And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here…
I. WHY IS IT, THAT IN THE ESCAPE OF THE SOUL, MEN SO LINGER?
1. The first cause is the entanglement of their affections with worldly things.
2. Another cause of Lot's irresoluteness would be the refusal of his sons-in-law and of their wives, his daughters, to escape with him.
3. Other causes of lingering there may be peculiar to yourselves.
(1) Perhaps you have not fortitude enough to brave the ridicule or the persecution that you will be exposed to.
(2) Perhaps you are but half-persuaded of your peril. Acknowledging in general terms your sin, you do not realize the possible imminency of its punishment. You presume upon a longer probation. You put off Christ with a promise. "Be ye, therefore, ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh."
II. Need I point out to YOU THE PERIL OF LINGERING? It is strikingly illustrated by the narrowness of Lot's escape. How nigh he was to the fate that overtook his wife! How closely his reluctance, which the angels had to force, must have approached to her disobedience, which they had to punish! And how affecting this separation! She who left Sodom with him was not to enter Zoar with him.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.