(By Ricky Scaparo) Have you ever wondered why Jesus told his disciples in the Gospel of Luke Chapter Seventeen to “Remember Lot’s wife?” To answer this question, we must first go to the context in which Jesus made this statement. Let’s take a look at the book of Luke Chapter 17 and see what the conversation consisted of:
Luke 17: 26- 36 – And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
“In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”
In the passage above we see that Jesus explained to his disciples that the time of the end would mirror a time of the past. In this example, he expressed how there would be people who would be living life as “Normal”, eating, drinking, buying, selling and marrying but will be oblivious to the danger of coming judgment. I also believe he is warning us that there will be those in the end that would turn back or be entangled again in the very thing the Lord delivered them out of.
Let’s take a look back to the time of Lot to get a better understanding of this. When we go to Genesis Chapter 19, we see that two Angels of the Lord appeared to righteous Lot and warned him that judgment was coming upon the cities of the plains because “The outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” – Genesis 19. Notice how the Angels of the Lord urged Lot to get his family out of the city. I believe it’s the Lord’s will for not only our salvation but our entire bloodline. Remember the words in Acts 16:31 “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
In Genesis 19:15 – The word of God says that “When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”. I want to emphasize here that the Lord did not will that Lot, nor his family suffer the wrath he was about to pour out upon the cities of the plains that was coming for the wicked people of the cities but sent the Angels to get him out of the city BEFORE the wrath came.
Genesis 19:16-17 – And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
Notice the Lord said, “Do not look behind, nor stay in the plain” When we read on we discover that Lot, his wife nd two daughters fled to a city called “Zoar” but something terrible happened on the way out! Genesis 19:23-26 – The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
So why did Jesus tell us to “Remember” Lot’s wife? I believe the simple answer is that in the time of the end I believe we will see many believers that will be delivered out of many strongholds such as alcohol, drugs, pornography, immorality, and the list goes on. However right before the end of their race or the Lord’s return, those very strongholds will provoke them to look back! One more drink, One more smoke, One more look! Could it be possible that Lot’s wife was out of Sodom, but Sodom was not out of her? I realize that many have also said that it was her compassion for the people left in the city which indeed could be an element to this, but I also remember a passage from the New Testament that spoke out Lot’s mental and emotional state before he was delivered from Sodom and Gomorrah.
2 Peter 2:6-8 – and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—
We must remember that we will eventually become our environment that we are exposed to on a daily basis! This is why it’s so vital to put on the armor of God daily and quench every fiery dart of the wicked one! What I remember from Lot’s wife is that what’s around me can get in me and cause me to long for the very thing the Lord delivered me out of, leading to my destruction in the end!
Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.