There were several other angelic visits
recorded in the Bible,
and every single one was significant.
After all, the Greek word for “angel”
is Ἄγγελος (angelos),
which means “messenger.”
Each visit from an angel
brought an important message from God.
As it turned out, however,
not every messenger brought good news–
as Lot and his wife were soon to discover.
Lot was the nephew of Abraham living in Sodom,
and it was he who welcomed two visitors
who turned out to be angels sent by God.
The story recounted in Genesis 19
is familiar to most of us:
After spending quite an eventful night in Lot’s house,
the angels gathered up the family to flee the city
because of its impending destruction.
They gave them very strict instruction
not to look back in their flight.
But as we know,
one of them turned around and looked back:
she was turned into a pillar of salt.
Today there stands a sad-looking pillar of salt
located near the Dead Sea at Mount Sodom.
The locals call it “Lot’s Wife.”