8) Lot plead with them to let his family escape to Zoar instead of retreating into the mountains. She will never move again! From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 25, IT was the purpose of God always to maintain a testimony for truth and righteousness in the midst of this ungodly world. If God would save a man he must fetch him out from the world; he cannot remain part and parcel of an ungodly world and yet be God’s elect one, for this is the Lord’s own word to the enemy at the gates of Eden— “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed.” Did he not also say to Pharaoh, “I will put a division between my people and thy people”? She must have been a person of very small consideration, for even when it is certain that Lot was married, when he was taken captive and afterwards rescued by Abraham, all we find is this: “And Abraham brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.” We suppose that Lot’s wife is included under the word “the women.” Now the Holy Spirit never puts a slight upon good women: in connection with their husbands they are generally mentioned with honour, and in this book of Genesis it is specially so. If Christian men leave their families to go anyhow they choose, they will soon find the Lord has a controversy with them; and if the children and if the wife should after all perish, it will be a horrible thought for the head of the household, even if he be a saved man, that it was his ill example which caused their ruin. That is the first sin with most people who profess religion, but are not true to God: they begin to backslide by creeping along very slowly, they are not half so earnest as they used to be, they lag behind. 3) Lot had to gather up his family and leave the city immediately. God is about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire. Lot's wife. She was on the margin of the shower, and as it fell she was salted with fire, she was turned into a pillar of salt where she stood. “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it” (Luke 17:32–33). They were to fly with as much haste as if they could see the fire-shower falling, but they were not to see it; their flight was to be urged forward by faith in the angels’ words. Sodom’s walls without God are far less safe than a frail tent when God is a wall of fire around it.” His vexation with the conversation of the lewd townsmen ought to have made him long for the sweet air of the wild country; but not so, he again settles down in Sodom, and forgets the holy congregation which clustered around the tent of Abraham. 1) On the one hand, her husband and family were fleeing the city. We primarily read about her in Genesis 19:12-29. She loved Sodom; and the separated life she abhorred. Let me just say that there is a message here for If Christian men are so unwise as to conform themselves to the world, even if they keep up the Christian character in a measure, they will gain nothing by worldly association but being vexed with the conversation of the ungodly, and they will be great losers in their own souls: their character will be tarnished, their whole tone of feeling will be lowered, and they themselves will be wretchedly weak and unhappy. I believe that fathers and husbands ought to take the lead in the management of their families, and parents are bound to arrange their households after a godly fashion. 1) The men of the city were filled with lust and violence. Lot's wife was a professor of religion: her husband was a "righteous man" (II Peter 2:8). Yet such a thing may happen, and let those who profess to be Christians and yet parley with sin “remember Lot’s wife,”, and how swift God is to deal out his judgment against professors who betray his holy name and cause. 1) Most commentators believe that this isn’t merely a glance. What saith the Saviour? Thus he began to leave the separated path. Flight without so much as looking back was demanded of her, but this was too much; she did look back, and thus proved that she had sufficient presumption in her heart to defy Cod’s command, and risk her all, to give a lingering love-glance at the condemned and guilty world. The gaze is not long enough to single out her own house— and, lo, she is turned into a pillar! "In that day" refers to the "day when the Son of man is revealed." Such judgments still purge the ranks of the professing church, as all that observe must know, for the Lord will be sanctified of them that come near to him. This brings me to a third point of remembrance, which is this: remember that though she went some way towards escape SHE DID ACTUALLY PERISH THROUGH SIN. While the story focuses on Lot and the two cities, we get a glimpse of the attitude and heart of Lot’s wife. She was united to him in the closest possible bonds, and yet she perished. In Lot's day we understand that immorality was the rule rather than the exception, at least in Sodom. May it never come to pass with any of us that we shall leave our carcases outside of the eternal hope because we, too, do not believe in him who is invisible, but must needs walk according to the sight of the eyes. She ran down the streets, she passed the city gate, she reached the open plain along with her husband. You must remember that their flight out of Sodom was to be an act of faith; for the angel said, “Look not behind thee.” That Sodom was to be destroyed did not appear at all likely, for it was a bright morning. Many of you cannot; you may pretend to do so, but you cannot, it is beyond you. Text: Luke 17:22-37 I. She tossed her head, and cried, “Really, people must mix with society, and not keep up old-fashioned, strait-laced ways. Get encouraging stories and messages from Billy Graham delivered to your inbox every weekend. Josephus, the Jewish historian of the first century, is reported to have said, "I have seen it, and it remains at this day." Her husband had not forgotten his association with Abraham, and he could not have failed to communicate his knowledge to her. Weekend Encouragement Email Updates. She had not time to start or turn, and, with her neck just as it was, she stands as a statue of salt, a warning to all who should pass that way. Peter says that God delivered just Lot vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. We are encumbered with a host of people who call themselves Christians, but are as much of the world as other people, whose inheritance is in the world, whose pleasure is in the world, whose speech is worldly, and who are altogether of the world; and because they are of the world the world loves its own; and therefore there is little or no strife between them and the world. 