Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:32-33)
Who was Lot’s wife?
She was married to Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and they lived in the very wicked city of Sodom. This is the sum of her story:
“(15) When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, ‘Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.’ (17) When they had brought them outside, one said, ‘Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.’ (26) But [Lot’s] wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:15, 17, 26)
Wow. Pretty sad story. Why is that recorded in the Bible, and why should we remember her? What is it Jesus would want us to understand about her misfortune? I’m not exactly sure why the story is recorded in the Scripture, or why she would have even turned back, or why she turned into a pillar of salt. But I do have a few ideas as to what lessons can come from this bit of history. One thing I get out of it is this: evil company corrupts good morals. When Lot chose to move to the better-looking land, he chose lots of trouble along with it. He moved his family to a very wicked city, putting their safety, morals, and their very souls at risk. So, that was mostly Lot’s own doing, as the leader of his family. But what do we remember about his wife? Not much, except basically these four things:
1. She fled.
2. She looked back.
3. She turned into a pillar of salt.
4. She was no more, basically.
Alright, so back to number one. She fled. That was probably the only thing she did right. God sent the angels to tell Lot and his family to leave the city or they would be burned with it, and even then they had to be forced out. Finally they fled Sodom and Gomorrah like they were told.
“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, and those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
“Therefore… let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrew 2:1)
Fleeing evil is good. It’s what we’re supposed to do. BUT we’re supposed to flee and not look back. Joseph, when faced with temptation, fled the situation completely, not looking back no matter what the cost was.
So, that brings us to the second thing we remember about Mrs. Lot: she looked back. This is what cost her her life. Did she know she would turn into a big hunk of NaCl if she turned around? She could have, but most likely she did not have the slightest clue what the consequences would be. But that didn’t make any difference anyhow; the fact is the angels told them not to look back, and she did.
“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'”(Luke 9:62)
Like Joseph, we are supposed to flee evil, and not look back with regrets. Looking back takes our eyes off the goal. God does not want His children to lose their focus. If we have doubts and look back, we’re not fit for His kingdom. We must remain steadfast in Him, trusting in Him, and serving Him with our whole heart.
“(1) How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. (2) How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. (9) How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. (10) With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. (30) I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. (31) I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (32) I shall run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart.” (Psalm 119:1-2, 9-10, 30-32)
Third, Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt. she may or may not have expected any circumstances for her disobedience, but she got her punishment. But why salt? I have always wondered why in the world God would want to turn someone into salt. Maybe He had been wanting the chance to try it out for a long time, and this was His golden opportunity. If it weren’t for her misbehavior, it might would have been kind of funny. But, really… why salt? Well, is salt important? I think so. It seems to be pretty important in Jesus’ famous sermon on the mountain, and it seems to be pretty important today when we cook our food. Jesus said it this way:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)
Salt is good only as long as it has its flavor. If it loses its flavor, it is “no longer good for anything.” If we are the salt of the earth, we need to make sure we don’t become stagnant. We need to stay active in serving the Lord and making the world a better place.
Number four. She was no more. She had lived her life, and when given the choice of obeying God or turning her back on Him, she chose the latter and it cost her her life.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
So, why does Jesus say to remember Lot’s wife? I believe He used her as an example so that we could understand how important it is to be ready always, and keep our focus on the right things. That’s what I get out of the story of Lot’s wife.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on things that are on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
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