by Tzvi Schnee
November 12, 2019
A coincidence, or Divine Coincidence (Hasgachah Peratis)? Abraham’s nephew, Lot happens to be “sitting in the gate of Sodom,” when two angels arrive in the evening; he greets them, and bows “low with his face to the ground” (Genesis 19:1, JPS 1985 Tanach). He invites them to spend the night at his home. When they decline, saying that they will spend the night in the public square, Lot insists, and they accept. Contrary to the lack of hospitality in Sodom, Lot demonstrates the kindness that he learned from his Uncle Abraham, who is known for his chesed (kindness).
Lot prepared a feast for them, and they ate (Genesis 19:3). Afterwards, the townspeople showed up, in the form of a mob to harass Lot’s visitors. Lot made an appeal to them to not act so cruely; yet, when they threatened him, the angels intervened by rescuing Lot from their hands, and closing the door. “And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness” (Genesis 19:11, JPS 1917 Tanach).
The overall rescue plan ensued, wherein the angels informed Lot of the impending destruction of the city; he was told to gather his extended family together, so that they could be brought out of the city. Yet, his sons-in-law perceived wrongly, thinking that he was jesting. So, Lot, his wife, and two unmarried daughters were brought out of the city by the angels that were sent from H’Shem.
How many times in our own lives do we not take to heart the inspirations given to us from H’Shem? Do we even recognize His attempts to intervene for the good in our lives?