(Genesis 19; Luke 17:32)
Lot’s family lost a lot in a very short time. Their house and livelihood were burned up, Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt (leaving him a widower and his daughters without their mother), and Lot’s daughters also lost the men to whom they were betrothed. The prospective sons-in-law dismissed the panic as a joke, and thus stayed behind and faced the consequences of their disbelief. ‘Evacuate or perish’ had been the order of the day. Sodom and Gomorrah were destined for destruction. After the two angels had blinded the wicked men of Sodom, they told Lot to collect his family and leave. Sin is pervasive. It enters one’s soul one ungodly dose at a time. You would think that a gang of men trying to force their way into a family home to rape their guests would be enough to make that family flee the city.Not so, in this case. The two angels had to literally drag Lot, his wife, and their two daughters out of Sodom by the hand. When safely out of the city they were told: “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere.” The temptation to look back would have been strong. The burning Sulphur raining down upon Sodom and Gomorrah must have been a sight to behold. The problem was that Lot’s wife beheld it. ‘Don’t look back’ meant, ‘don’t look back!’ Jesus recounted this historical incident when discussing his second coming. He cautions against the temptation to cherish in our hearts the things of this world as if they are worthy of looking back upon in light of judgment. He warns: “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).