1. If Lot had never gone to Sodom his wife would not have perished near it. 1) In the context, Jesus is speaking about the unexpectedness of judgment. First, remember the disobedience of Lot's wife. (wpe), Luke 17:32, A Cure for Unsavory Meats: or, Salt for the White of an Egg. Separation is the only way of escape: we must flee from the world or perish with it. First, remember that she was Lot’s wife. I'm not even gonna give you her name, so it's not important that you understand her name, you've got to understand her game. 2. You may be the child of a prophet and yet the curse of the prophet’s God may light upon you; or you may be the father of a most gracious family and yet still be an alien to the commonwealth of Israel. It's extrapolated from a text that deals with eschatology. Of course the people were a little loose, and rather fast; they went to plays where modesty was shocked, and gathered in admiration around performers whose lives were openly wanton; but then you see one must be fashionable, and wink at a good deal: we cannot expect all people to be saints, and no doubt they have their good points. IV. His separated life gave great exercise to his faith, and so strengthened it that it became a calm, unstaggering assurance; and this enabled him to enjoy a quiet, sublime, and happy career, dependent only upon God, and altogether above as well as apart from. Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. O ye children of godly parents, I beseech you look to yourselves that ye be not driven down to hell from your mother’s side. Site by Mere. Our tall at the first came from the plucking of forbidden fruit, and this woman’s death came by a look! 3) So God decided to destroy them. This statement was spoken in the context of the impending destruction of Jerusalem. “The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Look to yourselves lest ye lead others astray. When we are called to it we are to be ready to go forth without a particle in our hands. Abraham was the man whom God chose, that in him and in his household the witness might be preserved. Our first birth does not avail us in the kingdom of God, for that which is born of the flesh at its very best is flesh, and is prone to sin, and will certainly perish. Eli failed in this, and, instead of being firm, he timidly said, “Do not so, my sons.” Poor dear old Eli, he did not like to get into trouble with his sons by finding fault with them. Genesis 19:23-26. Very sweet the ci ty life became. I suppose he thought he could live above the world spiritually, and yet mingle with its votaries, even as some now do who enter into worldly company and yet hope to walk with God in spirit. Sermons Remember Lot’s Wife. He also sojourned in tents, and led the separated life, until it became necessary for him to become an independent chieftain, because the flocks and herds of the two families had so greatly multiplied that they could not well be kept together. Do not say, “Oh, we cannot manage our families.” You must do it. He lets the world alone till the fire-shower comes, but to those that profess to be his people he is always a jealous God. Sermons. This led to his dwelling near the cities of the plain, where crime had reached its utmost point of horrible degradation. We are taken from the blessings and protection that comes from following God exclusively and left to our own defense. *Disclaimer: Do note that as this is a classic sermon (before 2006), the quality of this sermon’s audio may not be as refined as compared to our later sermons, as this was recorded in a location with limited audio capabilities. Being Lot’s wife, remember that she had since her marriage shared with Lot in his journeys and adventures and trials. Lot was the nephew of Abraham and when the two of their clans chose to part ways because of the arguments that were rising up between their herdsmen, Abraham chose to go to Canaan. Listen and watch this message as Rev. And so it came to pass that Lot was forced out; he was placed in such a strait that he must either run for his life or perish in the general burning. “The thing which has been is the thing which shall be:” if our hearts are glued to the world we shall perish with the world; if our desires and delights look that way, and if we find our comfort in it, we shall have to see our all consumed, and shall be ourselves consumed with it in the day of the Lord’s anger. She saw the daily provision which God made for his people, and the joy which Abraham had in abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Whether it be so or no, it is certain that she had shared with Lot in the capture of the City of Sodom; she had seen the ruthless sword slay the inhabitants, and she herself with her husband had been among the captives, and she had been delivered by the good sword of Abraham. He was a man of weak mind, and while his uncle had him under his wing he was right enough, except that even then he had what a Writer calls “a lean-to religion”; he did not stand alone, but leaned upon Abraham. Sodom and Gomorrah were evil cities. 1) God will punish the wicked (2 Thessalonians 1:8). There is one very solemn thought, and that is that the angels’ hand had pressed her wrist. She stops as she is flying, she turns her head! Dreadful doom! To have lived with God’s people, to have been numbered with them, to have been joined to them by ties of blood, and then after all to perish, will be horrible indeed! February 16, 2020 Preacher: Jordan Stone Series: Genesis: The Beginning of the End. 3. I think I am not mistaken in the conjecture that Mistress Lot’s influence brought her husband there, and when there introduced him to the best families, and found suitors for the daughters, who had been fully imbued with the liberal ideas of the place. 6) It appears that they had to leave everything behind. To have heard the gospel, to have felt the gospel, too, in a measure, to have amended one’s life because of it, to have escaped from the filthiest corruption of the world, and to have become moral, and amiable, and excellent, and yet still not to have been weaned from the world, not to have been clean divorced from sin, and so to perish,— the thought is intolerable. 10. In particular, he warns them not to look back when the time approaches - Luke 17:31 B. 3, the Lot line, the result will be a poor affair— that is Lot’s wife. She had cast in her lot with the chosen people of God apparently, though her heart was not in it, and she therefore joined their sacred song and their holy prayer. 3) He uses the example of Sodom and Gomorrah. As a relative of Abraham, who had saved Sodom from the Elamite invasion during the Battle of Siddim, Lot was a highly respected member of the community and even became Sodom’s mayor. As part of that discussion he makes a statement that all who have read the Bible would quickly recognize. At any rate, whatever were his faults she was a partaker in them: she was with him in the choosing the plain of Jordan, with him in the pitching of the tent towards Sodom, with him in actually settling in Sodom, and I could almost hope with him in bearing as good a protest as they could against the vilest of Sodom’s sins, but certainly with him in giving up the strictness and severity of the separated life. It was Jesus who exhorted us to remember Lot's wife. She scarcely looks! 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