Submitted by: Gordon Gooderham
2 Peter 3:12, 13
Leaving Egypt in disgrace, Abram travelled with his wife, great possessions, and his nephew Lot, in search of good pastureland for their sizeable herds. Settling down near Bethel, it wasn’t long before the competition for grazing rights led to quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot.
Not wanting a family feud to erupt, Abram encouraged Lot to choose an area for his livestock, and Abram would go another direction. Responding to the counsel, Lot looked out at the Jordan Valley, well-watered like a garden, and, without regard for his elder guardian, chose the best for himself. “He pitched his tents near Sodom.” (Gen. 13:10-13)
Then God spoke to Abram, “Lift up your eyes … I will give you.” Abram looked up and saw the promise of all the land and uncountable offspring. There Abram “built an altar to the Lord.” (Gen. 13:14-18)
Shortly thereafter, God looked down to consider an outcry against the evil in Sodom and Gomorrah. By this time, Lot had moved in to Sodom. Was it Lot who cried out to God (2 Pet. 2:6-8) or the polluted land itself, as the blood of Abel cried out to the Lord for justice (Gen. 4:10).
The cities were ripe for judgment, but Lot, his wife and daughters would escape by angelic assistance. Fleeing down the road, Lot’s wife lingered behind, ignored the angel’s warning, and she looked back. (Gen. 19:26). The Targum Jerusalem says Sodom was her hometown, and she longed to remain there. But in that act of disobedience, she was swallowed up by the burning sulphur, encased in the hardening salt. It was for this reason, when speaking to his disciples of the coming kingdom of God and impending judgment, Jesus warned, bluntly, “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32)
About thirty years later, Peter wrote to his persecuted brothers and sisters, reminding them of Lot’s rescue from the destruction of Sodom. Then, concerning the approaching day of the Lord, when the heavens and elements will be destroyed, he challenged the believers, Christians look forward (2 Pet. 3:12), by living holy and godly lives.
This is the kind of people we ought to be, “in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” (2 Pet. 3:13)
Praise the Lord!