Text: :"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". - Genesis 19:17.
Comment: This was an instruction given to Lot, his wife and his two daughters by the angels sent by God to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities were notorious for homosexuality and all sorts of sinful acts to the extent that they even demanded to have carnal knowledge of the two visitors in Lot's house, not knowing they were angels. (Genesis 19:4 – 11) The two angels instructed Lot to go and inform his family members and in-laws to leave because Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be destroyed for their heinous sins, but they did not believe, neither did they heed Lot's instruction. (Genesis 19: 12 –14) In the end, when the cities were destroyed, only Lot and his two daughters who responded positively to the instruction of the Angels to “…Escape for thy life …” were saved from that destruction.
St Peter, speaking on this, admonished Christians that we should learn from Lot who separated himself by not taking part in the sinful activities prevalent in Sodom and Gomorrah, hence he was found righteous and was delivered when the cities of Sodom were destroyed. “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” - Jude 1:7; see also 2 Peter 2:6, 7.