The first part of my blog on Genesis 19 didn’t exactly ad·here to the title, in any way shape or form. So this time, I’m going to write the title after I’ve finished, which in some regard make my post more aimless, and in others more focused.
Today has been a fairly good day so far, I met a friend in town for coffee, we had a really good chat, and it was nice to catch up with him. This afternoon will involve some tidying, by which I mean shoving everything in to a wardrobe… Close enough.
The second part of Genesis 19 is easier to deal with, it’s not as harsh in terms of human interaction, but in terms of God’s response to Sodom and Gomorrah it’s harder.
We start off with a plan of escape – get out the city, and do it fast. Call your family, and get them out – there’s no time to loose!
Lot and family are running for the hills, but Lot’s life of luxury has caught up with him, he can’t make it, so he begs the angels, lets just go down to the village there, I couldn’t go any further!
The angels, good guys that they are, don’t say sod that and leave him behind, they change plans, and get the whole family down to Zoar.
The angel waits until Lot and Co. are inside the city gates, safe. Then the angels turn round, and the pyrotechnics kick off.
Everything is blowing up, metors raining down. Everything is destroyed.
26 At that point Lot’s wife looked back. When she did, she became a pillar of salt.
Classic story right there, loads of people know she got turned into a pillar of salt.
Two big questions. One is important, one isn’t.
How, as interesting as this question is, we just don’t have enough information to work out how it happened.
Why. This is the important question, Why was she turned into a pillar of salt?
Well, verse 17, it says
17″ After they brought them out of the city, one of the men said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Run to the mountains, or you will be destroyed.”
Looking back wasn’t anything to do with wanting to see the fireworks. Lot’s wife looked back because she didn’t want to leave Sodom behind. Sodom signified everything she wanted of the world. She was rich, had a nice house, a family, there where people to interact with and stuff to do.
The mountains where they where headed had none of that. It was lonely, destitute and she was thinking “I’m on my way, old friends and places behind, clouds and mountains ahead. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather NOT be.”
So she looked round for one final glance at what she once had… and BOOM salt.
Ideally she should have been thinking about where she was going. The mountains where safe, her family was going and the scenery was probably going to be beautiful. Whats more, it was God’s will for her to go to the mountains.
If Lots wife had been more focused on God and less on stuff. If she’d done God will because that is what He asked, not because it seemed to be the best choice, but because it IS the best choice.
Life is similar, sometimes we see a fork in the road coming up, take going to uni – you’ve two paths (lies there a tonnes of options, middle grounds and joining roads) You could spend all your time drinking, or you can study. If you drink you have fun NOW, and if you study, you get to have fun later, you know, in that house you bought with your superspecial awesome job you got from your great degree. Etc etc.
Both sides have benefits, and downsides. It’s the same living a Christian lifestyle. I think this song sums up my point for me.
Shine – Newsboys.
Enjoy. Thanks for reading.