Lot's Wife

We have fifteen words in a verse in the book of Genesis about a woman who has stood out in history as a lesson for all of us till this very day.

Genesis 19:26, But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Does this sound like a harsh judgment to you?

Let's look a little deeper into the story from the Bible's perspective. Lot, his wife and two daughters lived in Sodom; the Bible tells us they were exceedingly wealthy (Genesis 13:10-11). Sodom was a very wicked city and God had judged it for destruction. We find the words of Jesus talking about it in Luke chapter 17.

Luke 17:26-29, 26Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

From the many writings I have studied on this event, and what has been written on Lot and his wife, we can discern that they lived a very lavish lifestyle. Lot's wife fit right in with what was going on in Sodom. Max Eastman in his eloquent and moving poem, "Lots Wife," wrote: "Herself, like Sodom's towers, shone blazingly." We can easily picture her as a woman who wore a multitude of jewels and dressed in very fine clothing. She enjoyed the honor and respect she was given. Being rich and living in a decadent city, having many servants, she gave countless parties and feasts basking in the glow of her riches.

Lot, being Abraham's nephew and a Godly man who knew the Lord, saved his family from the coming destruction due to the intervention of Abraham. God had told Abraham if ten righteous men could be found in Sodom he would not destroy the city. God sent two angels to find out if ten righteous men could be found but they could find none. The angels had to physically take Lot, his wife and two daughters and lead them from the city the morning before destruction came to Sodom. They were told to go through the plains to the mountain and warned not to look back. Lot's wife who had come to love the riches and things of the world lingered while her heart and desires continued to draw her attention back to Sodom. I don't believe it was the act of looking back so much as the desire that was in her heart that betrayed her and she ended up paying the penalty for her desires.

Lot's wife is a symbol of man today. We are aware of the right things to do and have been turned in the right direction of salvation but refuse to accept it because the desires of the heart are on worldly materialistic things not wanting to forsake them for the Godly things. Lot's wife had a Godly husband, came from a Godly background and was privileged to be saved from the destruction of Sodom but chose in her heart to reject those things in favor of the wickedness life in Sodom had given her.

Luke 17:29-30, 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

We find Jesus telling His disciples how things will be before His return and warning them to take head of the desires of their hearts.

Luke 17:32, Remember Lot's wife.

I believe Jesus' warning holds much meaning and we should all remember Lot's wife and her end.

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Lot's Wife by Bob Goulding October 2006

She sits upon a golden chair her servants to admire.
When the cold winds blow, life at its best is to sit beside the fire.
She knows though the days are long and winter brings the snow,
that night will come and with it the songs of great desire.

Soon the musicians and dancers, then the notables arrive
to feast upon her banquet table. All will be at her beck and call!
When the sun sets in the west, she will shine like the full moon
and sparkle like the stars with jewels and gems.

Sapphire and diamond, rubies and emeralds
for the queen of the city. In all her splendor she shall appear!
Her husbands delight as he feasts until the morning heralds.
Oh how far the great have fallen, the evening star of Sodom!

To leave this time of joyful existence to roam the Desert of Sorrow
the wicked heart will not allow. All is lost; I shall never more know bliss
but for one last look to still my throbbing heart
and forever remember life's delight!

Too late, too late for now thou art but a pillar of salt.

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