Monday, February 06, 2006

Don't Look Back

"But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."(Gen 19:26, nkjv)

Its verses like these we love to bounce around in our theological arguments. Did Lot's wife turn into real salt? Was it a symbol? How is that possible? Why? Doesn't God just love anyway? The Truth is, The Bible offends. When something twists against are theological framework we reject it. This dangerous attitude should be the other way round, we should allow the Bible to question our structure not vice versa!

So why this verse? This verse is a warning for us, who think if we can dabble into a bit of the world and a bit of God hoping to avoid judgment. This is a pain staking verse and shows that we must be for God or against Him. We laugh and mock and say "surely not, because everything is brand new in the NT". Is it? Let us turn to the Message of our Wonderful Messiah. In the context of the Future judgment (Which Peter describes in 2 Peter 3:10) and His Second Coming, Jesus said "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it."(Luke 17:28-33). Is this verse hard to swallow? It's certainly is for me! However it is so easy to put on our theological caps, read the context, the Greek, the manuscripts, trying to find away out of it. Let us stop this and allow the Word of God to challenge us. We must ask ourselves seriously today, whose side are we on? Let us draw near to our Loving Father who has promised to protect us from this Divine judgment if we trust in His Son. What a wonderful promise that is. But let us not forget Lot's wife and carry on pressing forward.


  • You're right Tim - we do need to realise that being a Christian is an all or nothing decision. Jesus demands that we give to him everything that we have - and this is a hard thing to do, as you say.
    Thanks for the reminder to 'press on' and not look back to the past!

    By Blogger Dan, at 8:54 AM  

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