sexta-feira, 19 de julho de 2013

Rant is the drain where it flows through the tears

Baruch was a contemporary of the Prophet Jeremiah. Was your scribe, spokesman and friend. It was he who wrote the first and the second edition of the book that records everything that God said to Jeremiah concerning Israel and other Nations, at the time before the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon, 600 years before Christ. Jeremiah dictated and Baruch wrote. Was Baruch who also read the book aloud, twice, first for the people gathered in the temple, and then to a select group of leaders in place more reserved. After Prime's opportunity to write and make known the contents of the book, Baruch had a very strong depressive crisis and fumed: "Woe to me! The Lord added grief to my suffering. I'm exhausted so much moaning, and can not find rest "(Jr 45.3).

It is not difficult to understand the emotional issue of Baruch. He had very shocking experiences in his Ministry next to Jeremiah. Both expected, as a result of reading the book, which the King and the people converted their misconduct and then receive the forgiveness of the Lord. It happened the other way around: when the book was read for the third time, now in the presence of King Jeoaquim, in his Winter Palace, "every time Thursday finished reading three or four columns, the King cut with a knife one piece roller and played on fire ... until the whole roller turned the ashes" (Jr 36.23-24, NLT).

Moreover, Baruch cried because it was life-threatening, because it was inside of the iniquities committed by people, because they had knowledge of the judgment of God about to shoot down on the people and because he was within reach of the misfortunes which would succeed, despite not participating in the widespread corruption.

Baruch was not the only one complaining of exhaustion. Some of his contemporaries were the same: "we are exhausted and we have no way of rest" (Lm 5.5). Emotional exhaustion hurts more than the physical exhaustion, and spiritual exhaustion hurts even more. Baruch acted as the other acted: poured out his soul before the Lord. The sincere outburst is the drain where it flows through the tears.

The consolation of God is strange, but it works. The cure that it operates is not superficial. God not only offers the handkerchief to wipe away the tears, the sufferer but also teaches the person to deal with life's problems. Baruch wanted to be an exception. How many believers today, under the claim that they are "children of the King," the scribe wanted to go to a VIP room, wanted a sort of safe conduct, hiding inside a dome where it could protect the famous triad (war, famine and plague) that was plaguing the nation and find food and water and for a long time. However, God asked him: "did you are wanting to be treated differently?" (Jr 45.5, NLT).

The magic of God is not always remove the thorn in the flesh when we want, but become more abundant and more enough of his bounty (2 Co 10-12.7). At that historic moment, it was necessary to "boot, smash, ruin and destroy" the sinful nation (Jr 1.10). Later, however, after the humiliation and the cervix break hard, God would be willing to revert the picture, rebuild what had knocked down and replant the that had been yanked (31.4, 28, Jr 40). Baruch would not have a dome to protect themselves, but God would escape with his life wherever he was, amid the threats and the misfortunes of war, famine and plague (Jr 45.5).

When that which is perfect ...

... do not remain in the "Valley of tears";
... the Lamb will return;
... There will be no more injustice, sin, death, suffering, bad memories, unknowns, environmental pollution, unemployment.

It is true that what we know about the future are just signs of what will come. But they are reliable signs, because "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind imagined what God has prepared for those who love him"