Midrash layman definition: Behind the scenes quizzical insights;
getting in on God’s sense of humor

Thoughts concerning quizzical insights and God’s sense of humor have been tickling the edges of my mind since the last devotional. It became obvious that I wasn’t through with Midrash meanderings.

The niggling was around Adam’s solo assignment (naming of the animals). Can’t you picture the scene if God had given the job to man AND woman? (I have a mind cartoon of the outcome, so I have to chuckle with God on this one,) Between woman’s desire to name each animal EXACTLY right (OBVIOUSLY requiring many questions and suggestions) and man’s bent to “Just get the job done”, Paradise might have been lost before the serpent intruded.

I identify – and my husband would testify – to my relentless bent toward questions and suggestions. The need to explore all sides and get “it” right runs high within me. And his singlemindedness is JUST as relentless. Case in point: His major – only – concern as we enter church is to get the job done. He looks neither to the right nor to the left as he sets out to “kill the bear” (conquer our seats). After that, he is fully available to meet and greet others.

There are some matters in life like “(Just) name the animals, Adam” that just need to get done. (I’m not sure procuring our seats in church is one of them!) There are other matters –as in relational matters – where mutual consideration and cooperation is the path most profitable.

I considered considering another scene in the garden …The Apple Scene (not to be confused with today’s Apple frenzy … the savvy serpent salesman slithering up to the woman to tempt her. Why did he go to the woman? Why did the man eat of the fruit too? There’s a whole lot of Midrash going on behind the scenes. But I’ll leave that as an opportunity for the reader to seek quizzical insights into God’s sense of humor.

There’s enough Midrash to be discovered in the Genesis of relationships to go around on both sides of the marriage or political aisle. (Both parties accomplish more when they reach across the aisle in goodwill. The same holds true in every type of relationship.)

The lost art of relationship, whether marriage or politics; family or friendship; employer and employee; co-worker and co-worker; seems to be trusted partnership. Relationships are meant to provide equal opportunity to prefer the other if both will relent from their wayward bents. In matters relational (the stuff life is made of) mutual consideration is the path most profitable.

“Be kind to one another; tenderhearted; forgiving one another
as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph. 4:32

Postscript to E-motional Devotional #28 – Midrash Momentum – 10-7-12

There was another niggling going on within me as I hit the Send key. And this morning
came the “Aha!” I needed to include Scriptures about mutuality:

‘ There should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation to each other,
but the members should have mutual interest in and care for
each other.” From 1 Cor. 12:25 Amplified

“…may we be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith” From Rom. 1:12 Amplified
So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another.” From Rom. 14:19 Amplified

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