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Pearls of the Kingdom 3/6/24

I must believe that whether it is the Old Testament or New Testament we will not be disappointed if we are looking for treasure found in Gods’ word. 

2 Tim 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

I started out in the New Testament (Matt 5: Salt & Light) and I find myself in the Old Testament (Gen 13-19). Just seeking, asking, knocking, what treasure does the Holy Spirit want me to discover? There are three important people for us to consider in these chapters, Abram, Lot and Lots wife.

It is here in these chapters that we read mainly about Abram and Lot. Woven into this is we find Lots’ wife mentioned. To be honest I was not familiar with Lots’ life story. So it was good to read this again. I believe we are more familiar with Lots’ wife, who we never know her name. She is always referred to as, “Lots’ Wife.” We are most familiar recalling the escape from Sodom, her hesitation to go, pushed, pulled out to leave and later looking back when told not too, turning into a pillar of salt. 

Gen 19:16-17 “When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the LORD was merciful. When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”

Gen 19:23-26 “Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon. Then the LORD rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.”

Thoughts as I ponder Lots’ wife.

1.    She is mentioned later in Lots’ story after he had settled in Sodom. 

2.    One may think that she had lived in Sodom? 

3.    If we believe that she had lived in Sodom before becoming Lots’ wife then she was aware, influenced by the sins of the city.

4.    She was exposed to faith. We are told that Lot was a righteous man. 

5.    Did Lot have any positive influence on her life?

6.    When destruction of Sodom was pronounced, she was included with Lot being shown the way, told the way to safety, saved from the coming destruction (salvation) by the angels. 

7.    Her safety, salvation was so close, just ahead, just follow instructions. 

8.    Did she leave family behind, did the cares, the desires, the life she lived in Sodom pull on her life in such a way that she chose to look back when told not too? 

9.    Realizing she was about to loose it all. Difficult for her to accept? Looking back one last time, one last look at all she was giving up?

10.  By looking back, she lost everything, most important her life. 

11.  We are reminded of the consequences of not obeying, "run and don't look back!"

12.  For such a small mention of her life here in Genesis, but a BIG, lasting impact, impression, a warning to future generations.

Then we find these words of Jesus, 

Luke 17:32-33 “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.”

Stories like this impact, speak to each one of us differently. What is important is that we allow her story to challenge us, cause us to make some course adjustments, life changes, priority shifts, so that we will not miss the mark. 

Php 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Pastor Jeff

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