We know the story of Lot's wife...she couldn't leave the past behind. It was bad enough that her family was raised in Sodom, her husband had position and rank there, and her daughters chose husbands who were ungodly men.
When the angel came to escort them out and to save them from peril, she couldn't handle it. They were told not to look back! She looked back, and was turned into a pillar of salt. What a tragic loss!
When you can't leave your past behind, it will suck the very life from you!!
These two young women lost their mother and their husbands! How would they ever have babies? How would they become anyone's mother? They schemed and plotted to get what they so desperately feared would not happen for them. They decided to commit incest with their father, Lot. They got him drunk, and slept with him on two separate nights. They both got pregnant! They chose to loose their virginity to incest! The results of this sinful, shameful act, was the birthing of the Moabites and the Ammonites. These two nations worshipped other gods. These two women lived lives that produced nothing for God! What a waste!
Their parents were carnal and worldly so what could one expect from these young women? The best way to make sure that you make choices that God can honor is to surround yourself with other women who can have a godly influence on your life. This will help you to trust God for His provision!
Samson lusted after this woman and gave her his heart. She was selfish and slick! She used her womanly whiles to get the truth out of him. She was relentless! Once she got the answer to where his strength lied, that was it! It led to Samson's downfall. She helped to facilitate Samson's blindness, his imprisonment and she was an instrument in causing the death and destruction of 3,000 Philistines. And, if she was present at the festival, she may of died. Scripture doesn't tell us if she was present or not. At any rate, she lost her husband behind her folly!
When someone gives you their heart, treat it with respect and kindness! Don't be a slick, selfish, narcissist!
She was married to Solomon's son, Rehoboam. He loved her above all his other wives. He also allowed idolatry throughout his kingdom. When he died, their son Abijah took the throne and she, as queen mother, retained her position. When he, Abijah, lost his reign, after only three years, (the Lord ended it), his son, Asa became king. He got rid of all the shrines and idols from Judah starting with the ones closest to home. Maacah made a Ashera pole, an idol associated with Canaanite deity, and Asa wasted no time removing his grandmother as queen!
She wasted a perfect opportunity, as queen, to be a good influence in the kingdom, especially among the males in power and authority. If you have the opportunity to be a positive influence, take advantage of it. Don't waste a chance to influence for good! You may never get the opportunity to do it again!
This was the time in the early establishing of the church, where Christians were willing to make sacrifices left and right for one another. They were pooling their resources together to meet each other's needs. What a wonderful, and much needed thing within the Christian community.
Sapphira was married to Ananias. It was within her power to give the amount she and her husband decided. But, she chose to lie about the amount they were giving. I suppose she wanted to make an impression by leading others to believe that she gave more than anyone. She certainly left an impression that day! Her hubby died for lying about the amount they gave and he dropped dead right on the spot. She, being anxious, looking for him, lied about the same and she dropped dead as well. She lied to the Holy Spirit, although she was speaking to Peter. What hypocrisy and deceit!
God sees what's in every man and woman's heart! Why lie? Some Christians lie anyway. There are always consequences for lying. She and her husband paid with their lives! Do not deceive to impress others!
Make Good and Godly Choices!