In class and on this blog we have seen repeatedly that the religion of the patriarchs is the religion of meeting God. This same religion continues into the Mosaic period, at least as recounted in Exodus. Anyone of the camp of Israel can seek the Lord; they do it in the tabernacle, which is named in Hebrew 'ohel mo'ed. This is sometimes translated as the Tent of the Congregation, but can also be read the Tent of Meeting. Meeting whom? Meeting God.
Exodus 33 also provides us an image that is echoed in Benjamin's speech (and which I think is more relevant comparison than Lot and Sodom).