WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT TURNED LOTíS
WIFE INTO A PILLAR OF SALT?
After visiting Sodom and Gomorrah,
God had no doubt that the cities had reached the point of no return. The two
cities were, therefore, condemned to total annihilation, and only Lot his
wife and two daughters would have escaped. The warning to Lot and his wife
and daughters was undeniably explicit: ď Escape for thy life; look not
behind thee neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain lest
thou be consumedĒ (Genesis 19:17). Unfortunately, Lotís wife dared to
disregard the angelic warning, looked back, ďand she became a pillar of
saltĒ (V. 26).
But what if God had shown Lot's wife mercy and had allowed her to go on without punishing her?
Certainly, that would have put into focus Godís patience and mercy, and it
would have definitely prevented the scoffers from insinuating that the
Judeo-Christian God is not a God of love.
Was Lotís wife
simply committing a small act of disobedience? Was she, perhaps, simply
looking back because she was distraught over her children that were left
behind and about to be destroyed?
Unless Jesus Christ
had brought meaning into this event, it might have seemed perplexing. Having
been present, Christ beheld the events as they happened and was fully aware
of Lotís wifeís true motives. Thus, He warns Christians at the end of times
to ďRemember Lotís wifeĒ (Luke 17:32).
Why should Christians ďremember Lotís
Just like Sodom and Gomorrah, before Christís return, the world
will be saturated with evil. Christians are warned to come out of the world
and not be a part of it. God warns in the last book of the Bible: ďCome out
of her my people that you be not partakers of her sin, and that you receive
not of her plaguesĒ (Rev. 18:4). To be ďpartakers of her sinsĒ means
partaking of the horrendous destruction that will befall sinful humankind at
the end of times.
The warning is
again explicit. Come out of sin and do not desire to return to it. He who
loves the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4); and, thus, a friend of
Satan. Not heeding such a command means bringing upon oneself terrible
consequencesólike Lotís wife.
Christís warning to
remember Lotís wife is a warning for us not to long for the sinful world we
left behind. Lotís wife was not simply looking back at Sodom out of
curiosity, or only because she was distraught and made a fatal mistake.
Lotís wife did not want to leave Sodom and its sinful ways. Her carnal mind
had grown accustomed to the pleasures that Sodom had to offer. She had
become a part of it and regretted leaving it behind.
How much had Sodom
affected Lotís wife? We do not know. We do know that she had lived among
degenerates, that she had been influenced by them and did not seem to mind.
The New Testament tells us that while in Sodom Lot ďwas vexed with the
filthy conversation of the wickedĒ (II Peter 4:7), there is no mention
that his wife felt the same way. Could it be that Lot stayed in Sodom as
long as he did because his wife wanted to stay and felt perfectly comfortable in
It may be
meaningful to note that the verse that follows Peterís description of Lotís
anguish over the sins of the Sodomites, also addresses Godís attitude
towards two different kinds of people: the righteous and the unrighteous.
ďThe Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve
the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punishedĒ (II Peter 2: 9).
All indications are
that Lot (The godly) was delivered, while his wife (The unjust), was
punished. God is consistent throughout time. He warns the unjust and then
intervenes if they are beyond redemption. Lotís wife was beyond
If God had not
punished Lotís wife, a piece of Sodom would have remained alive. A being
infected with sin would not have been dealt with. Rebellion would have gone
unpunished. This would have served to further encourage Lotís wife to
maintain her sinful ways and to disregard Godís commands and warnings. Godís
word would have been of little worth and His impatience with arrogant
sinners would no have been emphasized.
God did intervene because Lotís
wife deserved her punishment. She was a representative of a society
saturated with sins. She also was an example of moral degeneracy and
rebellion that we must not emulate. Letís therefore heed Christís warning
and letís ďremember Lotís wife.Ē