Yesterday was a short day. Since we slept overnight with the bedouin tribe we were all ready to go home. Referring to the Jerusalem Studies Center as home sounds odd even though that is what it is becoming.
The first thing we did in the morning was eat breakfast. The bedouins do not eat much but they eat good. Their food is always tasty. I had pita bread with humice and scrambled eggs with cheese. It was delicious. After this we got all of our stuff together and headed out towards one more destination before making it home to rest. We went to the Dead Sea.
Now I was full of exuberant enthusiasm about this because of the stories I have heard about the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea had approximately ten times more salt than other salt water bodies of water. I had heard that this sea was so buoyant that you just floated regardless of your breathing. So with me being so excited I booked it out there and the first thing that happened was my eyes making contact with the water. You know how soap burns when it gets into your eyes? Yea, amplify that by 20. So I had to get out of the sea make it back to my stuff while being basically blind just to dry off my eyes. After I learned my lesson I got back in and experienced the Dead Sea.
If you drown in this sea you fail at life. It is almost impossible to get underneath the water. The stories are true, you literally float. Your skin becomes super silky and slimy and if you have any open wounds they will burn badly. The color of the water was beautiful. In some places it was light blue and others dark blue and different shades of blue were all over. It did not take long for the transition of color in the water to occur. One area will be light blue and the section directly next to it will be dark blue.
The ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were located where the Dead Sea Stands today.
Genesis 18 and 19 give the story of these sinful cities and how The Lord destroyed them with Sulfur raining down from heaven and how Lots wife turned into a pillar of salt for looking back at the city. Genesis 19:4-11
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old – sourrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
Can you imagine this scene. Picture this in your head. Lot brings the two strange men into his house. Someone sees the two new men and informs people of the city. They plan together to get Lots visitors and to have sex with them. Once they show up at Lots house they are denied what they want. So they begin to demand and beat down Lots door. All of a sudden all these men become blind and cannot see! I can see these two men inside Lots house waving their hands and with one sweep striking all these disgusting people blind. This is like a scene you would see out of a Hollywood movie. These men then tell Lot to leave and once Lot is gone the Lord rains sulfur down on the cities killing everything.
Interestingly enough there is nothing alive in the Dead Sea. The Irony I find in this sea is that its minerals have healing powers and companies mine its minerals to sell all around the world. From the annihilation of those cities we now have the Dead Sea that provides healing minerals worldwide for people to use.
Do I really believe that Sodom and Gomorrah were actually located where the Dead Sea stands today? I’m not really sure. I would say that the evidence it pretty solid.
The Lesson we can all gather from this is that God can use bad for good.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
If you are called by God and if you have aligned yourself with his will everything that happens to you will be used for good. In all things God does this for us.
We should rejoice that when we are persecuted it will be used for good.
We should rejoice and praise God in every situation because we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.