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Thursday, January 31st, '19

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EPIDERMIS

"My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones" (Lamentations 3:4)

 

Skin is one of God's greatest miracles. It houses everything we are, the protective siding that keeps blood from seeping out and infection from creeping in. The word appears only once in the New Testament (Mark 1:6), dermatinos in Greek, but that does not lessen its importance. The anatomical term epidermis means the "above skin", the outer layer, the "nonvascular, nonsensitive layer...covering the true skin or corium". It is tough enough to battle intense ultraviolet heat yet sensitive enough to send a wave of goose bumps through the whole body when gently caressed. Skin-care is vital like soul-care. For it too ages, wrinkles, loses elasticity and can be abused.

 

First, remember there is more to a book than its cover. Skin is part of the body but don't think people are only skin-deep. One might be freckled or rosaceous on the outside yet be Einstein on the inside. Second, skin is a gift of God to maintain inner health. When the skin is lacerated intrusive germs go on the attack. And this isn't physical only. There is an emotional epidermis that when perforated can allow all sorts of poison into the system if not quickly bandaged and made antiseptic.

 

This is where spiritual hardening begins. One Greek word for hard is pachy. Pachyderm is hard skin, elephant hide. Some are thin-skinned, they take everything as a personal affront. But others are tough-skinned, they shut others out and guard their emotions like a munitions camp. The classic line is, "he or she makes my skin crawl". If that person does not watch out pachydermia can become pachycardia, a hardened heart. In the natural we have layer upon dermal layer for our protection, but those layers are porous. Skin is not a cellophane pie tin wrapping. It has to give and receive. Skin has to exhale.

 

It is interesting that man/woman is the only creature that has bare skin. All others have pelts, hides, scales, feathers or some external blanket. By instinct we cover up and it is proper. If there is no clothing store close man will sew fig leaves together to cloak his dermis. Sin flicks, I mean skin flicks, cater to prurient eyes. One Hollywood fact is that skin sells. But skin is not the problem in Hollywood, lust is. Only in a setting of covenant and love can a man and a woman truly be "naked and not ashamed" (Genesis 2:25). Respect your epidermis. Rub on some sun shield if needed. And veil the obvious reserved zones. It houses your vitals and your soul. The "word was made flesh" (John 1:14). God, literally put on skin so that He could be touched like you and me and touch is essential. But remember, skin is there as a boundary. Those who want to know the real you more deeply will have to go through the channels of talking and wooing and courting and learning. To the dermatologist it may just be living tissue but for you it contains the nerve endings that put you in contact with the real world, this thing called life. Treasure the privilege of being able to feel. Just remember that without the enveloping presence of God all you are left with is the fašade, aging, wrinkling, chaffing, oily, blemished, liver-spotted skin.


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