Matt. 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33
(Huck 62, 123, 184; Aland 103, 160, 235; Crook 118, 178, 262, 287)
מִי שֶׁיְּבַקֵּשׁ לְמַלֵּט אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ יְאַבֵּד אוֹתָהּ וּמִי שֶׁיְּאַבֵּד אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ יְחַיֶּה אוֹתָהּ
“Whoever wants to preserve his life when the calamity strikes will have to destroy his attachment to possessions, but whoever does forsake his possessions will live to see another day.
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In Preserving and Destroying Jesus continued his use of the story of Lot’s flight from Sodom to illustrate how his contemporaries should behave when war with the Roman Empire erupts. According to Jewish tradition, Lot’s hesitation over his belongings nearly proved fatal to himself, his wife and his daughters. From Lot’s example Jesus warned the members of his generation to forsake their possessions and run if they wanted to survive the onslaught of the Roman legions.
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