Ok, just to warn you, this post is going to be very different from any I have posted before. No crafts, no tutorials, no life updates. But I’ve had this stuff on my mind for a week and needed an outlet to talk about it, and this was the best option.
I started going through a Bible study this year that talks about a different woman in the Bible each week.
The study is for one year, but I didn’t get started right away so I’m a few weeks behind. Last week, the woman of focus was Lot’s wife. If you’re not familiar with her story, basically she and her husband and family lived in Sodom, the most degenerate place on earth at the time. God was going to destroy the city because of their wickedness, but out of His mercy, he sent two angels to get Lot and his family out of the city before He destroyed it. The men of the city tried to get Lot to turn the angels over to them so they could “know them carnally,” to use the Scripture’s wording. Lot offered his two daughters to the men instead. Long story short, the angels got Lot and his family out of the city, but Lot’s wife turned back to look, against direct orders, and turned into a pillar of salt. And the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were utterly destroyed with fire from heaven.
Yeah, that happened. The story can be found in Genesis 19, if you want the dirty details.
But then, in my own personal Bible reading, I just happened to be in the book of Judges, chapters 19 and following, which tells the story of the Levite from Ephraim and his wife. Again, long story short, these two were traveling on their way home and stopped in Gibeah. They were invited to lodge with another man from Ephraim who lived there. And, just as in Lot’s story, the men of Gibeah came at night and demanded that the host turn over his guest for their sexually depraved desires. And, again, the host and Levite instead offered up their daughter and wife, respectively. The men took the Levite’s wife, had their way with her all night, and left her dead at the door. Word spread throughout Israel of this tragedy, and they came against Gibeah and destroyed it.
It definitely wasn’t by choice that I was studying these two passages at the same time, but I couldn’t help but be struck by the similarities between the two. In both cases, the wicked men violently demanded satisfaction to their depraved desires. In ancient times, hospitality was highly viewed and honored, and instead of giving up their guests and damaging their images/social standing, the hosts in these stories gave up the most innocent and helpless people available to be ravaged. People who were given absolutely no choice in the matter.
And in both cases, the ultimate end of the story was complete destruction for the wicked.
And while stories of this exact nature may not seem exactly common at this point in history, or even relevant to the casual observer, how many millions of innocent lives have been slaughtered in the name of “choice.” Daily, the most innocent and helpless among us are killed to preserve social standing, out of “convenience,” pressure, fear, etc. The lives of our unborn are offered up on the altar of selfishness and sin. And that’s just one of the many ways this country/world has turned their backs on God and His Word.
We thumb our noses at His commands, willfully and gleefully disregard His laws and will, seek our own pleasures and desires instead of seeking Him and His truth.
And I have to wonder, how long until God says, “Enough is enough,” and He rains down the same destruction upon us.
I was going to talk about something else in this post, too, but I think that’s enough for today. I’ll save that one for another day. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. I hope it gave you some food for thought at least.