“Remember Lot’s wife.” Luke 17:32
What a strange command for Jesus to give; especially since her name is never given to us. Why should she be remembered? What benefit would her remembrance achieve?
Lot was Abraham’s nephew who left Mesopotamia with Abraham when God called him to relocate. There is no doubt that Lot was a believer.
“And delivered JUST Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that RIGHTEOUS MAN dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his RIGHTEOUS SOUL from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” 2 Peter 2:7-8 (caps mine.)
There is no such testimony for Lot’s wife and children. Because of the above scripture, some have contended that Lot’s vexation of his soul was due to his concern for Sodom; that he was burdened for them and tried to influence them for good. Others contend, as successfully, that Lot was a carnal believer who suffered the cost of joining himself to the perverted world around him.
Since scripture teaches that men’s actions are the result of their thinking, let’s see what we can learn about Lot.
In Genesis 13 we learn that Lot was selfish. When strife arose between his herdsmen and Abraham’s herdsmen, Abraham gave Lot his choice of the land. Instead of honoring his uncle and elder, he chose the best for himself (vs. 7-11.) Sodom had a reputation for wickedness (v. 13,) yet Lot headed that direction (v. 12.)
Lot got captured with the king of Sodom and Uncle Abraham had to rescue him (Genesis 14:12, 16.) Lot learned nothing. He headed back to Sodom where he became involved in the politics and the maintenance of Sodom (Genesis 19:1.)
In the interval between Lot’s rescue and his further involvement in Sodom, God had enough of Sodom’s flaunting their perversion and homosexuality (Genesis 18:20-21; Ezekiel 16:49.) God shared His feelings with His friend Abraham. Abraham immediately thought of his nephew Lot and asked God about sparing the city if there were 50 righteous people in it (surely Lot would have won some converts during his time there, especially since he was a town leader.) Maybe Abraham had second thoughts about Lot’s dedication, but in any case, the figure was lowered to ten righteous people. Lot had two (2) single daughters (Genesis 19:8) and two (2) married daughters (Genesis 19:14.) With Lot’s wife, this made a total of eight (8) in Lot’s family. Had Lot just won two (2) people to the Lord, the city of Sodom could have been spared. One of the greatest examples of God’s punishment of sin could have been averted had one saved person led two (2) people to the Lord in all that city in all that time! Not only did Lot have no influence outside of his family, he had none with half his family. His sons-in-law laughed at him and his two married daughters must have agreed with their husbands (Genesis 19:14.) Lot had to be pulled from the city, his wife did not heed God’s instruction and was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:16, 26.) The two daughters that left with Lot later got him drunk and committed incest with their daddy. What a legacy Lot left!
God has always taught His people separation from the world. “Separation is not from contact with evil in the world or in the church, but from complicity with and conformity to it (John 17:15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 6:1)” Scofield Reference Bible note; page 1234.
The modern day methods of conforming the church to the world in order to win the world is working about as well as Lot’s situation. Lowering standards does nothing but establish a lower standard. It raises no one. It just allows people to accept less and less of God’s instructions on how to conduct our lives.
We can accept different plans of salvation, but that does not mean that God will. We can label drunkenness a disease, but that doesn’t mean God does. We can call abortion “Pro-choice” but God still calls it “Murder.” We can say that homosexuality is an alternate life-style, but God says it is sin. We can fail to warn a person of his lost soul because we are practicing “life-style evangelism,” but God said we are to “speak about” it. It puzzles me that the modern day church leaders can claim victory when we keep cutting back. Our churches have more social drinkers, more drug abuse by prescription, more worry about money and health, less peace of mind, less soul winning, less Bible reading and less prayer.
The churches in any given town or city seldom have more people in attendance percentage wise than our prisons do.
All of us can learn from Lot, whether it be from our politics, business, family or church.
No one names their son, Lot.
Oh, yeah, why remember Lot’s wife? Was it because she was punished for her unconcern for God and His instructions? Or, was it because she was spared from seeing the end of the rest of her family?
Keep Looking Up!