One of the things that is so amazing about visiting Israel is the number of authentic antiquities that are available, literally everywhere you turn. The Holy Land seems like nothing but one archeological dig. Everywhere you look, you see the discovering of ruins that are thousands and thousands of years old. It is truly amazing.
One of those antiquities which caught my eye, were these ancient ‘tear bottles’ which no doubt came about upon reading what David wrote in the psalms.
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?
What do we know about these tear bottles? One website had this to say about them
Tear bottles were fairly common in Roman times, around the time of Christ, when mourners filled small glass bottles or cups with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of respect. Sometimes women were even paid to cry into these vessels, as they walked along the mourning procession. Those crying the loudest and producing the most tears received the most compensation, or so the legend goes. The more anguish and tears produced, the more important and valued the deceased person was perceived to be.
It is so like man, to take a truth about God and figure out how to take it to a whole different level than what was originally intended. What truth can we draw from the scriptures about our Lord as it relates to our tears, to our cries?
And the Lord said:“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
Here is the simple truth about the Lord. He hears our cries and does something about them. He takes them and comforts us, encourages us, and comes to our rescue. We don’t need tear bottles or professional criers to understand this truth. We simply need to cling to and trust in the promises of His word.