I can remember going to see a movie back in the early 1960’s, entitled “The Last Days Of Sodom And Gomorrah.” The only scene that I can remember clearly is when Lot’s wife looked back, and turned into a pillar of salt. I mean that just blew me away when I saw that happen. I remember the warning that was given to the people, instructing them not to look back, and then BOOM this woman was nothing but a pile of salt. I remember walking home from “the movies” that day in sort of a stupor because of what I had just seen.
Was that story really true? I mean, did Lot’s wife really turn into a pillar of salt, or is this just one of those little fairy tales meant to scare people out of their wits, so that they would shape up or ship out? Actually we can find a reference to the events which transpired at Sodom in the New Testament and the one who told the story was Jesus Christ Himself:
Likewise also as it was in the DAYS OF LOT; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But THE SAME DAY that LOT went out of Sodom it rained FIRE and BRIMSTONE from HEAVEN, and DESTROYED THEM ALL. Even thus shall it be in the day when the SON OF MAN is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE. (Luke 17:28-32)
Now if it was Jesus who spoke about Sodom and the “days of Lot” and Lot’s wife, then we can conclude that this story must be true or Jesus Christ is nothing but a bold faced liar.
In the Old Testament book of [Genesis 18:20-33] we learn that Abraham sought to hold back the hand of God, and pleaded for the Lord to spare the city of Sodom. Abraham petitioned the Lord, not to destroy the righteous with the wicked, and the Lord agreed with that. Abraham asked the Lord if He would spare the city if there were but fifty righteous people inside the city, and the Lord agreed to spare the whole city if there were fifty righteous people. [Genesis 18:24-26] Abraham continued to lower the figure by tens from forty all the way down to ten, and the Lord still agreed to Abrahams request. [Genesis 18:32] So if there were ten righteous people left within Sodom, the Lord would not destroy that city. That was the deal. So what happened next?
The Lord sent two angels to Sodom to visit Lot, who was the nephew of Abraham and they warned them them to leave the city because the Lord was going to destroy the city. The angels advised Lot to take any other relatives with him, and there was a great sense of urgency in their pleading with Lot.
And the men said unto LOT, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For WE WILL DESTROY THIS PLACE, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will DESTROY THIS CITY. But he SEEMED as ONE THAT MOCKED unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened LOT, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; LEST THOU BE CONSUMED in the INIQUITY of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. (Genesis 19:12-17)
So here we have two angels from Heaven, sent by the Lord to warn Lot to get out of the city as quick as he could, along with any who were willing to go with him. When Lot went to his sons in law, they thought that he was joking, and they decided to stay. You have to understand that things were going on as usual in that city, and Lot’s relatives probably thought that he was some kind of a nutjob, for telling them that the city would be destroyed. It got to the point where Lot himself was taking too long, and the angels had to literally grab him, his wife and their two daughters by the hand and yank them all out of the city. Here is what happened next:
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah BRIMSTONE and FIRE from the LORD out of HEAVEN; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But HIS WIFE LOOKED BACK from behind him, and SHE BECAME A PILLAR OF SALT. (Genesis 19:23-26)
It was just another day in Sodom, and the Sun was coming up, and people were probably getting ready to do what they usually did. Perhaps some were already having their morning coffee at the Sodom Coffee and Pastry Shop, or the “Starbucks” of their day, when the great terror from above filled Sodom and Gomorrah. People were probably shocked beyond belief, with many not even realizing what had hit them. It was too late for the relatives of Lot who chose to remain behind. The Lord had fulfilled His word and there was nothing that would stay His Almighty hand.
For if GOD spared not THE ANGELS THAT SINNED, but CAST THEM DOWN TO HELL, and delivered them into CHAINS OF DARKNESS, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of SODOM and GOMORRAH INTO ASHES condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live UNGODLY; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the FILTHY CONVERSATION OF THE WICKED: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The LORD knoweth how to deliver THE GODLY out of temptations, and to RESERVE the UNJUST unto the DAY OF JUDGMENT to be PUNISHED: (2 Peter 2:4-9)