The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is well known wherein God destroys the two cities due to their immense evil while saving Lot and his family. But the thing I want to focus on is a hidden side story that not many people think about – How Lot ended up in Sodom to begin with.
In short, the story begins a while before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, in Genesis chapter 13. Lot is the nephew of Abram (a.k.a. Abraham). Abram and Lot are both wealthy men by the standard of the day; Lots of sheep, cows, slaves, gold and silver.
But there’s a problem, “a quarrel arose between the herders of Abram’s livestock and the herders of Lot’s livestock.” So Abram suggests that they split up, and he allows Lot to choose where he wants to live, and Abram would go elsewhere. ”So Lot raised his eyes and saw that the whole district of the Jordan was a well-watered region … Then Lot chose for himself the whole district of the Jordan.”
Lot picked the best piece of land for himself. But the problem was that this is the land where Sodom and Gomorrah was located. And it’s interesting to see how this affected Lot.
At first, Lot came with his tents, sheep, cows and stuff and camped out in the open like he always had done. In chapter 14 we have the short story of when Lot and his family got kidnapped and Abram took a small army to rescue them. From chapter 14, verse 12 we understand that by that time Lot had moved from his tent, into the city while still keeping most of his goods.
By Chapter 18-19 the people of Sodom had become so evil that God decided to inspect it. He sends two angels to inspect, and when they get there, the men of Sodom basically wants to gang-ass-rape them and the whole family of Lot.
So the angels decide this place needs a good killing, and to save Lot and his family they instruct them to flee to the mountains and – very importantly – to not look back.
But wouldn’t you know it? Halfway there, while burning sulfur rains down from heaven over the city, the wife of Lot turns around to look at the luxuries she left behind and was turned into a pillar of salt.
So what is the lesson here?
Lot was a wealthy man, and he set his sight on providing the best for his family. Good guy, right? But he started camping outside Sodom. From how his wife reacted in the end, we know that his wife was a materialistic bitch who just wanted luxuries, a gold digger. AWALT, amirite? She saw the comforts and luxuries of the city, so she probably nagged him to move a little closer. ”It’s more convenient, honey! I don’t have to walk so far to shop. My feet hurt from walking there and back every time I need to buy a new bracelet or shawl.” Happy wife, happy life, right? So Lot moved his camp closer.
Then she probably nagged him to find a nice apartment. ”It’s to uncomfortable living in a tent, and they have some nice places just by the city gates. Don’t worry, you can still keep your sheep and stuff, honey. But just keep them out of nose’s reach, alright?” Happy wife, happy life, right? Lot probably got something near the edge of town so he still could tend his flocks, because by the time he was kidnapped, he still had all his goods and stuff.
But she had her eyes on better things. ”Honey, I saw that that house we’ve been looking at near the center square is for sale! If you just sell your stinky sheep and cows, we can have enough for a down payment!” Happy wife, happy life, right? Lot sold all his sheep and cows and now lived in the center of the most immoral and evil place on earth. His daughters were engaged to be married to actual Sodomites. He had no sheep, cows or slaves left. Probably spent all the gold on that house she wanted too. By now, he was financially and socially tied down to this place and had lost his freedom of movement.
Then came the judgement! Shit Hits The Fan! They need to Bug Out RIGHT NOW! Leave everything behind!
But Lot’s wife couldn’t. Her whole life by now revolved around the comfortable, luxurious city life. She probably had friends among the Sodomite women. ”Oh, they’re not so bad once you get to know them. Her husband has murdered 13 people and likes to rape babies and goats, but who am I to judge?”
The angels literally grabs them by the hands and drags them out of the city. But as they’re running over the low plain towards the mountains, fire falling from heaven behind them, all Lot’s wife could think about was the material things she left behind. ”What is going to happen to our house?! My jewelries! My dresses! My sandals!” So she showed her true colors, turned around to look at the things behind, longing for material goods rather than trying to save her own life. As a divine punishment for her gold digging ways she turned into a pillar of salt. Crazy day.
Lot and his daughters escaped with their lives, but Lot lost all his wealth and had to live in a cave. And that’s what happens when you put a woman’s happiness first or let a woman run your finances.
Also: Have your Bug Out Bag in order.