It was a great mistake on his part to abandon the outwardly separated life. 4. Remember Lot's wife, when any question of duty is pressed upon you. From thence this woman came, and thither she would fain go again; as if she had said, And must I leave thee, Sodom, and part for ever from thee! Therefore think of and seriously consider that small sins are the mother of great sins, and the grandmother of great punishments. All little sins, all slight tamperings with conscience, all partial returns to once forsaken evil, all compromises with a renounced and repented habit, are as first steps to a hopeless and disastrous fall. There is no harm in such speculations, if they are not allowed to go farther than this, that they only seek to account for a result by natural agents, where natural agents would be sufficient — that they acknowledge the interfering hand of God in the matter, whether He create for the purpose a new thing in the earth, or merely press into His service the means and agency which exist already. Procrastination is most perilous.5. He could weep over unbelieving Jerusalem, and pray for the men that crucified Him; yet even He thinks it good to remind us of lost souls. Thus those who would be ready for that day must ensure that their hearts are not like hers. They are weary of the wilderness and the manna, and would fain return to Egypt, if they could. Remember her delay. She died in the very act of disobedience. (1 Corinthians 10:22).(iii.) There was unbelief in it; not believing the words of the angel, God's messenger, who had assured her in the name of God that He would destroy Sodom, "Hasten hence, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city" (Genesis 19:13). How terrible her fate! "Escape for thy life" — life spiritual, life temporal, life eternal — lose one and you lose all; and you may lose all by becoming weary and faint in the running.(D. )Lot's wifeJ. Gain and godliness are frequently divorced.II. Past and present mercies are no security for future safety, unless suitably improved.3. Now, what was done to them may be done to us — for these judgments are patterns of providence — and if we would blow off the dust from the ancient providences of God, we may easily read our own doom or desert at least. First, it was that which we pray against in our Litany as sudden death; that is, not sudden in the sense of being wholly unlooked-for — that may be a great blessing — but sudden as unprepared-for — sudden, as finding us with nothing ready for our meeting with God, with our hearts yet in the world, and our faces turned that way.III. Had she not hesitated, she had not been destroyed. He does not bid us remember Abraham, or Isaac, or Jacob, or Sarah, or Hannah, or Ruth. )Lot's wifeT. “Come away,” said the elder, “don’t run any risk.” “Just let me finish this sketch,” replied the other, an English young lady. Now she would look back, to see whether the prediction and warning were true. Her Majesty was there to the moment. The danger of damnation is seen and felt as never before. Remember her warning. That not only modern and present, but ancient and old judgments are of great use to us, especially when like sins abound in the age we live in, or we are in danger of them as to our own practice. They live like the men of Sodom, and the men of Noah's day: they eat, and drink, and plant, and build, and marry, and are given in marriage, and behave as if Christ was never going to return. THE PUNISHMENT WHICH GOD INFLICTED ON LOT'S WIFE.1. ], [Let not any one imagine himself safe, because he is come out of Sodom, and is associated with those who are fleeing from the wrath to come. She did not truly believe, there was no real faith in her heart, and therefore she disobeyed the law of her safety and turned her face towards Sodom.3. Worldliness was at the root of her sin. 1879-90. In 1875, two ladies were at some ruins on the sands. Thus, we cannot fail to see in it a low and debased degree of earthly-mindedness, a heart fixed and bent on getting its worldly stuff — ready to incur difficulty for it, danger for it — ay, and the anger of God for it. They try to serve two masters: they labour to keep friends both with God and mammon. )Lot's wifeT. Escape from the presence of the tempter. O ye children of godly parents, I beseech you look to yourselves that ye be not driven down to hell from your mother's side.2. Oh! That till our resolutions be firmly set for God and heaven, and there be a thorough bent and bias upon our hearts, and the league between us and our secret lusts broken, after we have seemed to make some escape, we shall be looking back again — "For where our treasure is, there our heart will be" (Matthew 6:21).3. Remember that in getting out of Sodom we must make haste. Delay, hesitation, casting longing looks back on a life of sin, then, may be fatal. The business plans are all broken off; the brilliant career is concluded; the flow of pleasures is arrested. It was dreadful socially. It is like being borne away to perdition on the wings of God's mercy.II. There is not a rock or shoal that is not plainly laid down in the inspired volume; nor is there any fear of shipwreck to those who will follow the course which is there prescribed. A fearful end.2. (Ezra 9:13, 14). What fault was there in that? Stones with