra terrestrial in their nature. This is obviously a more modern approach to a biblical interpretation, but it is still easily debatable. I will use resources that include a wide variety of interpretations on these accounts, including comments and essays written by my classmates, as these will be helpful in analyzing the characters of Moses and Lot.

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1 Response to What did Lot and Moses really see?

  1. Pam says:

    “Extra terrestrial’ in nature, thank you for bringing this up! I’m familiar with this in the New Testament, but have not seen the connections in the Torah. I can’t wait to see your interpretation. You know, perhaps this weighs too much on theology, but I would argue that spirit or extra terrestrial are not mutually exclusive, or inconsistent of incompatible. I really enjoy the visitation stories, they lend themselves to such lively and open-minded interpretation.

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