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Lot’s dilemma

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Before he died, Abraham gave his cousin Lot three small plants. He asked Lot to plant them somewhere in Jerusalem. Lot did so. The plants became green; they did not die but neither did they grow.

After Lot left Sodom, he became a sinner. God’s Angel appeared to him and said: “Lot, you will only receive God’s forgiveness if you sprinkle Abraham’s plants with water from the Jordan.” Lot obeyed and went to the Jordan to fill his water bag. However, half-way on the road back to Jerusalem he met a pilgrim who asked him for the water. Lot gave him the waterbag and the pilgrim drank it empty. So Lot went back to the Jordan to fill the bag again. On his way back he met another pilgrim who also asked him for water. Again the bag ran empty. It happened a third time and Lot became desperate.

Then the Angel appeared. Lot asked: “What do you want me to do? If I refuse those thirsty travellers I do a wrong, but when I let them drink, I cannot water the plants which will save my life. I am fainting, please let me die.”

The Angel told him: “Don’t worry. Each time you gave those thirsty travellers your water, I personally took care to put some water on the plants and now they grow.”

After hearing this, Lot died in peace.

Arab Educational Institute, Moral Stories from Palestine. Culture and Palestine Series, Bethlehem 1999. For more information:

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