For some reason, after sharing the last letter, the phrase “remember Lot’s wife” came to mind. I’ll tell you why I think this is…
“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. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:28-33)
Now for me, I don’t own much, not even many clothes, so the latest news and the thought of getting rid of some things doesn’t bother me much. This is not so for the “Lot’s wife(s)” of today though, them having an ongoing love and desire for the material things of this world and because of this them also possessing a fear of what “letting go” or “leaving” actually means.
Historically, Lot’s wife may or may not have been literally turned into a “pillar of salt.” The important thing for us to see in this is how this woman is A METAPHOR and a TYPE for those who are “scared stiff” or “petrified” of losing their worldly ways and possessions. Beloved, the Spirit has warned God’s people over and over again of the need to get free from the cares of the world and of the love for material things, for if they don’t do that, they can be PETRIFIED WITH FEAR by the things that shall be required of them in the day when “the son of man is revealed.”
Whatever it is that happened to Lot’s wife, I don’t know for sure, but I do know that both Lot and his wife are types of people in the church at the end of the age. Lot was VEXED from living in Sodom, and His wife was not so much, and therefore she disobeyed the express command of God to not “look back.” I imagine that she did this because she so hankered after her house and the material goods of Sodom that she was loath to have to leave those things behind.
Plain and simple, beloved, Lot’s wife seemed to have way too much regard for her stuff, so when she “looked back” to see it all going up in smoke she was turned into “a pillar of salt,” this being some kind of an analogy (or even an idiom) for being scared stiff or petrified with fear.
Just some thoughts…