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Luke 17:32; Genesis 19:1-26
The blessed Son of God issues a great and solemn warning to all that profess faith in His Name and yet love the world. He holds before us a dreadful example of a woman who perished under the wrath of God with a look! The Lord says, "Remember Lot's Wife."
Remember She Was Lot’s Wife
Learn this, and learn it well: Salvation is not obtained by heredity, or by marriage, or by any other earthly relationship. Nothing else is told us about this woman, except that she was Lot’s wife. The Lord simply said, “Remember Lot’s wife,” and there’s a reason why He tells us nothing else about her. He would have us to ever remember that grace is not a family possession. “Ye must be born again” (Jn 3:7). You must believe on Christ for yourself. You yourself must trust Him. Earthly relationships do not convey grace or give any spiritual advantage. “Remember Lot’s wife.” She was Lot’s wife and she perished. She was the wife of a saved man, yet she perished.
Remember the Privileges She Had
In the days of Abraham and Lot, true faith and the knowledge of God was a very rare thing. Very few believed God. Very few trusted Christ. Very few had the promises of God’s word. Faith in Christ was the ruling principle of Abraham’s house. What privileges she must have had from the testimony of God’s grace! Yet in the end she perished. In spite of all her opportunities and privileges, despite all she had seen and heard, Lot’s wife lived and died as a graceless, godless, Christ-less soul and perished under the wrath of God. Her eyes were never opened. Her heart was never broken. Her will was never surrendered. She had a form of godliness, but nothing more. She had an empty profession, a lamp with no oil of grace. She outwardly conformed to Lot’s way, but she inwardly refused to walk in the Way. Outwardly she did not oppose her husband’s religion. She just had no interest in Christ for herself. Her heart was in the world, and the world was in her heart. She lived without Christ, and so she died without Christ.
Remember, She Escaped Sodom Only to Perish with Sodom
She believed the city would be destroyed. She rose up early with Lot and made preparations to leave. She ran down the streets of Sodom. She fled through the gates of the city. She reached the open plain. She was willing for a while to run with her husband, following his example. She even followed for a distance, until she began to consider what she was leaving behind. She began to think about all her stuff she left behind in Sodom (Our Savior warned against this in Luke 17). When she did, her pace slowed and she lingered behind. Lot’s wife went a great part of the way to Zoar, yet she perished. She was almost there, yet she perished! This was the sad case with her. Shall this be the same case with you? Some of you are so close to the city of refuge, but you haven’t yet entered inside. I must warn you! You’re in great danger! If you remain where you are you’ll perish!
How sad will it be if you perish outside of Christ, when you’re so close? You’ve come to the Door. You’ve sat and heard the Gospel of Christ preached. You’re at the Door! Perhaps you even admire the Door, but you haven’t yet entered into life by the Door! You’re still lost! How sad and pitiful is your case! You’re so near, and yet you’re lost!
Remember, Lot’s Wife Perished Under God’s Wrath
We’re told that she “looked back” from behind her husband, “and she became a pillar of salt.” This appears on the surface to be such a small, insignificant thing. All she did was look back. But small things are often much bigger than they appear. There’s life in a look! The Savior says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isa 45:22). With Lot’s wife, there was death in a look. How come? She didn’t believe God. The angel said, “Look not behind thee,” but “she looked back.” According to our Savior’s warning in Luke 17, she looked back because of all her stuff in Sodom. She was still tied to the things of Sodom. Though she fled from Sodom in fear, she still loved Sodom. She perished with a look!
“Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife” (Luke 17:30-32).
This day, right now, is the day when the Son of man is revealed. This is the Gospel day, the day of grace, when Christ is preached in your ears! O that He would be revealed in your heart today! Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart. What must we do when Christ is revealed? Don’t look back! Don’t cling to this perishing world! Don’t question the truth of God in Christ! Look to Christ! Flee to Christ! Never look back! One glance back revealed the condition of her heart. She loved the world and the things that were in the world. She could not pull it out of her heart, or pull her heart out of the world. “Remember Lot’s wife.” Look to Christ and don’t look back!