Irony is when the outcome of a situation is the opposite of what was originally expected. Life is full of surprises, most of which are ironic in nature. Most humorous stories have an ironic, surprise ending.
Here are some examples of biblical irony. The fact that a shepherd boy was chosen to be king of Israel shocked everyone, including Samuel, but even more remarkable was the fact that the shepherd boy killed a giant with a slingshot. Not only did he kill Goliath but he also put the whole Philistine army into retreat. It was beyond the wildest dreams of the Israelite soldiers. Another example was the case of Pharaoh. One day he was king of Egypt with 600,000 males slaves at his command, which he had inherited from his ancestors from the previous 400 years. Then in about a months time the slaves were packing up and leaving with their families, their livestock and even their neighborís jewelry. Who could have imagined it?
And then there was Haman who hated the Jews so much that he wanted to destroy them all. Little did he know that the kingís wife was a Jew and the gallows he had built in his backyard for Mordecai would actually be used to hang him instead. Donít forget about the unusual fate of Danielís accusers who were thrown to the lions after Daniel was miraculously spared. Danielís three friends had a similar experience with the fiery furnace when the flames killed their handlers and they were completely unaffected. Another strange turn of events was when Abraham and Sarah had Isaac when they were far past the normal age for child bearing. One more dramatic surprise was the life-changing power given to the apostles as recorded in the book of Acts. These ignorant and unlearned men hadnít been to the seminary, they werenít even licensed to preach but they turned the world upside down with their behavior. And obviously Yahvah chose to reveal Himself to babes instead of the wise and prudent.
Then as we move on through history itís rather ironic that the Pilgrims, who came to America to avoid religious persecution, set up a law to enforce Sunday worship in the 1700ís. But that fact is even more confounding when you consider that there is no biblical justification for choosing that day for worship. Sincere people thought they were doing Yahvah a wonderful service by forcing people to shut down their businesses on that day. But the first day of the week was neither the day blessed at creation, nor the day reconfirmed at Mt. Sinai. It was not the day reiterated by the prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, nor the day held in honor by Ezra and Nehemiah. It was not the day of worship for Yahshua or the Apostle Paul who were faithful to the law and the prophets. But it seems that our Heavenly Father has chosen the foolish things to confound the wise.
But one of the newsworthy issues of today is the fact that people have spent vast amounts of money and hired untold numbers of lawyers who have spent days, weeks, and months in lawsuits defending the rights to put up Christmas nativity scenes at school yards and city halls around the country. Itís not going to be an easy struggle when you consider that Yahshua was not born in the winter anyway. I am convinced they are fighting the wrong battle, and they are actually defending a pagan custom, which Yahvah has no use for.
But glaring inconsistencies are common to man. Saul of Taursus was sincere, devout, energetic, and zealous but he was persecuting his Savior and didnít know it. Then he got the shock of his life didnít he? As a result of all his experiences he was a very humble servant who recognized how gracious and merciful his Savior was.
However the greatest surprise ending is still yet to come, because that will be when the Lamb of Yahvah returns as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to judge the world. Even those of us who are expecting Him will get the shock of our lives. It will be the great and awesome day of Yahvah. But the question is-- who will stand in that day? And the answer is found in Psalm 15 Ė He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness and speaketh the truth in his heart..... He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
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