The Dead Sea Will Live Again
Posted: Tuesday, November 24
1 Peter 2:11-3:7
Verse of the day:
Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. (Ezekiel 47:8)
Whenever our church travels to the Holy Land we always spend a day down at the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is a fascinating place; it is the lowest place on earth at 1400 ft. below sea level and it is one of the saltiest bodies of water at 34% salt. Because of the level of salinity there are no fish in the sea. Further, the Dead Sea is dying; the water level drops 3 ft. each year as thousands of tons of water are evaporated each day in the intense sun and heat. Things weren’t always this way, however.
It may seem hard to believe, but the region used to be a well-watered area—as lush and attractive as the Garden of Eden. But God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah changed the area’s fertility to a desolate expanse and we still see the impact of their sin today (Genesis 13:10). I find it particularly eerie to see the salt columns surrounding the shore that remind us of God’s punishment of Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:6). It’s very hard to envision the Dead Sea coming back to life but that is exactly the prophecy Ezekiel gives us today.