Remember Lot's wife.
a. NLT: Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!
b. NIV: Remember Lot’s wife!
c. YLT: remember the wife of Lot.
d. Amplified Bible: Remember Lot’s wife!
e. Worrell Translation: Remember Lot’s wife.
1. “Remember Lot’s wife.”
a. remember [3421 * mnemoneuo] [Strong: from a derivative of 3420; to exercise memory, i.e. recollect; by implication, to punish; also to rehearse:--make mention; be mindful, remember.]
b. Lot’s [3091 * Lot] [Strong: of Hebrew origin (3876); Lot, a patriarch:--Lot.]
c. wife [1135 * gune] [Strong: probably from the base of 1096; a woman; specially, a wife:--wife, woman.]
1). Although she is only mentioned three scant times in Scripture, Jesus said very specifically that we should remember her. She is mentioned twice in Genesis 19 and once in Luke.
a). Genesis 19:15, 16 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
b). Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
c). Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
2). We must go a little deeper to find out why Jesus said it. It is a fact that Lot was not married when he separated from Abram.
a). Genesis 13:5-11 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
13:6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
13:7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
3). This means that Lot met and married his wife after he moved to the Sodom area. In fact, Jewish tradition teaches that Lot’s wife was a native of Sodom, raised there and perhaps even born there. In all of the references to Lot previous to his going to Sodom there is no mention of a wife or children, the first mention of Lot’s wife is Genesis 19:15, 16. There is mention of his daughters, his sons in law earlier in Genesis 19 but his wife is not mentioned until verse 15. The evidence about her being a native of Sodom is intriguing, and because of that the facts surrounding her demise must be studied closer to find out more.
4). Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
a). The note in the Amplified Bible says the following: Note in Amplified Bible: Lot’s wife not only “looked back” to where her heart’s interests were, but she lingered behind; and probably overtaken by the fire and brimstone, her dead body became incrusted with salt, which, in that salt-packed area now the Dead Sea, grew larger with more incrustations—a veritable “pillar of salt.” In fact, at the southern end of the Dead Sea there is a mountain of table salt called Jebel Usdum, “Mount of Sodom.” It is about six miles long, three miles wide, and 1,000 feet high. It is covered with a crust of earth several feet thick, but the rest of the mountain is said to be solid salt (George T. B. Davis, Rebuilding Palestine According to Prophecy). Somewhere in this area Lot’s wife looked back to where her treasures and her heart were, and “she became a pillar of salt.” Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).
5). When the Amplified Bible note says “…Lot’s wife not only “looked back” to where her heart’s interests were, but she lingered behind; and probably overtaken by the fire and brimstone, her dead body became incrusted with salt…”, there is good evidence to support it. The destruction of the cities of the plain did not happen until Lot was in the next town. Look carefully at this passage.
a). Genesis 19:23-26 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
b). The evidence suggests that Lot’s wife was not just about ten feet behind him and she just turned around and became a pillar of salt because she turned around. It suggests that when the destruction began Lot and his daughters were in the next town and she was close enough to the destruction she was engulfed in it. Lot’s wife was not with the rest of the family.Notice the context where Jesus said theses words.
(1) Luke 17:28-32 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
(2) Looking at the words of Jesus it is easy to see the implication that she did not just linger but began to return. Because of Jesus warning it seems to suggest that she returned for her material things. Personally I don’t believe it was just material things that caused her to return but family ties also. Luke 17:33 causes me to believe that family ties blinded her to the fact she would be destroyed along with Sodom if she returned.
6). Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
a). These words are at the end of a warning of Jesus he gave concerning escaping with our physical life at the expense of our material things would being destroyed. Jesus gave these very words in a discourse concerning our relationship with Him and the relationship with our families.
(1) Matthew 10:34-39 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
b). I may be wrong but I believe that Lot’s wife was blinded, not just by material loss but more also by family and emotional ties that caused her to ignore the clear warning from God which resulted in her death. The warning of Jesus to Remember Lot’s wife is pertinent to the contemporary issue over homosexuality because it surrounds the judgment of Sodom, of those who engage in same sex behavior and their supporters. How many families in America are fractured over what the Bible says about homosexuality and other Biblical truths? The truth of God’s word has divided families because some in those families have put personal experience or family relationship above God. I do not know what the spiritual condition of Lot’s wife was, but the fact is she ignored God’s warning to leave in order to “save” her life in Sodom, and she lost everything. It is God who created the earthly family to be a blessing to mankind. The family was to be patterned after the family in heaven, but God’s word clearly says our relationship with Him must be a higher priorty than with our earthly family. Only through spiritual rebirth is that possible, as Jesus said, “We must be born again.” For those of us who have family members who are not believers, we must pray for them to be saved, walking in love before them, standing on the Word that it is God’s will for them not to perish but have everlasting life. It is a very comforting thought that God wants my family members in relationship with Him more than I do, and when I pray for them standing on His Word, there is a resounding “Yes, we are in agreement” that comes from the throne of God!