Thursday, November 10, 2011

vayeira

VAYEIRA
Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

“Now YHVH had caused sulfur and fire to rain upon Sodom and Gomorrah, from YHVH, out of heaven. He overturned these cities and the entire plain, with all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation of the soil. His (Lot) wife peered behind him and she became a pillar of salt.”(19:24-26)
Of Lot’s wife the end is recorded in a curt and blunt fashion. The angel who had warned and waited Lot of these cities’ pending destruction, also warned that those who are to flee: “....do not look behind you nor stop anywhere in all the plain; flee to the mountain (Zoar) lest you be swept away....” The command was given not because the impending scene would be too awful to behold, for  what man can endure, man can behold. The command  issued was to be a motivation for those who wish to save from destruction more than they have time to save, to the loss of all. The thought of all she had possessed, the wealth from which she could have been sustained and have enjoyed, the loss of which suddenly became to her a thought of horror and waste. She paused and turned to look to see if, perchance and possible that anything could be saved. Unable to move, perhaps paralysed with an unknown future for her family, she turns toward the destruction she has heard only to become overtaken with the sight of what she has witnessed and the aforetold consequence now is enjoined-----a pillar of salt she becomes, an immediate entombment which undoubtedly grieved sorely Lot and his daughters.
The death of Lot’s wife proclaims that if we crave to make the best of both the secular world and the world of holiness, we shall probably lose both. What else is it that ruins some people who suppose themselves rich in the way of the world? The world is in their hearts; they refuse to pursue with an undivided mind the gentle nudges and promptings of a better wisdom. Their hearts lie with their treasure and their treasures are not really of a spiritual excellence, their thoughts not of a righteous purity of character, their walk not in the gentle paths where God is known, but with and in the comforts and gains of the life of the luxurious plain.
Up to the Divinely proclaimed metamorphosis of Lot’s wife, she had done as well as he, had kept pace with him and their Heavenly escort; her failure at a critical moment, when she could not allow her former lifestyle to be totally forgotten, destroyed her. The urgency which was shown by the angels toward Lot and his family may not be felt by many, but it should be felt by those whose conscious have been provoked into the realisation that they have become involved in a state of matters which will be ruinous. Wise people throughout the world, even when they see the probability of disaster, cannot bear to be on the losing end of worldly treasures. They will always wait, allowing themselves to believe they can save more, to begin anew with less of an inconvenience. They will not understand that it is better to live naked and destitute with a good conscience and high moral standards than in abundance with self-contempt. What they have always seems more to them than what they are.

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