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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Remembering Lot's wife

               REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE
                                  LUKE 17: 32

        
{Just one warning Jesus Gave Concerning His coming again.}

Luke 17: 20–37, is  just  one  of  many  scriptural passages where Jesus spoke concerning of his return to set up the Kingdom.  

The Day of the Lord covers a fairly long amount of time:

It  begins  with  the  time  that  the church will be caught up and  meet  the  Lord in the air "And so shall we  ever  be  with  the Lord."  1 Corinthians, Chapter 4.

Then in Titus 2: 13, Paul writes:  "Looking for that blessing hope, and the  glorious  appearing of the

Great God and our Lord Jesus Christ."

And in 1 Thess 5, Verse 4 and 5

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should  overtake  you  as  a  thief.  You  are  all the children of the day, and we are not of the night nor the darkness." 

Then in Verses 6 & 9 he continues to affirm that

we, Christians, will not go through this terrible time that we see in this portion Luke.  What you and I are told to do here is,

"Therefore: let us not sleep, as do others, but LET US WATCH and be sober........For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation {from the DAY OF WRATH} by our Lord Jesus Christ. 

THE SCRIPTURE FROM LUKE 17 REVOLVES AROUND THE DAY OF JUDGMENT UPON THE EARTH:  COVERING AT  LEAST  SEVEN  YEARS . . . . CALLED  IN  OTHER PLACES OF THE  BIBLE  "THE  GREAT  TRIBULATION PERIOD."

In Verse 20 of Luke, Chapter 17 we find these words:  "And when he was asked of the Pharisees, when  the  Kingdom  of  God  should  come  he answered them , , , ,"

Then In Verse 22 we see he shifted the conversation to His Disciples:
"And he said unto the disciples....

He continues in the following verses to show many aspects of the coming of the Day of the Lord.

 
Right in the midst of this passage {Verse 32} he gives a warning which should make us think.

“Remember Lot’s wife.” ~ One of shortest verses in the Bible.
“Jesus wept.” ~ The shortest verse in the Bible.

 
Her name not known ~ ~ only one thing she did.

Just before this, in Verse 31 Jesus says, {in essence}  “In that day judgment is coming. . . . .”

GOD’s judgment is coming.  

THAT JUDGMENT IS DESCRIBED BEGINNING IN VERSE 23 through Verse 35

THE MAIN THOUGHT IS THAT WHEN HE COMES ON THAT DAY   HIS COMING WILL DISCLOSE WHERE PEOPLES HEARTS ARE.

Through reading this passage there should be no doubt in our minds that the last days are on his mind when suddenly, He says,

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

He does not say, “Do not be like her,” 

Neither does he say, “Don’t imitate her.”

He does not use other phrases like this, but he uses a different word.  A simple 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 to keep the case before our minds.  We human beings are prone to forget.

In the Bible  - -  we find God saying several times to the nation of Israel WAKE UP.

Here Jesus cries, “Remember Lot’s wife.”

Surely Lot’s wife would have known Lot and his uncle, Abraham well enough to know of their righteous standing with God. {Genesis 19 and 2 Peter 2: 8}. 

The faith, knowledge and the prayers of these two could have been no secret to her.

When Abraham first received the promises, it is probable that she was there.  When the angels came to Sodom and warned her husband to flee, she saw them and when they took them by the hand and led them out of the city, she was one whom they helped to escape.

Yet, living with a righteous person did not help her. 


Her heart was never changed.  

The eyes of her understanding were never opened.

Her will was never brought into a state of obedience to God.  

She conformed to her husband’s ways; she made no opposition to his religion, but all the time her heart was wrong in the sight of God. She lived this way and she died this way.  

On the day she left Sodom with Lot, on the day when Sodom was destroyed, against God’s express command, she looked back towards the city from behind her husband.   

She was struck dead and turned into a pillar of salt.

And hundreds of years later, Jesus spoke to the church saying,

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

And those words he spoke then, speaks to us today:

"Remember Lot's wife."

As you recall Lot's wife, do you have the assurance of your salvation?

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  You Can know. Just read the little book of 1 John ~ ~ ~ several times throughout  the  letter the Word of God uses the word "Know".

Verse 13 of Chapter 5 states specifically, "These things have I written unto you THAT believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

 Al Russ~ ~May 2002