“But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know (in a sexual way) them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.” (Genesis 19:4-8)
Many people question Lot’s motives here. Did Lot really prefer that his own two daughters be molested by this mob instead of two strangers? Sure the two strangers were angels from God, but is this the act of a righteous man of God?
“But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him.” (2 peter 2:7, GNT).
If Lot was so “sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him”, why does it seem he encouraged it at the expense of his two daughters? Is this how "righteousness" acts? If so, wouldn't this be a reflection upon God Himself since He is the source of all righteousness?
Genesis 19:9 gives us a clue as to Lot’s true motives here:
“And they (the angry mob) said, ‘Stand back!’ Then they said, ‘This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.’ So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.” (Genesis 19:9, NKJV).
As you can see by the results, Lot’s motive here was to divert the crowd’s violence away from the two angels and turn it upon himself in an act of hospitality towards his guests. This would reveal, like any loving father, he had no real intentions of giving them his daughters. This righteous act by Lot, does indeed reflect the righteousness of Christ, who is the "brightness of His (God's) glory, and the express image of His (God's) person." (Hebrews 1:3). By submitting Himself to the judgment of sinful humans, Christ revealed that He would rather be killed than to kill. Just as Lot diverted the violence from the angels to himself, Christ diverted sin from us and "He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree." (1 Peter 2:4).