Scripture Reading: Genesis 19:23-26; Luke 17:28-35
“Thus He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities — and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:25,26)
It is evident that Lot’s wife did not want to leave Sodom. The Hebrew word translated “looked back” is a word that carries the idea of “gazing intently.” Lot’s wife’s heart had never left the city. She had given herself to the pleasures of the world.
When discussing the day of His return, Jesus used Lot’s wife as an example. You can read the account in Luke 17:28-35. Jesus was saying that no one knows the exact date and time of His return. Life will go on as usual, but suddenly Jesus will return and judgment will take place.
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating, planting, and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:26-32).
In his sermon, “The Folly of Looking Back in Fleeing out of Sodom,” Jonathan Edwards wrote these words: “Lot’s wife looked back, because she remembered the pleasant things that she left in Sodom. She harkened after them; she could not but look back with a wishful eye upon the city, where she lived in such ease and pleasure…Remember Lot’s wife, for she looked back, as being reluctant utterly and forever to leave the ease, the pleasure, and the plenty which she engaged in Sodom, and as having a mind to return to them again. Remember what became of her!”
Clearly Lot’s wife is an example of those who fall in love with the world. The Apostle John gave this warning — “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (I John 2:15-17).
“Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:32)
Lord, I confess that I get too comfortable with the things of the world. Forgive me when I fall into the trap of worldliness. Enable me to keep my eyes on Jesus so that I will have an eternal perspective and not a temporal one.
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