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Lesson # Genesis 19:26
Study Material - Genesis 19:26
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
26 But his wife, from behind him, looked back; and she became a pillar of salt.
Lot in the lead, his daughters next in line and Lot's wife bringing up the rear, as they neared their destination away from Sodom. Lot looked forward and the wife looked rearward. Such is life for all people. They are either looking forward to where they should be going in life, or they are looking back into the past, to what they have left behind, or to what they have become comfortable.
The salt is the result of ones poor decisions. Normally salt is used to preserve, or to enhance taste. But too much salt can be used as a destroyer. David salted the ground of his enemy to prevent planting and future use of the soil for crops. So salt is a double edged sword. Thus while believers are said to be the salt of the earth to prevent its destruction, on the other hand, Lot's wife refused the salting of her soul, so God destroyed her with the total salting of her entire body.
She lagged behind. She should have been up there with Lot, her husband. A spouse's place is beside the spouse, not ahead, not behind. They are two combined in marriage and should consider themselves as one being, in their marriage, with one mutual and compatible purpose. Certainly they are independent persons and as such have different interests, but their personal interests need to be compatible and for the betterment of the marriage and the family. Personal interests need also take a lower priority than those of the family.
The wife thought a couple of things. She had already been told that the city was to be destroyed, that there would be nothing left. She was told not to look back lest she herself would be destroyed. Both of these warnings were ignored. She did not believe them. She did not obey them. Consequently she destroyed herself because of her own refusal to listen, to learn, to obey Gods command. She was her own worst enemy. Her past life in Sodom was more real to her than the truth.
So we are herein warned by God to listen tot he story of Lot's wife, to learn the lesson, and to not travel the same mistaken path that she did. We are told to remember Lot's wife, Luke 17:32, and in Eze. 3:18, 20. He who ignores God, and pursues his former life, or pursues his comfort in a life that does not include God, will lose everything.
How many think of life as happening to everyone else. We see life on the TV, hear it on the radio, watch it in movies, or see it out of our windows. Life is 'out there', sort of detached from us personally. But here Lot's wife, whose name we do not know, is merely leaving a city under a destruct order from God. She was a normal person with no real significance in life, like you and me. We are not in the headlines, not even in the news. We all just live our lives day to day and history doesn't have much to say about us other than a birth and death certificate. So all of us are the John and Jane Doe's of life. But that is exactly the way that the world looks at us, not how God looks at us.
He, God, knows each of our names personally. He comes to visit with us when we have doctrine present or near us in some form. So Lot's wife had doctrine present even inside her home. It was the most valuable thing in her life and she ignored it. She wanted to hang on to her gossip, her life style, her passive rejection of God, and therein is the biggest threat to anyone's life - the addictive clinging to something dead rather than breaking away from it to be a part of something alive, Bible doctrine.
She could have had a little flavoring of salt that would have given her life meaning, purpose, prosperity, an eternal greatness, but she rejected it. God gave us a lesson in making her a pillar of salt. She rejected a little salt (Bible doctrine) so God poured it on to the total saturation point. She died in the very thing that she rejected.
Sodom represents sin certainly, but more than that it represents the passive ignoring, as well as active rejection, of Gods Word in ones life. You can be adamantly against truth as we have seen in the examples of the terrorists in Afghanistan. That is certainly living in sin. But you an also be simply not interested in God, and that is living in sin as well. Both types of people are classified as evil. Both are without God. Both are doomed. The only real difference between the two is the amount of trouble that each causes others in the world. The former is obvious, the latter not so obvious.
Lot's wife had an opportunity to get her life back on track. She was delivered. God gives us all opportunities, but too often we fall back into the same pattern of life that we have become accustomed. The best decision in life is to begin and maintain a daily Bible study, to begin that salt flavoring preservative of your soul with Bible doctrine. A little each day will extend your life into eternity as a winner in life.
Whether you like it or not you are going to be in eternity one way or another. We will all die one day, and after death is our eternal status. The big difference between us all is that we are either going to be in eternity in great prosperity or not. And as far as life here on earth goes, we will either receive greater blessing or we will be miserable. Either way the result of our life resides inside our daily decisions.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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