Study 2 LOT’S WIFE: A SOLEMN WARNING
(Scripture Portions: Genesis 19: 1-29; Luke 17: 22-37)
Lot was saved, but only just saved. Lot’s wife, the character we shall consider in this study, was almost saved, but she was lost – look up Genesis 19: 17 and 24-26. The story of this woman was referred to by the Lord Jesus when He was warning of judgment, and He referred to the days of Noah (Luke 17: 26-27) and to the days of Lot (verses 28-29). He was (and is) the Truth (John 14: 6), and He always spoke the truth. He never spoke one word out of place. The events recorded in Genesis were actual historical events, and the stories we read there are not folklore or fables; they are factual historical events, and authenticated by the Lord Himself. “Remember Lot’s wife,” He said, and then warned His hearers of the swift and terrible judgment which overtook her. He said this in connection with His second coming, which leads us to link up some of the most terrible words in the Bible – look up 2 Thessalonians 1: 7 – 9. Do not be tempted to water down or weaken the force and truth of these solemn words. “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17: 32), and who it is who enjoins us to do this, and why. There are five things in particular that we should remember about her.
1. Remember: Lot’s wife perished, although she was a woman of great privilege.
She was the wife of Lot who was “a righteous man”, a believer – yet she perished. All through the years Lot had believed in God, he had prayed to Him and had worshipped Him, yet Mrs Lot remained outside, without a like faith in the Lord. Presumably these two, husband and wife, not only lived together but they slept together; they did everything together – and yet when the crisis-time came Lot was saved and his wife was lost. There is only one judgment for the man or woman who has not repented – look up Luke 13: 3, and see this awful word “perish” in John 3: 16; 1 Corinthians 1: 18 and Hebrews 2: 3. In this connection look up and see the significance of Matthew 24: 40-42.
2. Remember: Lot’s wife perished although she had had a clear warning of her danger
You see, Lot’s wife could never say that she had not heard about God or heard His warning that judgment was about to fall on Sodom – look at Genesis 19: 14-17. There must be people today who have not heard of judgment to come, simply because no one has told or warned them. But that was not the case with Lot’s wife – and that can never be the case with those of us sharing this Bible Study. The danger of every unsaved soul is very terrible. All who have not received Christ as their personal Saviour, all who have not come to Him and placed their faith in Him, are condemned (John 3: 18); the wrath of God abides on them (John 3: 36); they cannot go to be where Jesus is, and if they die in this state they will die in their sins (John 8: 21). Yes, and that means eternal banishment from God’s presence (Revelation 20: 15).
3. Remember: Lot’s wife perished although she made some effort to be saved
From the record we learn that she rose up early with Lot, and together they set out to leave the city of Sodom – but she did not make it. She needed the security of the city of refuge – Zoar. She never reached Zoar; she perished on the way. It is not enough for men and women today to try their best to leave the bad things behind and to do the good things such as going to church, reading the Bible, giving up bad habits…He, the Lord Jesus, is the only safe and sure Refuge – look up Hebrews 6: 18. We are not saved by works, but by personal trust in the Lord Jesus – look up Romans 4: 5; Ephesians 2: 8-10 and Titus 3: 5 – 7.
- Not the labour of my hands,
Can fulfil Thy law’s demands:
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
4. Remember: Lot’s wife perished although she committed only one sin
The command was to “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back” (Genesis 19: 17); but she “looked back…” (verse 26) – and she perished. The sin of unbelief is the one and only sin which is needed to bring total and final spiritual disaster – look up John 16: 7 11.
5. Remember: Lot’s wife perished although she was almost saved
The judgment of God fell upon her not when she was miles or yards away from the place of safety, but when she was at the very gates of Zoar. How true it is to observe that this woman was almost saved – but she was lost! She was almost within the gates of mercy, but she was outside. How very solemn this is! “Remember Lot’s wife…” May the solemn truth of this study stir us to a deeper concern to seek those who are perishing, that we may bring them to Jesus. The doom of Lot’s wife was very terrible, but no more terrible than will be the doom of every lost sinner. If we believe this we shall make quite sure of our own salvation, and then we shall seek the enabling of the Holy Spirit to warn those who do not know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour of the danger which awaits them – look up Psalm 51: 14; Ezekiel 3: 18; Matthew 3: 7; Acts 20: 31; 2 Corinthians 5: 11 and Colossians 1: 28.
And Preachers – there is great need to bring this warning note back into our preaching! We must call upon men and women not only to believe – look up Acts 16: 31; but to repent and believe – look up Mark 1: 15. Then, we must warn them of the danger of failing to do so. It is only when we are aware of our terrible danger that we seek deliverance.