Sunday, October 26, 2014
There are few warnings in Scripture more solemn than this.
The Lord Jesus Christ says to us, "Remember Lot's wife."
Lot's wife was a professor of religion: her husband was a "righteous man" (II Peter 2:8).
She left Sodom with him, on the day when Sodom was destroyed; she looked back towards the city from behind her husband,
against God's express command; she was struck dead at once, and turned into a pillar of salt.
And the Lord Jesus Christ holds her up as a beacon to His church: He says, "Remember Lot's wife."
It is a solemn warning, when we think of the person Jesus names.
He does not bid us remember Abraham.........or Isaac........... or Jacob...........
or Sarah.......... or Hannah..... or Ruth........
No: He singles out one whose soul was lost for ever. He cries to us, "Remember Lot's wife."
In the days of Abraham and Lot, true, saving religion, was scarce upon earth;
there were no Bibles,
The knowledge of God was confined to a few favoured families;
the greater part of the inhabitants of the world were living in darkness...... ignorance.......
superstition, and sin.
Not one in a hundred perhaps had such good example, such spiritual society, such clear knowledge, such plain warnings as Lot's wife.
Compared with millions of her fellow-creatures in her time, Lot's wife was a favoured woman.
She had a godly man for her husband: she had Abraham, the father of the faithful for her uncle, by marriage.
The faith, the knowledge, and the prayers of these two righteous men could have been no secret to her.
It is impossible that she could have dwelt in tents with them for any length of time, without knowing whose they were and whom they served.
Religion with them was no formal business; it was the ruling principle of their lives and the mainspring of their actions. All this Lot's wife must have seen and known. This was no small privilege.
It is a solemn warning, when we consider the subject Jesus is upon.
He is speaking of His own second coming to judge the world: He is describing the awful state of unreadiness in which many will be found. The last days are on His mind, when He says,
"Remember Lot's wife."
It is a solemn warning, when we think of the Person who gives it.
The Lord Jesus is full of love, mercy, and compassion:
He is One who will not break the bruised reed nor quench the smoking flax.
He could weep over unbelieving Jerusalem, and pray for the men that crucified Him;
yet even He thinks it good to give this solemn warning and remind us of lost souls. Even He says, "Remember Lot's wife."
It is a solemn warning, when we think of the persons to whom it was first given. The Lord Jesus was speaking to His disciples:
He was not addressing the Scribes and Pharisees who hated him..............
but Peter, James, and John, and many others who loved Him: yet even to them He thinks good to address a caution. Even to them He says, "Remember Lot's wife."
It is a solemn warning, when we consider the manner in which it was given. He does not merely say, "Beware of following..........or......take heed of imitating.......or.....do not be like Lot's wife."
He uses a different word: He says, "Remember" He speaks as if we were all in danger of forgetting the subject; He stirs up our lazy memories; He bids us keep the case before our minds. He cries, "Remember Lot's wife."