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Never Look Back

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

One of the iconic scenes from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is when Lots wife looked back to watch the destruction she was turned into a pillar of salt. The question is why was she given this fate? Well if we read earlier in the Chapter , the angels warned them “To Run for their lives and don’t look back or they will be destroyed” (Genesis 19:17)

These were direct commands from God. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be destroyed for judgement of their wickedness. Everything in those cities will be destroyed. The Bible tells us that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were extremely wicked before God (Genesis 13:13)

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Luke 17:28-33

Jesus actually references Lots wife in his teaching. He references the Days of Lot, which is the judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus is saying when the final Judgement comes in Christs return. Don’t look back at your former life. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, your only hope for salvation!

We must remember , a final judgement is still coming for the world. Many will ignore the warnings and go about living their daily lives just like in the days of Noah and the days of Lot. But when Christ returns, its too late. Keep focused on Jesus and never look back! Amen!

Abraham Meets Jesus

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, Genesis 18:1-2

This is a very interesting text, here we see Abraham says the Lord “Yahweh” appears to him. The original Hebrew in the text has YHWH translated as LORD in English. So we know that Abraham is saying God appeared to him

The next part is astonishing as God appeared to Abraham in the form of 3 men. People who say the Triunity of God was made up by the Romans or Greek mythology has never studied this text. Here we see the Triunity of God in the Torah.

This is symbolic of the Father, Son , and Holy Spirit. So we can make assumption that one of these men were Jesus Christ. Abraham has now met Jesus face to face and the text says Abraham bowed to the ground to them

And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:10

Why did God appear to Abraham in human form? Well first remember the seed of the Messiah was going to come from Israel by Abraham. So Abraham had divine revelation from God more than anyone at this point.

Second Jesus had a special prophetic message to deliver to Abraham. That by next year the promised Son of Isaac would be here. This is the blessing that Abraham and Sarah have been waiting for years!

Abrahamic Covenant

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. Genesis 17:1-2

Again God reminds Abraham of his covenant with him. Notice the blessings didn’t happen right away, in fact it happened after many years. But God keeps his promises, we just need to learn to be patient and faithful. Notice God says to Abraham “Walk before Me”. Walk with God and he will make our paths straight

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. Genesis 17:3-4

God identifies what the terms on his covenant will be. Abraham will be the “father of many nations” You might say, isn’t Abraham just the father of Israel? Well The Messiah (Jesus Christ ) came through Israel making Abraham the spiritual Father of many nations

Notice also God changes his name to Abraham. Jesus tells us in Revelation we will receive a new name (Revelation 2:17) When we answer our calling to God, he changes us! Just as he changed Saul to Paul or changed Simon to Peter!

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. Genesis 17:10

God confirms his sign or terms of his covenant, it was circumcision. Fast forward to Jesus he said his blood is the New Covenant. (Luke 22) As Abraham entered into God covenant through circumcision, you can enter in Christs New Covenant by faith in Jesus through the shedding of his blood for your sin on the cross! Amen!

Lack of Faith

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. Genesis 16:2

As we saw in the last chapter, God reaffirmed his promise to Abraham that he would get his promised Son of Isaac. However as the years went on, him and Sarah again were losing faith. Sarah at the point figured she would never have children and told Abraham to mate with her servant Hagar

This event would have permanent consequences , not only just for Abraham and Sarah, but also the entire world

And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. Genesis 16:4

Even though Sarah was the one who suggested Abraham take Hagar for another wife, when she conceived a child from Abraham it enraged her. And she despised and hated Hagar for this. This is a classic example in the Bible, where polygamy is always a disaster for those involved. Even though there were those in the Old Testament who practiced polygamy , it was never ordained by God. As God said in the beginning marriage was One Man and One Woman (Genesis 2:24)

And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. Genesis 16:5

Muslims are descendants of Ishmael. So as you can see this child conceived out of the covenant of Marriage will cause major issues in the future for Israel. As God prophesied , Ishmael will be a wild man against everyone and hostile towards his brothers (Genesis 16:12)

So due to Abraham and Sarah’s lack of faith in Gods promise, they created a lot of new problems for them and the entire world.

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26

Counted As Righteousness

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1

At this time Abraham has already gone on a long journey through trials. And God reminded Abraham that he is his protection and he will be blessed. But notice Abrahams response in the next verse

And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? Genesis 15:2

Abraham is like “God I hear what you are saying but I still don’t have my promised Son” Abraham is about 100 years old and at this point is almost giving up on ever being a Father. Abraham decided that a servant of his household would become his heir, because Abraham gave up on Gods promise. However look how God responds

And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. Genesis 15:4

God continues to remind Abraham of his promise, that he would have the promised Son from his own flesh and blood. At this point Abraham thinks this is impossible, but we know all things are possible with God

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. Genesis 15:5

Not only will Abraham have his promised Son, but he will be the Father of many nations, he will have descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6

From a human perspective, this all seemed impossible. But Abraham now fully believed God and was credited to him as righteousness. Notice Abraham was righteous because he had true faith in God, not by his works

Even if it seems impossible from your perspective, nothing is impossible with God. If God made a promise he will fulfill it because he can not lie!

