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The Destruction of Lot's Wife to Be Remembered.

The Destruction of Lot's Wife to Be Remembered.

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Luke xvii. 32.

Rememher Lot's wife.

Luke xvii. 32.

Rememher Lot's wife.

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THE DESTRUCTIO OF LOT'S WIFE TO BE REMEMBERED. BY JOB ORTO Luke xvii. 32. Rememher Lot's wife. When our Lord had been foretelHng the destruction of Jerusa- lem and the miseries coming upon the Jews, in St. Mark's gospel, he concludes the prophecy thus ; " And what I say unto you, my disciples, I say unto all, Watch ;" thereby plainly intimating that the several exhortations to watchfulness and caution, con- tained in that prophecy, are intended for us and for his disciples in every age, as well as those to whom they were immediately addressed. Our Lord is foretelling the same event in the chapter where the text is. After he had represented the sudden manner in which the calamity should come, and illustrated it by the flood which drowned the whole world, and the destruction which overwhelmed Sodom, he exhorts them to fly with the utmost speed from the approaching calamity, and to enforce the exhor- tation, he commands them in the text to " remember Lot's wife." According to his own reasoning, what he said to them he saith to us. It is a caution which we, my friends, always need , in peaceful as well as troublous times ; considering the destruction that shall come upon all the ungodly, and how prone we are to linger and trifle, when we should be intent upon securing our everlasting salvation. In his name and by his authority, then, I say unto you, " Remember Lot's wife." And I shall consider, I, What we are to remember concerning her; and, II. For what purpose we are to remember her. Let me show, 1. What we are to rememher concerning her. And here you will observe, that Christ takes it for granted that his hearers were well acquainted with the calamity which
befell her, according to the account of it in the Old Testament; and this short hint might be sufficient for them. But as I fear many among us are not so well acquainted with the scripture DI8. XXIV.] THE DESTRUCTIO OF LOt's WIFE. 201 history, as probably the Jews in general were, it may be proper for me to give a short account of the destraction of Sodom, and then more particularly show, what were the sin and punishment of Lot's wife, which are the circumstances we are called upon to remember. The history we have in Genesis xix. : and there we find, that Sodom and Gomorrah were very wicked cities, abandoned to all manner of licentiousness, and to vices not to be named among Christians. Their cry came up to heaven for vengeance, and God was determined to destroy them. Abraham earnestly interceded for them, and he had prevailed, if there had been ten righteous persons in all Sodom. A kinsman of Abra- ham's, whose name was Lot, whom St. Peter calls "a just and righteous man," lived there. Two angels in human form came to Sodom and lodged at his house ; and, having seen a fresh and flagrant instance of the Sodomites' wickedness, they told Lot that the city should be destroyed next day. They commanded him to leave the place, with his family and near re- lations, if he could prevail upon them to go with him. Early in the morning the angels hastened Lot and his wife and his daughters out. And while Lot lingered, unwilling to leave his goods, at least his children behind him, the angels brought him and his family forth, and set them without the city, saying, " Escape for thy life : look not behind thee, neither stay in all the plain ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed :" a command, that was addressed to them all. Lot, fearing he should not be able to reach the mountain before the destruction came, desired permission to retire to Zoar, a little town near. His request was granted, and that place was spared for his sake. " Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire from heaven" upon those wicked cities, and overthrew them and destroyed all their inhabitants, and the plain where they stood was changed into a sulphureous lake, called the Dead Sea. But what our text re-
fers to, is the account we have of Lot's wife (v. 26). "She looked back from behind him and became a pillar of salt." And here we have, 1 . Her crime. " She looked back from behind him." She was loath to leave Sodom. She saw her husband and her daughters go forward, and they no doubt persuaded and urged her to make haste. But she loitered, when she should have ifled ; stayed be- hind, vexed and discontented, till they were got into Zoar ; for Moses tells us the storm did not come down till they were safe there. ow in this her conduct there were unbelief, dis- obedience, ingratitude, and a worldly spirit. There was great unbelief. She seems to have doubted the truth of the angels' declaration, though she had, the night before, seen an instance of the profligacy of the people, and the miraculous power of the angels, in striking them with blindness. Seeing it a fine morn- ing, for Moses observes, " the sun was risen on the earth when 202 orton's practical works. Lot entered into Zoar ;" seeing no cloud gathering, no signs of a tempest, she thought she might have been safe in Sodom; at least that the destruction would not be so great and sudden as was threatened. Further, she was disobedient to express re- peated conmiands to hasten out, not to look behind her nor stay in the plain. She was likewise very ungrateful to God, who had informed the family of the approaching destruction, and urged them to fly, " lest they should be consumed in the punishment of the city." This aggravated her disobedience. But it seems, the principal reason why she looked back was a worldly spirit. Her heart hankered after what she had left behind. She was loath to part with her house, goods, and substance ; to lose her relations and acquaintance there. For our Lord introduces this caution, immediately after he had commanded his disciples to fly from Jerusalem, and not go into their houses to take away their goods. So that an inordinate, unreasonable love to earthly things led her to look back and linger in the plain. This was her crime, and this we are carefully to remember. Let us consider,

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