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The Doctrine of Weeping
Our corrected translation of PHI 3:18 "For many [a reference to reversionists under the influence of evil] keep walking, concerning whom I have continually warned you many times, and now tell you even weeping,"
As Paul wrote this passage he thought of all of those wonderful people he had known in the past. Yett as he writes this, these very same people have not only turned against Paul, but they have turned against aginst the Cross. They have ignored that which was accomplished on the Cross.
Weeping is a part of PHI 3:18, and there are legitimate and illegitimate form under the Doctrine of Weeping.
Weeping can be an expression of grief, sorrow, frustration, lamentation, emotional stimulation, happiness, pain, or any overpowering emotion. Therefore, weeping can express weakness or strength.
Legitimate weeping then is related to genuine expressions of emotion which are not related to the sins of arrogance or the emotional complex of sins.
Illegitimate weeping is related to both the emotional and arrogance complex of sins, and is related to the law of volitional responsibility.
Once a person begins to reap what they sow in the negative realm, there's a tendency to become emotional and filled with regrets, and enter into illegitimate weeping.
This was the case in NUM 14:1-4. Here is an entire assembly that saw the omnipotence of God and the grace of God perform ten miracles, and they also saw the deliverance of God ten times in the desert. They had no doctrine in the soul and therefore no spiritual strength and they could never appreciate the miracles or the work of God. The power is in the doctrine in your soul, not what you see.
In Num 14 this congreation thought the Lord had brought them out of the land of Egypt to be killed by the sword. They preferred to return to the slavery of Egypt, which represented security, rather than the freedom of following the truth that would set them free.
In Egypt, these Jews saw ten of the most extraordinary miracles in the 10 plagues that God performed through Moses in the release of the Jews from slavery.
-They saw the Nile river turn to blood, EXO 7:20; (which symbolized death).
-They saw the land of Egypt covered with frogs, EXO 8:6. Under the principle of typology frogs symbolized pride and arrogance
-They saw all the dust and sand in Egypt turn into gnats on man and beast, EXO 8:17. This symbolized the uncleanness and filth of the lust of the flesh.
-Then they saw swarms of insects upon the entire land of Egypt, EXO 8:24.This symbolized Beelzebub, lord of the flies).
-They saw all the livestock of Egypt die while all the livestock of Israel lived, EXO 9:6. (This symbolized rejection of the natural man).\
-They saw the plague of boils which hit both man and beast in Exo 9:10. (This symbolized the mental wounds of man).\
-They saw thunder and hail and fire raining down from heaven upon the Egyptians, EXO 9:23. (This symbolized the wrath of God upon disobedience).\
-They saw the plague of the locust all over the land of Egypt, Exo 10:13. (This symbolized the spiritual barrenness of the cosmic system).\
Actually what took place was 10 miracles in Egypt. 10 miracles in the desert. 10 rebellions from the congregation of Israel. The number 10 in the Bible is used for the principle of completion and signifies the perfection of divine order. For example, the 10 commandments, the Tithe, the 10 plagues, the parable of the 10 virgins, the 10 I am's of Christ.
The number 30 represents in a higher degree the perfection of the divine order, as marking the right moment. Christ was 30 years of age in the beginning of His ministry. Joseph, His type, was the same age, GEN 41:46. David also, when he began to reign, 2SA 5:4.
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So these Jews in Num had been in slavery and bondage and they forgot all about it. Many people don't even know that they are in slavery and in bondage because they don't even know what true freedom is all about.
They forgot all the brutality of slavery, forgot all of the injustices, all of the terrible things that happened to them. They wanted to go back to affliction and hard labor, Exo 1:11-14. Go back to being bitter in slavery under the abuse of the Egyptians in EXO 1:14. They forgot about the decree in Egypt to kill all the new born Jewish males in EXO 1:16. They forgot the fact that they were beaten physically by the Egyptians in EXO 2:11. They forgot that they cried out for help to the Lord because of their extreme bondage in EXO 2:23.
The solution of the people ignored divine viewpoint and demonstrated ignorance of God's problem solving devices. To them problem solving was assassination of Moses, Aaron, Caleb, and Joshua, and then electing a new leader, turning to Egypt and to slavery.
This same irrationality and emotional revolt of the soul motivated the Jews to invade the land contrary to God's command which lead to military disaster and more weeping DEU 1:42-45. This is illegitimate weeping and therefore the Lord would not listen to them. This generation was too far gone. Mental illness was so predominant, they were emotional wrecks.
