The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost | July 4th, 2021
When the dawn came, the angels urged Lot, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, so that you will not be swept away by the guilt of the city.” 16 But Lot was taking too much time, so the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, because of the LORD’s compassion for him. They led him out and placed him outside of the city. 17 Then when they had taken them out, one of them said, “Run for your life! Don’t look behind you, and don’t stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, so that you are not swept away!” 18 Lot said to them, “Oh no, my lord. 19 See now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great mercy by saving my life. I cannot flee to the mountains, or this disaster will stick with me, and I will die. 20 Look, this city is close enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Please let me flee there—isn’t it just a little one?—so that my life will be saved.” 21 The man said to him, “Very well, I have granted your request concerning this thing, so I will not overthrow the city that you have spoken about. 22 Hurry, flee there, because I cannot do anything until you get there.” So the city was named Zoar. 23 The sun had risen over the land when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire out of the sky from the LORD. 25 He overthrew those cities, as well as all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew in the soil. 26 But Lot’s wife, who was behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.