Uncensored

Sesuai janji di post terakhir di Instagram, gw akan bahas salah satu perikop. Salah satu kisah ‘ga nyaman’ yang jarang bisa dijawab orang Kristen adalah mengenai perikop 2 Raja-Raja 2:23-24 mengenai nabi Elisa.

Sekilas ceritanya ga masuk akal dan menimbulkan banyak pertanyaan buat gw; why did God allowed such thing? Is it fair (Just) to bereaved children? Did He lose His “love” in this pericope?

#Uncensored ga secara langsung menyajikan konteks (historis, bahasa asli, sosial) perikop ini, hanya implikasinya. Let’s take a look and reflect back to my questions about His “love”.

1. Kata “anak-anak” ini origin-nya ילדים (yeladim) yang artinya “young men that have grown to maturity”. Kata yeladim ini juga dipake di beberapa tempat lain, misalnya di Kitab Daniel saat umur Daniel setidaknya 18 tahun (further readings: Xenophon, Persian King, in Cyropaedia), atau di Kejadian 44:20, yeladim digunakan untuk menjelaskan Benyamin yang saat itu kira2 berumur 30 tahun. Translasi oleh NIV pun menggunakan “youths”. Saya jadi terpikir, dari saya bayi sampai segede ini pun, orang tua saya masih memanggil kami, “anak-anak” nya. Mungkin kira-kira begitu bayangannya.

2. Di konteks ini ada 42 orang, keluar dari kota saat Elisa sedang mendaki. Kalo dibayangin sejumlah 42, berkumpul, keluar dari kota cuma buat mengutuk orang, apalagi dengan konteks “botak” dan “naik”, ini jelas tujuannya menghina nabi Tuhan, bukan iseng ngatain sembarangan orang yg lagi lewat.

3. Cemooh “botak” ini berhubungan sama konteks sosial di zaman tersebut. Mengutip buku ini: They weren’t just making fun of a bald man; they were attacking his calling as a prophet of God. They were provoking him to “go up” like his predecessor, Elijah, who “went up” in a whirlwind amd chariots of fire. (Mengenai Elia ini bisa dibaca di 2 Raja-Raja 2:11)

Yang menarik, sebelum kejadian ini, di Imamat 26:21-22, kira-kira Tuhan bilang sama orang Israel “If you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me… I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children”.

Dari bagian ini gw belajar bahwa menggali Alkitab itu susah-susah gampang. Sekilas kayaknya Tuhan keji, tapi itu kacamata kita kalo kita ga tau kalo sebelumnya (di Imamat) Tuhan udah wanti-wanti. KITA yang maunya liat Tuhan hanya kasih, padahal Tuhan juga punya sifat adil. Perikop ini nunjukin God is being true to His words.

Yang paling gw suka bagian ini ditutup dengan penyaliban Yesus: penebusan.

Excerpt from #Uncensored:


As we read about those young men jeering at Elisha to “go up,” we can hear the faint echo of crowds jeering at Jesus on the cross, “Come down. If you are really the Son of God, come down.” As those boys experienced the bears’ clawing and ripping as God’s just judgment, so also did Jesus experience it all the more on our behalf. And there on the cross, where God’s infinite love and justice collided, He paid our debt in full and cried out, “It is finished.”

With Christ died on the cross, God fulfilled His promise to deliver His people and all the prophecies in the Old Testament. He also proves Himself to be Love and Just at the same time. When I received Christ, I tend to look at His Love without looking at the magnitude of my sins. I should be punished, yet He took the fall. My sins as a Christian didn’t go unpunished, Christ crushed for it.

“Christ didn’t die for you, He died as you.”

[#ProfoundReading from #Uncensored by Brian Cosby, page 43-45]

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