Thursday, January 11, 2018

Don't Look Back!

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
You've all probably heard the story of Lot's deliverance from Sodom. It started when Abraham gave his nephew the choice of the land. In Genesis 13:12b the Bible says that Lot chose the well watered plains and, "...dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom." God and two angels appeared in the form of men to Abraham in "...the plains of Mamre..." (See Genesis 18:1)   In Genesis 18:22-33 the Bible says, "And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? ... And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah and stopped at 10. He probably thought Lot was  safe. Why did Abraham stop at 10? No one knows. It is guess work, but the Bible says in Genesis, that Lot had a wife and two unmarried daughters. He also had  at least two married daughters who may have children of there own. If each of those daughters had a child, that would make 10. (See Genesis 19:14)

The Bible says in 2nd Peter 2:6-8 that Lot was a just and righteous man. He perhaps moved to Sodom thinking he could influence them for good. He no doubt brought his children up to fear the Lord. At least two of his daughters married with the probable desire to raise a family. Lot and Mrs. Lot were perhaps grandparents. I don't know because the Bible doesn't tell us more. We do know that Lot's sons in law thought their father in law, "...seemed as one that mocked..." when he warned them of the upcoming judgment. I am a grandfather and my wife a grandmother. In fact we have great grandchildren. We love our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. To me it is understandable why the angels had to compel Lot and his wife and unmarried daughters to leave. They were told to not look back. But the Bible says in Genesis 19:26"his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." The Lord Jesus said in Luke 17:32"Remember Lot's wife."

The title of this posting is "Don't Look Back." Whatever happens, however many loved ones you may have in this world, we are admonished to, "Remember Lot's wife." She probably heard the destruction of all she held dear and looked back. There is a lesson here. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 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." We must not let anyone or anything stand in our way in serving God. There is an old song we used to sing, called "When I See The Blood." One verse goes as follows;
    1. Judgment is coming, all will be there,
      Each one receiving justly his due;
      Hide in the saving sin-cleansing blood,
      And I will pass, will pass over you.

Friend if you have never known how to be saved but have always wanted to, put your trust in Jesus Christ. It is in His name alone that salvation can be yours. (See Acts 2:38 and Acts 4:12)

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