the Jews, we know, were a kind of standing revelation. Note what Christ says in Luke 9:62, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back," etc. God in the midst of judgment doth remember mercy; in the midst of mercy He remembers judgment. "Remember Lot's wife" as an example of the folly, the danger, the wickedness of trifling with what you know to be wrong, of committing little sins, breaking little precepts, and going on to Satan's ground only a very little way. The stupid world is not awakened by ordinary judgments, but looks upon them as some chance or common occurrence; and therefore God is forced to go out of the common road, and diversify His judgments, that by some eminent circumstance in them He may alarm the drowsy world to take notice of His hand.3. From thence this woman came, and thither she would fain go again; as if she had said, And must I leave thee, Sodom, and part for ever from thee! The mere possession of religious privileges will save no one's soul. are we stronger than He?" )Remember Lot's wifeAnon.1. "(2) Are you lukewarm, and cold in your Christianity? Luke 17:26-32. For here was —(i.) A wealthy man was once asked the secret of his prosperity. Like Lot's wife, we may only intend to look and look, and then turn back again. "(1) Are you careless about the second Advent of Christ? Her life had been one of marked and distinguishing mercies. WITH WHAT SENTIMENTS OUGHT WE TO REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE?1. They live like the men of Sodom, and the men of Noah's day: they eat, and drink, and plant, and build, and marry, and are given in marriage, and behave as if Christ was never going to return. II. There is much gain in losing for Jesus Christ. 1. Alas, many are! She had left her affections behind when she fled from her home. A third reason is, that Lot's "easily besetting" sin, which was covetousness and love of the world, would probably have tempted him to form such a connection with one of the daughters of Sodom, on account of some supposed worldly advantage. "Remember Lot's wife," and recollect THAT SHE WENT SOME WAY TOWARDS BEING SAVED.III. She received the merciful warning to escape as well as her husband, and she was urged as much as he to flee from the wrath so near at hand. )A solemn warningBishop Ryle.1. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. She was united in the closest possible bonds to one who, with all his faults, was a righteous man; and yet she perished. They are afraid of the cross: they secretly dislike the trouble and reproach of decided religion. An artist once requested that he might be allowed to take the Queen's likeness. She received the merciful warning to escape as well as her husband, and she was urged as much as he to flee from the wrath so near at hand. Time and place were fixed. "Remember Lot's wife" as an example of the folly, the danger, the wickedness of trifling with what you know to be wrong, of committing little sins, breaking little precepts, and going on to Satan's ground only a very little way. For here a woman is turned into a pillar of salt. (2)His earthly ties and interests are stronger than those which pertain to heavenly things. The evil of worldly attachments.III. H. )Punishment of Lot's wifeD. Again, there was in this sin of Lot's wife the crime of disobedience, with all its actual accompaniments of defiant rebellion and contemptuous unbelief. "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." 7. 2. Decision is essential to success in all departments of life. Luke 17:32. There was a contempt of the justice and wrath of God, as if it were a vain scarecrow: "Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? There was worldliness in it, or an hankering of mind after what she had left in Sodom; and so this looking back was a look of covetousness, a kind of repentance that she had come out of Sodom; for people are wont to look back who are moved with a desire and remembrance of their former dwelling. The first sin that she committed was that she lingered behind.2. It your heart goes towards the mountain to escape, and if you hasten to be away with Christ to be His separated follower, you shall be saved: but if your heart still goes after evil and sin, His servants ye are whom ye obey, and from your evil master you shall get your black reward.IV. In a day of much light, and knowledge, and profession, I desire to set up a beacon to preserve souls from shipwreck. His power is the same, so is His justice and holiness.3. A wealthy man was once asked the secret of his prosperity. The Coming Of The Son Of Man. If you are such an one, I say to you this day, Take care: "Remember Lot's wife. She did not truly believe, there was no real faith in her heart, and therefore she disobeyed the law of her safety and turned her face towards Sodom.3. ; for instances do much enliven things. To parley, to hesitate, to cast a look at the proffered bait, is all but certain ruin.3. When I have passed the meridian of life, then I shall be ready to attend to the concerns of my soul.' "Up! IV. In the present instance, it does not seem an impossible thing that judgment upon Lot's wife should have been brought about by natural causes; in other words, that in consequence of her standing still too long, she might get covered with the sulphureous matter which was being rained from heaven, and this, congealing and encrusting upon her person, would make her appear as a pillar of salt. The pillar of salt may have vanished from the shore of the Dead Sea, but it is standing on the field of sacred history. "Remember Lot's wife" as an example of the possibility of falling from the most hopeful spiritual condition. We must flee from the world, or perish with it.I. Thus many times judgment overtaketh the wicked in the very instant of their sin; and God will give the sinner no time. Their course is marked by fertility on either side. Her Majesty was there to the moment. