Wednesday, May 1, 2013

God Wipes Our Tears

"The LORD All-Powerful will destroy the power of death and wipe away all tears" Isaiah 25:8 (The Learning Bible, Contemporary English Version)

Something I learned just recently, within the Bible when the word lord is in all caps (LORD) it refers to God, and when the first letter of the word is capitalized (Lord) it is referencing Jesus. Something else that I need to get off my chest, it is more of a pet peeve; when people spell God without a capital letter. This is just disrespectful to me, they may not know, but it just makes sense to me. Then again, maybe they do not or have not read the Bible to know. This is why spreading our knowledge of God's will and messages is so important!
Isaiah 25:8 when you dissect the verse you can get a better understanding. Basically, the beginning states that God will destroy the power of death. To better understand this, we should understand where death's origin was and what it means within the Bible. Death was a result of the miscommunication and deceit in the Garden of Eden between Adam and Eve. When I read about Adam and Eve within the Bible, my understanding and interpretation was different from what had been lectured to me growing up within the confines of our societies version of 'church'.
In the Garden of Eden, God had blessed his creation Man and Woman with the luxury of each other along with a completely different paradigm that we are use to. What we know as dangerous animals were able to live together in peace.  However, man (Adam) wanted the knowledge of God, which in the Bible is representative of the golden fruit. God told Adam that if he ate from the fruit he would have unlimited knowledge, but God told him not to do this or they would fall out of favor with the LORD. God told Adam to make sure Eve was aware of this, because she was not with them while they discussed these matters. Not following through with what God instructed Adam to do, Eve unaware of God's decree, Eve came across the golden fruited tree.
The serpent within the Bible has been representative of Satan, the fallen Angle of the LORD. Cunning as Satan was, he manipulated Eve into taking a bite of the fruit of knowledge (think of the fairy tale Snow White). Adam wanting the knowledge of God did not object (in other words, he didn't need his arm twisted). The transformation was evident (this was also the first sin), Adam and Eve felt embarrassed that they were in their birthday suites (why pictures have them covered by leaves or such). Adam was cursed with having to work for his life. Eve, since she was the first to take a bite He cursed her with painful childbirth and bleeding (menstrual cycle). God also explained and initiated Death. I think that God shakes his head in disbelief that after all this time, men and women still are cursed with deceit and lies (miscommunication).
Death in the Bible is not depicted as 'going to heaven' or 'hell', but an eternal rest (which God only truly
knows, if He wanted us to have this knowledge, then we would know - until then, the Bible's interpretation). My question has always been, that since our brains are complex and mysterious, if after we die that we then are in a different conscious realm until the time God returns. Which, I then theorize that Heaven is a mental state. When God returns to His creation, Earth; He will then resurrect His followers to live eternity on earth without pain and suffering. I don't know about you, but this gives me a real sense of hope for the future.
Earth is a gift from God
This gives me such hope, something to look forward to; living without pain and suffering. As someone that does currently live with daily chronic pain, this is a breath of fresh air. When I cry because the pain is too intense, I think of God wiping my tears away forevermore. I can't remember what movie, but I remember someone referencing how God collects women's tears in jars and counted in heaven.
Rebuke defined is an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism. So, what this verse also communicates is how those individuals that are not believers and criticize or judge other's for His governing laws will be taken away from the earth. They will no longer spread the negativity like the plague upon the earth. God is saying that he will wipe away not only our tears, but those that cause the tears.

"He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it." Isaiah 25:8 (King James Version)

My cousin Michelle taught me a wonderful insight into the will of God, recite to yourself: smile, God loves you! Smiling is an infectious positive influence that does not cost anything and can benefit others. We may have times where we are sad and cry, when we produce tears of joy, and tears from pain. Knowing God's will helps me to endure this pain and smile through it. It gives me the courage to face this life, knowing His will be done, and look forward to His time here on earth.
Until next time or the next... dream ~ K.E.Nowinsky