This past weekend I began a series on Quietude titled “Motherhood,” featuring Mom’s from the Bible and trying to get into their heads a bit in order to understand how they got through (or not) the situations they found themselves in. Because of the response and because I love this type of writing I am going to extend the series into my weekly posts for a season.
It is my opinion that women are rock stars – I think God outdid Himself when He took a piece of Adam and created Eve. A woman of order and loveliness. Perhaps we will study her in the weeks to come, but today?
I’ve heard lessons taught and sermons preached which put Mrs. Lot in a bad light – but today, I want to take the road less traveled and try to empathize with her.
We could safely assume Mrs. Lot is from the land of Ur or the land of Haran. Because it is there we find her husband’s grandfather, Terah, and Uncle Abram. They (Terah, Abram, and Lot) traveled from Ur to Haran and dwelt there (Genesis 11.31). After Grandfather Terah died, the Lord told Abram to leave Haran and he, and all that was with him (including Lot), went to the land of Canaan.
From there they went east of Bethel and the tribe of them continued southbound. Abram and all those with him (Lot is still with Uncle Abram) experienced famine in the land and went to Egypt – a lot of things happened in Egypt. A plot of deceit and Abram, his wife, and ALL that he had were expelled from the country. (Genesis 12.20)
Back to Canaan
And, there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle. (here)
I don’t know about you but when my husband is stressed? He loves to share it and spread it around. And, when I say around – I mean onto me. Anyone?
Mrs. Lot, probably now with her two little girls, was tired. Living in portable tents. Moving from here to yon and back to there and then over to far and way.
The picture is getting clear.
Abraham dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. Genesis 13.12
But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord. Genesis 13.13
Four chapters pass before we hear of Lot and his lot again. Four chapters in the Old Testament cover many, many years and the next time we see Lot, God is ready to pour out His holy wrath on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, for their evil and wicked ways.
Abraham pleads with God for his nephew and family
In Genesis 18.22-33 we find Uncle Abraham interceding for his nephew Lot and his family. The LORD was gracious to Abraham’s intercessions. God’s angels, in the form of men, went to Sodom to convince Lot and his family to flee the city. These two men were met by a band of evil, perverted men who had wicked intentions. Lot tried to reason with the relentless perpetrators but the two angelic beings pulled him inside the door and smote the bad men with blindness.
Can you imagine?
Mrs. Lot and her daughters were inside and the commotion was beyond bearable. Lot was offering his two beloved daughters to the evil men and their husbands thought the whole thing was a joke and ignored Lot’s pleading to get out of the city.
Morning came and the two angelic men urged Lot to take his wife and his two daughters and get out of Dodge. The scene was chaotic to say the least.
Was Mrs. Lot thinking of what to pack? What to take and what to leave behind? Was she taking a final look around her home and thinking, “NOT AGAIN.”
The two angels had to take the hands of all of them and (perhaps) transport them outside the city, with the clear instructions to go forward and not to look back.
Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away. (Genesis 19.17)
Lot continues to bargain
Lot begs the angels to not make him go into the hills but if he could just go to the city nearby called Zoar. At sunrise, Lot in the lead, his wife behind him, and his two daughters entered the village of Zoar.
Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19.24-26
A pillar of salt
Yes, Mrs. Lot disobeyed heavenly orders and she met her doom. This story ends sadly and I cannot help but empathize with Mrs. Lot – finally she had a nice home and her two daughters were married and she was probably looking forward to grandchildren, but, alas…she disobeyed the order of Jehovah God, don’t look back.
Today, we have grace
Because of Jesus Christ we live in a time of grace. How many times do I look back? Or, how many times have I said, “If only.” And, what about those times I live in regret and resentment because of being whiny and discontent? I am eternally grateful for Christ’s atoning blood of forgiveness and His promise of eternal redemption.
We can be recipients of salvation and not wrath.
Mrs. Lot, it could have been me, save for the mercy of Calvary and the grace of resurrection.
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