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. (c) Because we think we may preserve the smaller sins for breed, and that God is more severe in remembering these than we are faulty in committing them. Yet she rejected them. Thus is it with many of you who are enjoying all sorts of Christian privileges and are yet unsaved.4. )A danger-signalG. Faith may be as well exhibited by not looking as by looking. You will be judged according to the going of your heart. (2) This was a sin committed by stealth. Remember Lot's wife in the hour of fiery temptation. Let us watch and be sober.III. From thence this woman came, and thither she would fain go again; as if she had said, And must I leave thee, Sodom, and part for ever from thee! Rising in some secluded and rocky upland, they increase in volume and beauty as they flow along. If others have smarted for disobeying God, why not we, since God is impartially and immutably just, always consonant and agreeable unto Himself? )A danger-signalG. Manton.I. He speaks as if we were all in danger of forgetting the subject; He stirs up our lazy memories; He bids us keep the case before our minds. That look was a little thing, but it told of disobedience in Lot's wife. Remember that HER DOOM WAS TERRIBLE.1. The desert of sin is still the same; and the exactness of Divine justice is still the same; what hath been is a pledge and instance of what may be.2. Remember Lot's wife, in the hour of conviction of sin. When I have passed the meridian of life, then I shall be ready to attend to the concerns of my soul.' Lot's wife had also shared her husband's privileges. See how many things meet here — the authority of God is spurned, the word of the angel is disbelieved, the wisdom or necessity of the command is questioned, and the impious prerogative laid claim to "Our eyes are our own; we may look on what we will: who is Lord over us?" Her heart was in Sodom, though her body was outside. That the surest way to attain eternal life, is cheerfully to lay down our temporal life, when the glory of Christ, and the honor of religion, requires it of us. For here was —(i.) The Coming Of The Son Of Man. "(4) Are you secretly cherishing some besetting sin? Manton. But He has appointed the period and the locality in which we are to obtain this Divine likeness — the present world and the present time. The story of them was handed down from father to son with a jealous reverence; so that it is not unlikely that among our Lord's hearers were men who, in common with Josephus, had visited this heaven-blighted spot, and on whose minds these words would tell with solemn force — "Remember Lot's wife."(D. A. BRBC Sunday Morning Service Pastor Dwight E. Scott August 14, 2016. When he came he found, instead of the royal lady, her message. Remember that she perished with the same doom as that which happened to the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, but that doom befell her at the gates of Zoar.2. Now to gather up a few PRACTICAL LESSONS from our subject.1. It was strange. She died in the very act of disobedience. So God has set great danger-signals in the sea of time. She died in the very act of disobedience. "(2) Are you lukewarm, and cold in your Christianity? 1. Remember Lot’s wife, in the hour of conviction of sin. He does not bid us remember Abraham, or Isaac, or Jacob, or Sarah, or Hannah, or Ruth. They are afraid of the cross: they secretly dislike the trouble and reproach of decided religion. I suppose he thought he could live above the world spiritually, and yet mingle with its votaries.II. (1)She was warned once; we have been warned a thousand times. When Lot separated from Abraham and went to live at Sodom, we read nothing of his having a wife or children; this is one reason for conjecturing that he married after he came to live at Sodom. She was united in the closest possible bonds to one who, with all his faults, was a righteous man; and yet she perished. He exciteth us to look upon this pillar, and therefore certainly it will yield many instructions for the heavenly life. Moreover, it was a wishful look. Hear the confession of an old man: — "When I was young, I said to myself, 'I cannot give up the world now, but I will do it by and by. Yet she rejected them. Baxendale. "(4) Are you secretly cherishing some besetting sin? "Remember Lot's wife." In that day, when the signs of an advent Saviour are upon you, be not anxious about your worldly possessions. Rebellion is as much seen in the breach of what appears to be a little command as in the violation of a great precept. They hold the great essential doctrines of the gospel. 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