"Now the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell there, and they that remained fled to the mountain."
Thank YHVH I was reading this translation (and it is the same on my Strong's Concordance iPhone app) where it actually used the word SLIME in this verse! I just HAPPENED (heh, I don't believe in coincidences) to have a Slime Science Kit I had stowed away that had not been used. So cool! And you don't even need the kit to do this little activity with your own family!
Here's how to make your own slime:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup warm water
food coloring (I thought green was extremely effective visually)
1. Mix the above ingredients together.
2. Retell the fourth aliyah portion for the week (Genesis/Bereshit 14:1-14:20).
*We used our hands to represent the two opposing sides. Four kings on the one hand battling the five on the other. Then, we read Genesis/Bereshit 14:10 aloud, sticking two fingers (representing the two kings of Sodom and Gomorrah) in the slime.
After the retelling and going further with explaining the Hebrew word for "slime pits," "be'er" (Strong's H875-bet/aleph/resh), we started to delve into the science of slime. (BONUS!!! Bible and science combined. I'm a happy homeschool mommy right now.) We discussed how the behavior of slime is so weird that scientists have a special name for it called a "Non-Newtonian Fluid." We discussed how this fluid gets more viscous (or solid) when it is stirring then more liquid when handled softly. We talked about the properties of quicksand too and how it is also known as a "colloid." This means that the material is made up of tiny particles that remain suspended in another substance (in this case cornstarch particles in the water) instead of settling to the bottom.
And as we have learned before in our viscous experiments (check out our planetary study on the planet Tzeddek in the Biblical Astronomy section of this blog) we spiritually want to remain less viscous (or fluid/easy moved) so that the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit can work through us. Amen?!
I would highly encourage you to find ways to bring the Scriptures to life. My fingers are STILL green from me sticking my fingers in the slime and experiencing this part of YHVH's Word. It was squishy, sticky...I could just imagine those kings STUCK and every time I reread this part of the Torah I will remember this activity with my family. I pray you are blessed this week, and your fountains are overflowing with The Living Water!
Slime on, everybody...