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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 wifeĒ?

     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? 

             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 redemption.

            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 

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