Cause of Death
The Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky,
and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19).
No recorded words.
Words to Live By
The Lord is like a strong tower. Those who do what is right
can run to him for safety.
Proverbs 18:10, ICB
The Mystery of Madam X
By Lynn Lusby Pratt
Lies Lot’s wife, the unnamed wife of Abraham’s nephew.
Dorothy saw it coming. She should have run straight for the cellar. But she
couldn’t leave Toto behind. Once she had him in tow, she searched for
Auntie Em. She kept spinning around, calling out. By the time she reached
the cellar, the door was already shut. Too late. So Dorothy and Toto ended
up in the land of Oz – and we ended up with a great story.
It didn’t work out that well for Lot’s wife.
She and her family lived in Sin City – Sodom. God said he wouldn’t
have saved the city if there had been even ten righteous people there. But
the residents of Sodom “were wicked and were sinning greatly”
(Genesis 13:13, NIV). We know that at least part of the trouble was homosexual
behavior (Genesis 19:5).
God personally sent an angel escort to get Lot and his family out.
“Hurry!” said the angel to Lot (v. 15). But Lot hesitated. The
angel had to take his hand!
“Don’t look back,” said the angel (v. 17). Then …
all Heaven broke loose! Perhaps lightning struck a petroleum field and grass
seeping up from the ground ignited into massive explosions. Perhaps there
was also miraculous fire dropping from the sky … with a few earthquakes
thrown in. Burning sulfur began to rain down. Lot’s wife should have
kept running. But she paused to look back.
Dorothy hesitated because of Toto and Auntie Em. They were important to her.
What in Sodom was so important to Lot’s wife? What was she thinking?
Well … maybe they had a really good mall. Or maybe there weren’t
any decent restaurants once you left the city. Their pro baseball team could’ve
been about to win the championship – and Lot’s wife just looooooooved
You know … important stuff.
The actions of Lot’s wife cost her dearly. The Bible says she “became
a pillar of salt” (v. 26). Archaeologists believe the location of the
now-buried city is a the south end of the Dead Sea. All kinds of strange salt
formations dot the area. And somewhere in all of that … are the remains
of Lot’s wife.
All because she couldn’t tear herself away from a very bad place. Could
anything have been that important? Remember, God could not even find a handful
of people to save. The place was rotten. Couldn’t Lot’s wife see
Hmmm. Have you ever watched a really bad movie just to see the one or two
good parts? Have you ever bought one great thing at a store that sold mostly
“Well,” you told yourself, “I know it’s kinda bad,
but I really like ...”
I’m afraid that’s what Lot’s wife did. To her, 95 percent
bad was still OK.
But to God, it wasn’t.
Think about it.
In Memory of Lot’s wife
“No one who … looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of
God.” – Luke 9:62, NIV
Excerpted from Devotions
by Dead People © 2004 by Lynn Lusby Pratt, Standard Publishing.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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