Tears and the reprover

Rebellion, a highly dangerous place

David Garman

There were two pieces of inspiration which came to mind today. A strong impression of tears and that of the reprover. Neither one came to the fore, so this short post will treat them as related.

Tears are a necessary component of the human experience, they are present in times of joy and of sorrow. A sense of relief often follows the presence of tears. They are a complex fluid essential to the good health of the eye. If we do not reside on a deserted island, we are almost daily confronted by images of men, women and children overwhelmed by the anguish they find themselves in. Regardless of differences, and there are very real differences, we share the common reaction of shedding of tears.

Y’shua wept. Joseph wept aloud in Egypt. Peter wept bitterly. For most of us tears come at the extremes of the emotional scale. As the Called Out, we have experienced the boundless joy of a healing in Y’shua’s name, and the pain of abandonment, ridicule, threats to life and limb, and tears as a reprover.

As a reprover we have acted to set right, to chasten, to convince according to the truths which radiate from within us. We can not be silenced regardless of the cost to us in friends, family, financially (and in page view statistics). Quite frankly, as we well know, it is a thankless occupation, fraught with sorrow. We are a little like Ezekiel, who’s forehead Yahweh made an adamant harder than flint. Hard headed, fearless? Absolutely. Yet we are rejected because they knew us before, and choose instead to push us through the meat grinder.

They are in rebellion, which is a highly dangerous place to be. No doubt this adds to our sense of urgency in the warnings we deliver out of love. And we also know that it is not perceived as love, it does not look like love, because it is correction. It is not judgment either, as so many claim.

You and I are veterans, battle scarred by the backlash of their words, briers, and thorns, because we dwell among scorpions. They do not understand that the blessing of the reprover in their midst will end. As it says, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still, he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

The pain we have endured and the tears we’ve shed will also come to an end. Here too, “And Elohim shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Shabbat shalom.

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