Departing from God's Command

But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Departing from God's Command
Lot's wife is held up to us as an example by Christ's teaching, for He refers to her when He says (Luke 9:62): "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." And in His earnest address concerning the Last Day He says (Luke 17:32): "Remember Lot's wife." From this we readily understand what it means to look back, namely, to depart from God's command and to be occupied with other matters—matters outside one's calling—like the man who has been commanded to follow Christ and wants to bury his dead first (Matthew 8:21). Hence this is a sign or lesson and a warning not to allow ourselves to be hampered in our calling, as Peter in John 21:20 looked back at John but was rebuked by the Lord. For everyone should stick to his own calling and not concern himself with what others are doing. . .. The Word of God is being preached to us today; we must hear and receive it without any argument. We must not become questioners who ask God why He has brought the sound doctrine to light at this time and not in former times. Thus this account teaches us to remain steadfast, for he who wants to be a Christian must not change his purpose: he must not look for another way or another Gospel. In this one and only way there is salvation; if you enter upon another, you have perished and are like Lot's wife.
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