Effectively Overcoming Evil
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing. – Psalms 37:8
There are two different words for the sun in Hebrew and they are both related to Prophecy in the ways in which I demonstrated in the Hebrew version of this post.
One is Chamah. Chama comes from the root in Hebrew for heat. It also means anger, not surprisingly, and it means poison too.
The beginning of the quest for Justice begins with a great deal of chamah. There is much light there, but much heat too. The desire to to “burn off” evil.
The result is that we get burnt out.
The other word for sun is Shemesh – which also means to be useful, to be a servant.
It is when we reach the level of being like the sun in its faithfulness, it’s surrounding us with warmth and light and following us in our path with the desire to enlighten our way that we become effective bringers of Justice in Peace to the world.
As King David teaches: For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD giveth grace and glory;
The idea is to shield the evil from destruction and shed light on them and melt the stone in their hearts with warmth, not to cauterize them with anger or imagine we can obliterate them if we summon up enough rage.