Trash and carcasses of unclean animals were continually burning in these valleys.
By Jesus' time, the Hinnom Valley (Ge-Hinnom in Hebrew) was know by its Greek translation, Gehenna, and it became the Hebrew picture of hell. Gehenna is mentioned in The Torah as well as The Qran.
As ancient Israelites emptied their garbage and sewer into the Hinnom Valley each day, they were given a vivid image of hell and an important reminder of the price for disobeying God's commands. It became a figurative name for the site at the greatest possible distance from heaven.
Without getting into a theological discussion on hell...I simply want to point out- that they had a literal picture of what it was like to be separated from God.
OK, so here is the part where I weave the SACC golf course to the Hinnom Valley in Jerusalem.
They had a "picture",that invigorated all their senses, as to what separation from what God might be like.
Today my senses were shocked, into remembering this place...and therefore my heart was reminded, that messing with disobedience is serious and dangerous stuff.
When God tells me to stay away from someone or something- He means business. If He has to aerate my heart, He will.
God, Thank You for protecting me from people and situations that You do not want me involved with.
In His Dust,