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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Remember Lot's Wife (Luke 17:32)

"Remember Lot's wife!"

Instead of playing the game, Trivia Pursuit, many live lives of trivia pursuit. Lot's wife did and she missed the Big Event. Well, she was a memorable part of the Big Event. The photo on the right captures a salt pillar on the Dead Sea's salty coast to remind us of her vain existence. Is this Lot's wife? No one knows really. She definitely made her mark though, and left a legacy.

Why does Jesus use Lot's wife to illustrate the coming of the kingdom? Let's just imagine together what life must have been like for the wife of a city council member by looking at her Day Timer:

6:45 - Relax over a cup favorite coffee, light a candle for mood enhancement
7:00 - Do a few exercises in your "life is good" tee-shirt
7:30 - Get hubby off to work/check e-mail 
8:00 - Make bed and do light house work (if time allows) 
8:15 - Get dressed for a busy morning of pampering
9:00 - Manicure and pedicure (maybe even a facial, if time allows) 
10:00 - DSW (definitely need another pair of trendy new sandals) 
11:30 - Join some friends for a light lunch and a bit of shopping 
3:00 - Stop by Fresh Market and pick up Southwest stuffed chicken breasts, bread, and a salad for dinner (also snacks for Bunko group which meets later in the evening and trick or treat candy for the grand kids) 
4:30 - Change Face book profile to include photos taken at the ballgame the previous weekend 
5:00 - Google information about tummy tuck procedures 
5:30 - Throw dinner together 
6:00 - Eat dinner with hubby
6:45 - Change into new jeans picked up earlier in the day and set out snacks for Bunko party which starts at 7:00 
10:30 - Check Facebook. Do more research on tummy tuck and laser procedures.
11:30 - Lights out

Did we miss anything? 

Time. Everyone has the same amount. You can waste it, like Lot's wife. 

It's not that Lot's wife was a particularly bad woman, but that God, who created her, wasn't a part of her life at all! She was "alienated from the life of God" and walked "according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience", and "fulfills the lusts of the flesh and of the mind" (Eph 4:18; 2:3,4). Lot's wife did nothing to prepare for the coming day when she would turn into a pillar of salt. The events of her life were so carefully planned that she had no time to consider her Creator and eventual death. 

Lot's wife could be anyone of us. That's why Jesus used her as an example of what not to be. So, as you go about your day, remember Lot's wife.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading: Luke 17:20-18:14

  • What misconception do the Pharisees have regarding the kingdom of God?
  • Why will many miss the coming of the kingdom?
  • What two things does Jesus teach the disciples about prayer through the parable of the persistent woman?
  • What was the woman seeking from the judge?
  • What does this tell you about Jesus and justice?
  • How does the woman's prayer differ from that of the Legalist?
  • How is it similar to the tax collector's prayer?
John 17:1-52
  • Why do so many, including Jesus' brothers, regard Jesus with animosity and refuse to believe in Him?
  • Why are the Pharisees so afraid of Jesus?
  • What does Jesus offer those who place their trust in Him?
Turning truth into prayer
Is your relationship with Christ one of following rules and regulations or one of Spiritual life? Ask the Lord to open your eyes to all that He is for you in Christ Jesus. "Father, would you give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, open and enlighten the eyes of my understanding that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward those who believe" (Ephesians 1:17-19).