December 3, 2018

My father had just given me, his seven year old son, his instructions for the day. I was to have the lawn mowed and the garage swept out by the time he came home that evening. Then he said, “Do you remember what happened when you talked back to your mother?” I said, “You disciplined me with a spanking.” He said, “And do you remember what happened when you threw a baseball through our neighbors window when I told you not to play baseball near their house?” I said, “You disciplined me with a spanking.” He said, “Well if I come home tonight and the lawn isn’t mowed and the garage isn’t swept out you will be disciplined with a spanking.” I knew dad was telling the truth because of the other two spanking incidents.

Luke 17:26–32 (NLT) — 26 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. 32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!

Jesus is telling his disciples that one day he is going to come back and those who have rejected him will be disciplined severely and permanently. They knew he was telling the truth because he told them of two other times when people were severely and permanently disciplined for rejecting God. By using two Old Testament examples he was also giving the stories credibility. When the people rejected the preaching of Noah they were destroyed. When the people of Sodom continued on in their sin day after day, year after year with no remorse and no repentance they were destroyed. There was no siren that went off to alert them to the danger. No weather report came across the T.V. announcing a flash flood warning or the coming of a raging fire. One second all was calm and the next second it was chaos.

It’s Christmas! And because it is Christmas we should all remember these words of Jesus that are found here in Luke. Perhaps this is the appropriate Christmas Message > “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!”

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