segunda-feira, 1 de julho de 2013
'Damn the Man Trust the Man?' Is it?
Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD! Jeremiah 17.5
Introduction: Many people read only the part "a" of the biblical text, and distorts what the prophet Jeremiah says, giving his own interpretation;'ve heard several people use this first part of the verse to base treachery, falsehood with someone to them. Fill my mouth to say "We should not trust people." Misinterpretation. Just keep reading the same sense directs us to people who rely on the man to the point of putting their hope and faith in him, and the point of rejecting God, placing man in His place. It's that kind of confidence that the Bible refers in this context.
After "I'll help you make" and "the voice of the people is the voice of God", one of the phrases spoken in the Christian (unfortunately) is ... "Cursed is the man who trusts another man." Unlike the first two, which are but a popular saying, the phrase "damn the man who trusts another man" is biblical and is found in Jeremiah 17:5 a.
If the phrase is biblical then what is the problem that surrounds this famous phrase?
Surely the problem is not the phrase itself, because it is not about jargon and even a popular saying, is a Bible verse from the word of God, alive and real. What happens is that this verse should be contextualized in its context, seen as a whole and not in parts, "Text Without Context is Pretext To Lies" (Linartt Vieira)
This misinterpretation is dangerous because decontextualizes and changes the real sense of the word.
It is understandable that humans have a natural tendency to put their hopes in other human beings, that trust is normal (when we trust in the honesty of the people, in the discretion of a friend, the advice of a family, his wife ...) is totally healthy . But God reproves us when we shift our trust and faith in Him, by trusting in ourselves and in other men. It is the sin of pride, arrogance, self-sufficiency, the disbelief in God. "And makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the Lord"! The second part gives us the true interpretation.
In the same chapter of Jeremiah 17 is written "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD." That's the kind of attitude that the Lord wants of their children full TRUST in Him, knowing that God has the best for nodes. His will is perfect, nice and pleasant. If we turn our eyes to Jesus we realize that He loved people, especially his disciples. Mr. had a great relationship with them, traveled and ate with them, and taught them. But he did not put his trust in them, because he knew human nature. This does not mean that He did not trust in your relationship with them, but he simply would not open to them in the same way that he trusted and opened his heavenly Father. That's how we should be. People often form intimate relationships and depend too much from others, instead of seeking God. But we need not do so. Even though we have the best relationships, people disappoint us because people are not perfect. It is sure to love and respect others, but always remember that the one who will never fail us is God.