Friday, January 27, 2012

Genesis 19-21: Everything Shall Live

Genesis 19:29 “When God ravaged and destroyed the cities of the plain [of Siddim], He [earnestly] remembered Abraham [imprinted and fixed him indelibly on His mind], and He sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when He overthrew the cities where Lot lived.”

In reading these chapters, I remembered that the Valley of Siddim was mentioned in Genesis 14:3-8, describing the battle between the kings reigning over that area. According to Genesis 14:3, the Valley of Siddim “…is [now] the [Dead] Sea of Salt.”

I thought it was interesting that the very area destroyed by God for its wickedness, now it filled with salt. Not only was Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt, but I believe this whole area was changed to salt as a result of God’s judgement.

Regular marine life cannot grow or live in the dead sea because of its high saline (salt) content. The Dead Sea is a reminder of the consequences of sin, and just how far reaching those consequences can be.

But even in this stark reminder of sin’s consequences, redemption is apparent. Algae, fungi and bacteria living in the Dead Sea have been used in medical treatments. And, according to Ezekiel 47:8 & 9, one day sin’s mark will be cleansed and healed.

8 “Then he said to me, These waters pour out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah (the Jordan Valley) and on into the Dead Sea. And when they shall enter into the sea [the sea of putrid waters], the waters shall be healed and made fresh.”

9 “And wherever the double river shall go, every living creature which swarms shall live. And there shall be a very great number of fish, because these waters go there that [the waters of the sea] may be healed and made fresh; and everything shall live wherever the river goes.”

Our God is One of righteousness and redemption!!!

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