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Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)
TITLE: Blessings and Curses
By Garry Stopa
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But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 (NKJV)
Looking back is all it took to change Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt. This does seem to be a harsh penalty, but looking back will prevent looking forward. If we do not see a future in our mind, we will not move forward.
You may or may not be aware; the Bible was originally in two languages, Greek, and Hebrew. It has since, been translated into several languages so we can read it in our native tongue. The Old Testament, written before the time of Jesus, was in Hebrew. The New Testament was originally in Greek. The verse at the top comes from Hebrew.
I would like to draw your attention to the English word, “looked”. In the Scripture above, it comes from the Hebrew word, “naw-bat’”. According to the Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew words *, this word means, “to look intently at---by implication to regard with favor or care”. It seems that Lot’s wife did not want to leave her past behind.
While I studied the verse above, I pictured in my mind, Lot’s wife looking back towards the city. As I pondered this, another Hebrew word came to mind. The word was, “kaw-lal’”. This word means the exact opposite of what Lot’s wife did. Kaw-lal’* means, “to make light---to give no attention”. In Scripture, this word is often translated to the English word, “curse”.
If you came from a past of horrible mistakes, like so many of us, this message is for you. You need to curse your old life. Give no attention to the old you before Christ---what you were has now become meaningless. Give attention to your new life in Christ. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
That is not all. When Jesus made you a new creation, he imparted you with wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30). Maybe God has given you a dream. As you meditate on God’s promises in the Bible, and the dream God has given you, the wisdom of God will flow into your ideas. What you give attention to will be your blessing.
Forget your past---your future is wonderful. God wants to use you for something. If you do not have a dream yet, focus on your future with God---He will give you one!
* Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by JAMES STRONG, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s numbers, naw-bat’-H5027, kaw-lal’-H7043
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