In HEB 12:16 there is another illustration of illegitimate weeping as found in Esau. Esau constantly rejected the Gospel and then when he wanted to believe, he could not. Esau cried because of the hardness of the heat and the scar tissue of the soul Heb 12:15-17. In that passage we see when people say "No" to the Gospel long enough, they build scar tissue in the soul while withdrawing from the truth of the Gospel and develop hardness of heart.
Esau's weeping expresses the frustration of making bad decisions inside the cosmic system and then ultimately reaping what you sow.\
He said "No," so often that he could not bring himself to believe in Christ.
All he could do was cry. Feeling sorry for what we have done will not save you.
Illegitimate weeping can be caused by the soul not being able to cope with historical disaster, Joel 1:5-6. Here weeping is a negative expression of the soul to utilize resident Bible doctrine. Illegitimate or bad weeping occurs in national disaster. JOE 1:5 "Awake, drunkards, and weep; And wail, all you wine drinkers, On account of the sweet wine That is cut off from your mouth. For a nation has invaded my land, Mighty and without number; Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, And it has the fangs of a lioness."
This was weeping caused by national disaster manifested with alcoholism.
This is the weeping of drunks in national disaster. There is no good wine during the fifth cycle of discipline. Drunks cannot handle national disaster.
There is the weeping of bitterness in 1SA 1:10 "And she [Hannah], was bitter of soul, prayed to the Lord and kept on weeping bitterly."
Hannah was barren and was bitter about it. Her bitterness caused withdrawal and scar tissue of the soul. This was weeping from arrogance.
Weeping can express sinfulness of the soul under emotional revolt.\
Hannah was bitter because of the unjust attacks against her. When you weep, it is either because of bitterness in the soul or nobility in the soul from positive volition to doctrine. The same thing happened to Peter, he wept because of bitterness, Luk 22:62. He had just denied the Lord three times and he was bitter.
Illegitimate weeping can be the weeping of lust found in NUM 11:1-20.
This weeping was from the rejection of the Lord and His plan for their life.
Another reason for illegitimate or bad weeping is the weeping of disorientation or sour grapes, EZR 3:12-13. The old men wept at the rebuilding of the Temple because it wasn't as big as the original temple.
There is also weeping from emotional takeover of the soul, REV 5:4 "And I began to weep greatly, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it;" This was a momentary failure by John.
legitimate weeping can be an expression of sorrow. David was deeply moved when he heard the death of his son Absalom. 2Sa 18:31-33, 2SA 19:1-2. It is alright to weep over the lost of loved ones but never to be grieved. 1TH 4:13 "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope."
When a loved one dies, weeping shows great capacity for love. Those who are noble weep, for example, our Lord. When you weep at the death of a loved one and have no regrets, then that is a sign of nobility in the soul.
Capacity for love also weeps from knowing that the person who has died is face to face with the Lord.
Legitimate weeping can also occur as an expression of sadness regarding those who are negative toward Bible doctrine, Phi 3:18-19. When we have had a friend or friends who were once positive toward doctrine but slowly and surely they are drifting away, this could cause weeping as an expression of sadness.
There is also the legitimate weeping of appreciation for being restored back into fellowship with God, PSA 30:5.
Legitimate weeping and tears is also a memorial to God, PSA 56:8.\
All the tears related to our fellowship with the Lord, all of the tears that represent the good part of weeping, all of the things related to those tears, God puts them, as it were, into a bottle as a memory. In that memory, He provides comfort in time, and a far greater comfort in the eternal state.
There is also the legitimate weeping of the humanity of Christ which is unique. Our Lord wept at the tomb of Lazarus, JOH 11:35.\
This was weeping of bereavement, indicating our Lord's great capacity for love.
Our Lord also wept out of patriotism in LUK 19:41-45, because of the coming destruction of Jerusalem.
Our Lord also wept at the cross, Psa 22, and HEB 5:7 "In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety."
This expressed the manliness and maturity of Christ. He could cry and scream under the horribleness of spiritual death and still orient to the grace of God and pray.
There is the cessation of weeping, ISA 30:18-20 and REV 21:4 "and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."
The resurrection body will have the capacity to emote without overflowing with tears. All weeping ends for the believer at the point of death.
He is forever face to face with the Lord where there is no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more death.