Yahshua wept!? Is that Kosher?

There’s something that’s been bothering me lately. Well, OK, a lot of things bother me, but that’s what I get for being an Idealist. I’m a regular church goer, and there’s this rumor that flits around churchy-type-circles that you have to be happy all of the time. It is generally held that the more emotionally steady (clears throat, stagnant) you are, then the more spiritual you must be. Now, in all fairness, I CAN see the bunny trail that leads many people to this conclusion:

 1 Peter 3: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  (Paul)

But does this mean we have to plaster on our perfect smile every moment of every day (or at least when other people are looking) or could it be that maybe, just maybe, we are taking this a tad too far? Let’s take a closer look.

 Psalms 6:6  (King David) I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

 Genesis 45:2 And he (Joseph) wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. 

 2 Samuel 19:1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king (David) weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.

 Mark 14: 72 And the second time the cock crow. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

 John 11:35 Jesus wept.

 Acts 20: 37 Any they all wept sore, and they fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,

You get the picture.

So…. If being a truly spiritual person means you have to be stoic, then was King David lacking in faith, Paul… Or how about Jesus? If Jesus really, truly, had (um) Jesus in his heart, would he have wept? Hmmmm…..

Or what if, maybe, we are seeing this through Greco Roman lenses. (Yes, you heard me right). Now, take a look at your hand. If you are white, then you most likely have a Roman mind set. (Remember, at one point Rome had taken over most of the known world!) I’m a mix of Scottish/Cherokee/Jew. (Probably, many of you are a mix of different races too.)

 1 Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

The Jews were looking for a sign, because they are a passionate people who long to experience life. The Greeks want to reason everything through, because they value reason. Now, I’m not trying to bash either point of view, but I do wish people would understand that we do not all see life through the same glasses.

In conclusion… could all this stoicism actually be a remnant of the Greek mindset? After all, even Yahshua (Jesus) wept. Why can’t we? I do. Because I’m a really bad actor. When I’m happy I’m happy, and when I’m sad I’m sad. This does not make me less (or more) spiritual than the next person. It just makes me different.

All verses are out of the King James Version of the bible. Parentheses are mine. Reference: Our Father Abraham, the Jewish roots of the Christian faith by Marvin R. Wilson

 

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21 thoughts on “Yahshua wept!? Is that Kosher?

    1. It would be hard to see through another person’s real life glasses, since we do all ‘see’ differently. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a good day.

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  1. I was thinking about this the other day … culture tends to tell us how much emotion is acceptable. Even the ancient Greeks thought it was acceptable for men to cry in public but Americans today think otherwise. Perhaps they’re both right and they’re both wrong, depending on the culture one belongs to, the mistake we make is to use the Bible to tell people which culture is the more godly of the two because all culture is godly. There is no right and wrong in that regard just difference. I think we have emotions built into all of us to help us understand our spititual selfs current condition. When one feels physical pain, they take medicine, search out the cause, and treat any related condition. When one feels emotional distress, they ought to do something about it. It seems to me ignoring it while wearing a fake happy face will exacerbate the problem.

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    1. Emotions are a part of our make up. Yes, ‘faking’ it solves nothing at all. I’m not sure that ‘all’ culture is godly, unless I am misunderstanding what you mean by ‘godly’. Culture is often the opposite of true Godliness. (i.e. the South American child sacrifices to their gods). But that is another story entirely…

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      1. The point is that differences in and of themselves honor God. Music, language, art, crafts, as well as our perceptions about how to be people. When I was in South America, I met countless kind and generous people (they were Catholic.) Our culture might limit public display of emotions, but there are times when it is appropriate.

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  2. Humans make the rules governing human behavior on stoicism. I have yet to see a law handed down by a deity that says “you must always be joyful if you believe in me.” I think leaping to deep faith is evidenced by a happy face started with those who set themselves up as keepers of the acceptable behavior in church. (the same who said the women should have covered heads). Sometimes the sadness has nothing to do with faith but is a temporal problem.

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    1. Very nicely said, John. And Paul said women, in his particular neck of the woods anyway, should cover their heads, but he also said that this was not a hard, fast rule, but had something to do with other people not being able to ‘handle’ it. He also said it was fine for her to use her hair as her ‘covering’. And Paul had no qualms about crying when he was sad!

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      1. This would bother me. My first response is…. “How is this different than what the Muslims do, and how will that affect the way men treat us?”

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      2. On a more personal note. I cut off all my hair a few years ago. It was fun for a bit, then I hated it. It just wasn’t me. I doubt I will ever cut it again. Trim yes, but cut, no.

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      3. My conscience tells me that I would be miserable where the tradition was enforced, but then to deny it I would be going against His word. Then again, it is not specifically written to me. Personally, I like to let people choose for themselves what they believe and how they express themselves.

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      4. Yeah. What bothers me is that it might be assumed that I am muslin and not Christian. Sometimes I go out with a scarf on, but that’s because my hair is misbehaving!

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      5. I don’t have a problem with the practical uses of fashion scarves, it should not be construed as support for the practice any more than not wearing one should be construed as a rejection of Scripture. I just believe that it is possible to obey the spirit of the word without following it literally.

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      6. I think also, it depends on the current culture. I like wearing skirts, but not when it’s 10 below. I also like to wear pants and stay warm. But that is a far cry from going out in a micro-mini skirt.

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      7. I just don’t like the idea of creating a rule that treats people differently on the basis of their gender. Guys that like hats and girls that like to style their hair shouldn’t be told what to do. Some of the stories feature ladies who were mistaken for being Muslims because they were wearing real hijabs. That is like complaining people mistake you for a Patriots fan because you’re wearing a Patriots jersey.

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  3. Whoever said you have to be happy all the time, even after having accepted Jesus as your personal savior is just plain silly.

    David was a man after God’s own heart. You quoted one of my most favorite verses ever: Psalms 6:6 (King David) “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.” Does this sound like someone who has a smile plastered over his face 24/7? But then let’s not forget the reason why God didn’t allow David to build him a temple. David took another man’s wife and murdered him along the way. He did pay a penalty of losing his family. Yet, David rejoiced, dancing naked when he worshiped God, which pleased God!

    Then there was Stephen who cried out to God for him to take his soul while the people stoned him. Yet, he was someone filled with the spirit who loved God.

    Then there was Paul, who was once Saul–a prosecutor of Christians. He became an apostle and his writings formed the majority of the New Testament. Reading through Romans 7 you’d think he’d gone nuts! He hated himself because of sin living within his wretched body. Again, does that sound like a happy-go-lucky Christian?

    I can go on and on, but the point is, we were called into a life of service, not into a life of relaxation. David, Stephen and Paul were just a few who stood living their lives according to Yahshua’s will. Yes–even OT David (that’s another story in itself).

    So my answer? Yeah, Yahshua (Jesus) wept, but that’s because he was experiencing the fullness of being human. However, he was the only one who was perfect. It doesn’t mean, though, he had a smile on his face every single moment of his life!

    BTW, great post! 🙂

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