Peace with Everyone

And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Genesis 13:8

At this time, Abraham still didn’t have his promised Son Isaac. So Lot, who was Abrahams nephew, was like a son to him. So this separation between the families had to be very difficult and heart breaking for Abraham.

You know we see this a lot today in Christianity. There are so many different denominations and groups today, that Christians have split apart. Because of our theological differences or different practices, Christians wont even associate with one another. This has to be very upsetting to Jesus , who shed his blood for us all

And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Genesis 14:12

The split did not go well for Lot, as it tells us Sodom was a wicked place (Genesis 13:13) and eventually the city of Sodom was overtaken in a war involving multiple Kingdoms. And Lot was taken captive. If only Lot would have kept his peace and stayed with Abraham this probably would have never happened

Look at all the division in the Church, has any of it been beneficial to the body of Christ? If Christians cant even live in peace with one another, how can we be the light of the world and salt of the earth?

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18

The Bible tells us if at all possible, Live at Peace with everyone. What if Abraham and Lot learned to live in peace with each other? Things would have been different, what if the church learned to live in peace with each other? Could we actually learn from one another? Could we teach one another? Could we serve one another?

Earth Will Be Blessed

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3

At first glance this only appears to be a prophecy about Israel. However as you see at the end of the scripture, it says “All The Earth Will Be Blessed”. How and Why are the questions? Well it started with Abraham and ended with Jesus Christ!

Little did Abraham know or understand , that his promised seed of Isaac would eventually lead to the Messiah. As God told Abraham “You would have descendants as numerous as the stars and sand on the shore” (Genesis 26:4, Genesis 22:17)

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:8-9

The Apostle Paul clarifies this, that we are all justified by faith in God just as Abraham was. Its by faith in Christ you are saved, not by your works. Same with Abraham it was his faith in God that saved him and not his works.

Second we through Jesus Christ are spiritual descendants of Abraham. The entire world will be blessed through Jesus Christ! The Messianic Seed that was promised since the beginning in Genesis. The word Heathen here is used interchangeably with Gentile

Understand that the Bible is a continuous book in complete harmony with each other. God had a redemption plan for humanity and it was through Jesus Christ! Amen

Tower of Babel

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:4

The Tower of Babel was another example of humanity’s efforts to wage war against God. Not long ago God cleansed the Earth from evil with the global flood, it didn’t take humans long to continue their rebellious ways and show a clear hatred for their Creator

The Tower of Babel was supposed to be a structure that would reach the Heavens and make a great name for themselves. We still see this in todays society, humans continue to build large architecture to display their power and dominance.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. Genesis 11:6-7

God had a simple solution to resolve this issue, he would confuse their language. Remember God promised with his covenant with Noah never to flood the Earth again. So rather than destroy humanity again, he just confused them

The word Babel actually means confusion. As it todays language we might hear someone say they are “babbling” or “baby babble” the word is derived from this event

So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. Genesis 11:8-9

God confirms in the scriptures, he confused the languages of the Earth to disperse everyone on the Earth. This is why we have many different languages and countries today.

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:5

So you might say , “what does any of this have to do with me today” Well Satan continues to kingdom of Earth today called “Spiritual Babylon” this is a spiritual kingdom that is still at war with God and its main purpose to bring confusion to people to lead them astray. Spiritual Babylon will try to control the entire world through power of money, politics, entertainment, any influence it can

Eventually this Kingdom will be destroyed forever by Christ! Be careful whos influence you are under!

Be Fruitful and Multiply

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:7

When we look at the social issues of today, abortion , homosexuality, euthanasia, suicide, ect, we see that all these issues have something in common. They go against the direct orders of God and his creation. God told us to be fruitful and multiply. Think about what the previous issues I mentioned result in

The ways of the world contradict Gods plan for humanity. Jesus said Satans agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) All these social issues fit that agenda. They are to take away life rather than to be fruitful and multiply

And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:12-13

God made a covenant with humanity that he will never flood the Earth again. What was the sign of this covenant, of course a rainbow. Do you think its just coincidence that the LGTBQ community stole the symbol of the rainbow? No this is a direct attack and defiance about God Almighty

I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Matthew 22:32

As Jesus stated God is a God of the living and not the dead. He created life and wants it to be fruitful. Look at the movies, TV shows, books, everything in this world is centered around death. Its in complete contradiction to God

If you want eternal life, come to Jesus Christ, the only way, the only truth , and the only life Amen!

Dove Of Hope

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. Genesis 8:11

I like in the beginning of the Chapter it states “God remembered Noah” (Genesis 8:1) Noah, his family, and all the animals were on the Ark for almost a year (some estimate 364 days others 370 days) At some point Noah I had to think God had forgotten about him. There were probably times during the fierce storms when Noahs kids would ask him “When will this be over?” and Noah would just have to wait on God

But God kept his promise as he always does. And notice what animal Noah uses to confirm their freedom? A dove came back with an olive leaf symbolizing hope and peace to Noah and his family. This symbol is still used today, as many have adopted the dove as a symbol of peace and hope.

And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. Luke 3:22

Notice when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon him. Think about it Noah and his family went through the water purification of the Earth in the flood then the dove descended to him. Jesus after he went through the water baptism had the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descend on him.

Noah, the ark, the flood, and the dove were all foreshadows of Christ to come for the hope and peace of the world. God has not forgotten about you either, come to Christ and be saved today! Amen!