Don't know her name, but the
wife of Lot
paid a high price for living in the past.
Learn how looking back can
sometimes keep us from moving ahead in this
of the Bible
concerning the final days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Lot's wife disobeyed God and was turned to a pillar
of salt. The Old
Testament is full of
life lessons such as this one.
Wife Turns to Salt
With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot,
saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two
daughters who are here, or you will be swept away
when the city is punished."
16 When he hesitated, the men
grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of
his two daughters and led them safely out of the
city, for the LORD was merciful to them.
17 As soon as they had
brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your
lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in
the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be
18 But Lot said to them, "No,
my lords, please!
19 Your servant has found
favor in your eyes, and you have shown great
kindness to me in sparing my life.
But I can't flee to the
mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I'll
20 Look, here is a town near
enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to
itit is very small, isn't it? Then my life
will be spared."
21 He said to him, "Very
well, I will grant this request too; I will not
overthrow the town you speak of.
22 But flee there quickly,
because I cannot do anything until you reach it."
(That is why the town was called Zoar. )
23 By the time Lot reached
Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.
24 Then the LORD rained down
burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrahfrom the
LORD out of the heavens.
25 Thus he overthrew those
cities and the entire plain, including all those
living in the citiesand also the vegetation
in the land.
26 But Lot's wife looked
back, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 Early the next morning
Abraham got up and returned to the place where he
had stood before the LORD.
28 He looked down toward
Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the
plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land,
like smoke from a furnace.
29 So when God destroyed the
cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he
brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew
the cities where Lot had lived.
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by Bob Pardue
Gomorrah, Lot's Wife
This passage about Sodom and
Gomorrah really begins back in Genesis
19:1 when the angels
appeared in the square of Sodom.
I suggest taking another look
at the passages leading up to verse 15 because they
will give you more insight as to what was going on
in Sodom and Gomorrah at the time of this
Lot had protected the angels
from a crowd who wanted to defile them by offering
his own daughters up for rape by the raging mob.
This tells the story of how
low these two cities had become.
Still, Lot had hesitated to
leave his home.
Holding on to Material
You see, Lot had a great deal
of wealth and possessions in Sodom so leaving the
city was the furthermost thing on his mind.
We may decide from this study
that Lot was greedy and self-centered but what
Lot's choice seems clear with
our 20/20 hindsight but he was drawn in by the
glitz and glimmer of a sin city with attractions
made of paper.
The Temptation of -
We also live in a world of
temptation and worldly pleasure. We can purchase
almost anything under the sun and it becomes easier
to ignore God's calling for our lives. Our society
is becoming more like Sodom and Gomorrah so we need
to be careful not to fall into the trap as Lot
Lot's wife held on to the
past and what she left behind by "looking back".
Just as she was turned to a
pillar of salt, we will have no future as long as
we pine over things lost - so let's move forward in
what God is asking us to do.
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
decision to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
John 3:16 and learn