Robert Zollinger Discusses Lot's Wife
The January 4 church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church began with a welcome and announcements by Clifton Brandt. The boys’ dean wants everyone to remember the dorm open house from 10:00 to 2:00 tomorrow. There was a chimney fire yesterday at Georgia Sinclair’s place; we need to remember them in our prayers.
After an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano, Clifton Brandt had the invocation, the congregation sang “Sing to the Great Jehovah’s Praise”, and Clifton Brandt had the Morning Prayer. Daryll Ellis and Paul Frechette collected the church offerings; the loose offering went for church budget. Wanda Sarr mentioned that the church board had voted an increase in the church donation to the Worthy Student Fund. All church members need to keep this in mind when giving for the church budget. Clifton Brandt prayed for the offerings.
London Lee then had the children try to recognize various voices in the congregation. In the Bible, Jesus said that His sheep know His voice. The other day Pastor Lee’s family was at WalMart. Pastor Lee noticed in a magazine that an actress in Manhattan bought an apartment for $9 million. He got to talking to a lady who was also in line. This lady said that her pastor had preached a sermon on the fact that Satan had changed the day of worship to Sunday (her church had approximately 1000 members). Pastor Lee then said she should read The Great Controversy; it turned out that she had bought a used copy of the book. The children then had prayer. One of them prayed for the lady.
Robert Zollinger then spoke on the topic “Remember Lot’s Wife”. The congregation sang “I Would Draw Nearer to Jesus”, and Clifton Brandt had the benediction.
Clifton Brandt – local church elder / works with the campus sewer, water, and boiler systems
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus / works with the yearbook ads and still does some nursing in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home /pianist for both services this date
London Lee – Laurelbrook campus chaplain
Paul Frechette – retired but still active Laurelbrook business manager / local church deacon
Robert Zollinger – retired Laurelbrook president and board chairman
Following are some notes from the sermon:
- Luke 17:32 32 Remember Lot's wife.
- Jesus was asked when the Kingdom of God would come.
- Jesus then said that the Second Coming would be such that everyone would see it, would be sudden, and then said to remember Lot’s wife.
- Abraham entertained angels and Jesus. He was bargaining with the Lord.
- Genesis 19:1-2 1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
- The people of Sodom wanted to have intercourse with the angels. The angels then pulled Lot into the house and smote the people with blindness. This should have made an impression on Lot’s wife.
- Genesis 19:12-16 12 ¶ And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. 15 ¶ 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. 16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful.
- Ellen White says that Lot was stalling.
- Genesis 19:17-20 17 ¶ And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
- Genesis 19: 23-26 23 ¶ The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 ¶ But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- Lot got to a small city and then decided to seek refuge in a cave in the mountains.
- Ellen White seemed to be pleading with people to leave the cities. If Lot had hastened as the Lord wanted, his wife would not have been changed into a pillar of salt.
- God will reveal from point to point what to do next. Lot didn’t see his errors until he saw his wife as a pillar of salt. His lingering spirit caused the problem.
- Lot was greatly influenced by the people he had lived with plus he had a lot of wealth, which he didn’t want destroyed.
- He had had no intention of joining in with the worldly people around him, but he was blinded by their influence nevertheless.
- When God’s mercy reaches its limit, mercy is withdrawn and judgment will take place.
- We are living in a time of this world’s history when this limit will be reached again. We wait for the Sunday law to make a change, but this will be too late.
- When we deny Christ’s character in our daily living, the fate of Lot’s wife will be ours.
- In Noah’s time, God took people out and put them in the ark. Later this happened to Lot, then later to Christ’s disciples when Jerusalem was destroyed.
- We are living in the same situation as happened in those times.
- It’s one thing to have the Lord take us out of a sinful atmosphere, but it’s another to take sin out of the person. Sin is presented minutely via the various technologies today.
- Ellen White says in 7T (1902) that everyone needs to get out of the cities because God’s judgments are coming on these cities. God is showing us what is going to happen to the whole world (example – the hurricane that hit the Philippines).
- She says that the world is sinful in the extreme so the world will be destroyed by fire and other means. Accumulated riches will become as nothing. This will show men that their evil has caused this.
- Lot’s wife turned to salt after the destruction of Sodom.
- Sodom was full of the same evil as today.
- God is trying to wake us up by the destruction all around us. These calamities will come one after another.
- This doesn’t show that God is not a God of love, for He allows these calamities to come to push us to talk to Him and wake up and secure our salvation.
- The time will come when Adventists want to leave the cities, but they will have waited too long and won’t be able to.
- Ellen White says in the book Country Living that two or three families should go into the country and purchase land and establish church schools for their children. In this environment, you can teach children to have good health.
- God’s people are not ready for this time because they haven’t prepared.
- In the early 1900s, Adventist schools were going in the wrong direction. Counsel came to Ellen White that special schools should be established to correct this – students and staff are to learn to live on the land and grow their own food, they are to establish a school environment for their children, and they must teach and practice health (health reform).
- Sutherland and Magan believed this, and Ellen White helped them established the Nashville Normal Institute (later known as Madison).
- One of their primary aim was to establish church schools. In their first year at Madison, they established 400 church schools in the South.
- The church had to provide a place for the teacher and a place for the school and a salary of $10 per month.
- Why did the Lord want us to leave the cities and go to the country and start a school?
- Mr. Bob’s advice was to first talk to the church to get authority to start a school. Church schools all around Laurelbrook have closed. In our schools, we need a program to train students and staff to hold a school.
- It’s all right to homeschool students, but this doesn’t fit in with the ordinary concept of Adventist education. Ellen White says to teach your children.
- We are somewhat like Lot, but we keep waiting around and listen influences other than God’s. We also keep looking at the “things” we need. We cannot expect to have fine furnishings. We must grow your own food and eat it.
- We shouldn’t be throwing away food but using it. Too many of us are like Lot and his wife – wanting our own way.
- Remember Lot’s wife. Use the principles you have been given.