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God’s Editorial Metaphor

Taking a person or issue and layering it in a different metaphorical imagery has long been a way we humorously address subjects and issues. In this editorial cartoon Steve Sack cloaks "trans fats" as one of the Biblical four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Taking a person or issue and layering it in a different metaphorical context has long been a way we humorously address subjects and issues. In this editorial cartoon Steve Sack cloaks “trans fats” as one of the Biblical four horsemen of the apocalypse. In today’s chapter, God uses a similar device in delivering a prophetic editorial against the King of Tyre.

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘You were the seal of perfection,
    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden,
    the garden of God;'”
Ezekiel 28:11-13a (NIV)

Editorial writers and cartoonists have a very long history of using imagery and irony in the skewering of their political targets. They will often place a person in a different metaphorical context to make a thought provoking point in humorous fashion. No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself, a quick Google search will yield several examples that will tickle your funny bone while your spirit cries a political “Amen!” to the point being delivered. [Note: For the sake of my friends on both sides of the political spectrum I have chosen the benign issue of nutrition for my illustrative example at the top of this post.]

In today’s chapter, God takes up the editorial pen against the King of Tyre. He’s already delivered strong messages against Tyre as a city state (Ezekiel 26), and an even more narrowly targeted message against the merchant class (Ezekiel 27). Now, God whittles His message down to the King of Tyre in an individual rebuke.

God uses irony and imagery, picturing the King of Tyre as Adam in the Garden of Eden before the fall. He figuratively dresses the monarch with the adornments of a high priest. The metaphor is clear. The King of Tyre thinks he’s all that. He believes himself to be human perfection, to be Adam (the first of creation, created sinless in the Garden) and Aaron (the first High Priest, the chosen of God to be the mediator between God and humanity) rolled into one. Apparently, the crown royal of Tyre fashioned himself as a god on Earth as many monarchs did throughout ancient history. God, through Ezekiel, muses on whether the king will feel so divine bowing before those who will kill him.

Today, I’m thinking about the myriad of metaphorical ways in which Creator God layers His messages. I’m thinking about the myriad of metaphorical ways in which we as humans, made in the image of the Creator, can layer our message to individuals, to audiences, and to the world around us. I need and want to continue becoming a better and more effective communicator.

The Sarcasm of Job

How you have helped the powerless!
    How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
    And what great insight you have displayed!
Who has helped you utter these words?
    And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?
Job 26:1-4 (NIV)

In case you didn’t catch it, Job is being sarcastic. And, I might add, he’s doing a nice job of it. Funny to think that through big chunks of history it was popularly believed that humor was at best ungodly and at worst sinful. Constipated medieval scholars liked to point out the fact that the Bible never speaks of Jesus laughing. Of course, it never speaks of Jesus going to the bathroom either, but even constipated medieval scholars have to go once in a while. Believe me, if you take thirteen guys camping out under the stars and fishing on the lake like Jesus and the boys, there’s going to be laughter.

I believe God has an awesome sense of humor. And Job’s sarcasm in today’s chapter is a great example.

Sarcasm is an ironic or satirical remark that seems to be praising someone or something but is really taunting or cutting. Sarcasm can be used to hurt or offend or can be used for comic affect.

– I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.
– I work 40 hours a week to be this poor.
– Is it time for your medication or mine?
– Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
– Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
– Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
– Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
– Earth is full. Go home.
– Suburbia: where they tear out the trees and then name streets after them.
– This isn’t an office. It’s Hell with fluorescent lighting.
– I majored in liberal arts. Will that be for here or to go?
– Don’t bother me. I’m living happily ever after.

Sarcastic Quotes by Famous People (Other than Job)

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

“Sometimes I need what only you can provide: your absence.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop

“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” – Groucho Marx

“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain

“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” – George Carlin

“You see, money’s not everything in life is it? But it keeps you in touch with your children…” – Johnnie Casson

“The early bird may get the worm, but it’s the second mouse who gets the cheese.” – Steven Wright

“What’s on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement?” – Fred Allen

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” – Fred Allen

“Children really brighten up a household – they never turn the lights off.” – Ralph Bus

“Honesty is the best policy — when there is money in it.” – Mark Twain

source: yourdictionary.com

Hope you have a good laugh today! 🙂