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Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)
TITLE: The Arrow-head of Grief
By Shanta Richard
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My search started with the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Adam and Eve the first human parents had two sons. One day in a fit of anger Cain, the older boy, murdered his brother in the field. In punishment for his sin God cursed him to be a fugitive and vagabond in the earth. Thus in one day Adam and Eve lost both their sons. I can imagine them holding hands and gazing in anguish at the earth that had opened up to receive their son’s life blood. God was their only comfort for they had no family or friends (Genesis 4:10-16).
Continuing I read about that righteous man Job who lost his ten children when their house collapsed and killed them all. In his grief Job said, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”(Job 1:21). I read about King David who fasted and prayed and pleaded for three days before God to spare his son. On the third day the child died and David said, “My child has gone. Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him but he shall not come to me.”(2 Samuel 12:23).
My search ended at the cross. Even the Father God, the almighty, had to turn away His face unable to bear the grief of watching His son suffer on the cross. Words cannot portray the sorrow of the blessed Mary as she opened her arms to receive the broken, bleeding, lifeless body of her firstborn as they lowered Him from the cross.
King Solomon said it all when he wrote “Is there anything whereof it maybe said, ‘See this is new?’. It hath been already of old time which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:10). But why is it that only some are called to bear the pain of the sharp arrow-head of grief piercing their heart? Is it because that those who share in the agony of the cross are the ones who also share in the glory of the joy of resurrection? Are these the chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, a peculiar people? Are these the ones that proclaim the praises of Him who has called them out of the darkness of their anguish into the joy of His marvelous light? (2Peter 2:9). I believe this is the answer to my question. “He that goeth forth and weepeth , bearing precious seed , shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalms 126:9).
(All Bible references are taken from the King James Version of the Bible)
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