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She became a pillar of salt
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But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
This is Lots wife the scripture is talking about. She was looking back to the good land that Lot had chosen when Abraham had given him a choice. I often wondered why she looked back at a time when they were literally running for the lives. The cities were full of corruption, perversions and evil. Things were so bad, the Lord was going to destroy the cities. Though there is no written clue to why she looked back, I do have some thoughts to what she might have been thinking.
We must remember, things were good in the beginning. Lot had to choose a new place to dwell because he and Abraham were very prosperous. Lot chose the better land to dwell in. And Lots wife lived the good life.
In addition, women seem to be attached emotionally to their homes than most men. Because of this, I believe the pull on her emotions were very strong as they were running away.
With this being said, my theory is she possibly was very troubled and even angry about the way this whole situation played out. She could have been questioning God and His love for her. She could have been wondering why God had taken the good life from her. She could have been bitter at Lot for letting all this corruption get out of control. She could have been angry because her peace and security had been taken from her. There are a number of negative thoughts and feelings that could have been clouding her mind. In her mind, her world had been destroyed emotionally and spiritually long before the Lord showed up to destroy the cities physically.
What tidbits can we get from this story?
1. Because she looked back, she lost a Lot. (It’s a joke. You will get it in 15 minutes.) (If you don’t get it, email me.)
2. If we are not careful we could get angry about all the hardships and out of control situation in our lives. In turn we could become a pillar of salt. Meaning we could live as bitter Christians always looking back and wondering why.
We are meant to be salt to the earth but we cannot be forever angry and bitter at the past, people and God. Just like Paul, we need to let go of the things that hinder us. Forget the past and press toward the high calling of God.
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19 Aug 2010
I agree with your theory. It is very appropriate. I also liked
'She lost a Lot.' Beautiful. Andy, maybe I'll forget your name and maybe the title of the article in due course of time, but i am sure I'll never ever forget the verse 'She lost a Lot.' Wow. Classic.
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