Lot’s wife ignored the angels’ warning not to look back. Her lax attitude cost her dearly. (Genesis 19:14-17, 26) “Remember the wife of Lot,” Jesus warned.—Luke 17:32.
What does Genesis 19: 26 means?
Christ has a stern and strong warning to those people who put their hands on the plow and look back. He said in Luke 9:62:
“No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Putting your hands on the plow is a proverbial expression that signifies undertaking a new business. In this case, putting our hands on the plow means that we have decided that we are going to commit our lives to God. We believe that God will save us when we repent of our sins, get baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.
Jesus lived in an agricultural age where His audience is very well familiar with what Christ exactly means. For a plowman to be successful in His work, he must concentrate on the job he started. He knows that the only way is forward and not being distracted by the things left behind.
In case the plowman starts to look back, his plow line would become crooked. If that happens, the field he is plowing will not yield a full harvest.
The Lord rained down brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah from heaven, and the smoke of all the plain went up like the smoke of a furnace. But Lot’s wife did not listen to the angel’s counsel or warning, and she remembered Sodom. Looking behind her, she turned around and saw that her whole body had become a pillar of salt because of the salt falling from heaven. For this, we have learned from our descendants.
Hebrews 6:4-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.