Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife!
The modern Hebrew word for repent is 'shoov', spelled "sheen"-"beit" ("vet", the secondary form of "beit") In ancient Hebrew script the letter "sheen" is represented by teeth and means "to destroy". The "beit" in Hebrew represents a tent or a house. So a literal reading of "sheen"-"beit" would be "to destroy the house"!
The word picture of the original Hebrew portrays the meaning of the word, which is, "to be taken captive". In the ancient world, conquerors wanted their captives to become part of their kingdoms, and this could only happen if they destroyed homes. So in horror, those who were taken captive would witness their houses being completely destroyed by the conquering kings, so they could never return. From this understanding of being taken captive we grasp the true meaning of "returning" and "repentance": you have left no house behind!
Real repentance means "no turning back" (as the song says). It means that the house you lived in before has been destroyed and you have "died" to living there. Don't look back, in futility, at what has ended forever. Live in the choice you have made to love and serve the resurrected King Jesus. Remember Lot's wife. She escaped Sodom, but became a statue of salt, an eternal monument to half-hearted repentance. Don't let your only testimony be a longing for a house you can never return to.” 5/19/2016 email@example.com
The above from George Worthy is very important in our attempts to discover just what is wrong with modern professing Christians. Look no further!
There is no record that Paul spent much or even any time looking back on his days as the epitome of leadership among the Pharisees. He strongly urged others by his example to “forget those things which are behind and press forward…”
Years ago a wild mountain preacher stated the problem in the colloquial verbiage of the region when he said, “You all need to quit trying live with your head in heaven and your foot in this here old hellacious world! You can’t walk on gold and brimstone at the same time!”
The ole boy had as correct and more understandable definition of repentance, to his listeners, than the most erudite seminary professor.
The New Testament word for repenting etc. is metanoia, meaning a turning around of the mind, usually implying a dramatic 180 degree turn from something to something else. Tons of baggage has been added to the simple truth so vividly portrayed in the Hebrew lingo. We will do better with the simple, a total turn around, or destroy the old house!
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