Sunday, February 4th,
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I...punched a few of them and knocked them around and pulled out their hair..."
(Nehemiah 13:25 TLB)
These mini-messages sometimes serve as a
vocabulary builder. Here is one I haven't used yet, trichotillomania. The
spell-checker rejected it. It implies the abnormal compulsion to tear or pluck
out the hair on one's head or it may be used for pulling out others' hair,
which is of course, permissible in girl fights. I wouldn't expect Nehemiah to
fight that way but he did. Picture the noble governor and re-builder of the
temple with some guy in a headlock, smacking him in the nose while ripping out
his hair. Such a fine example. Interesting that sheep fights have fewer rules
than cat fights. Sure, Nehemiah was offended. Once he got through working them
over, his part balded church members swore quickly to not give their daughters
as wives to the Ashdodites any more. Hmm, I wasn't told about pulling hair in
Pastoral Etiquette 101.
But the picking and nitpicking continues yet
today. Saul throws his javelin at David. The high priest rips his garment from
the collar down screaming, "Blasphemy! Blasphemy!" O.J. slaps Nicole around.
The T-bird wasn't enough; some gal sues to get her ex's T-shirt too. Both
dugouts clear and a brawl breaks out at the pitcher's mound, both hats and hair
flying. A guy cuts the buffet line and a tussle ensues reminiscent of the shoot
out at the O.K. Corral right there at the Golden Corral! It's the same old
flesh. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these...wrath,
strife...envyings, murders..." (Galatians 5:19-21) The trichotillo-syndrome is more
widespread than you may think.
"I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks
to them that pluck off hair..." (Isaiah 50:6) The next time you get so mad you
could pull somebody's hair remember that they plucked Jesus' beard like the
feathers of a chicken. He became mankind's punching bag. Ooh, we don't want to revive
that scene, do we? So tame the anger. Do like Paul said, "...put off all these;
anger, wrath, malice..." (Colossians 3:8) "For the wrath of man works not the
righteousness of God" (James 1:20) I can't imagine what satisfaction there
would be in gripping a handful of hair anyway. It does grow back, you know.
Cursing, nursing and rehearsing some old irritation only causes it to fester.
Paul commanded, "Let not the sun go down on your wrath" (Ephesians 4:26). That means forgiveness by sundown. The creditor in the parable "took him by the
throat" (Matthew 18:28). By the throat, by the hair, by the jacket lapels, it
is all the same spirit. Let go the grip because God let go of all charges
against you...and me. Nehemiah...I love ya buddy...but that goes for you as well.