Most people hate the dentist. Well, they detest seeing one. For me, I can say I’ve been genuinely upset enough of the times I’ve gone that the experience of squeaky-clean teeth after a bi-annual check up is ruined.
Worst of all, I often find out crucial information about dental care or filling progression after the fact. For example, fillings don’t last forever. They’re a temporary solution at best, guaranteed only a handful of years to stay affixed to your teeth, which, by the way weaken with each additional re-filling. This makes way for increasingly more serious dental patching, which just to maintain, intrinsically becomes more invasive and more expensive. Ideally, the dentist does all in his or her power to minimize the level of damage and prevent further occurrences. Patients do the best we can – sometimes futilely – to keep teeth free from further harm. Genetic predisposition further weighs against some of us. My molars seem to soak up all the extra attention they can get.
The dentist deals with decay. Our bodies, natural material that includes teeth, are destined for decay, ultimately decomposing in the ground after a lifetime of constant “decay maintenance.” Nothing lasts forever, especially biological matter. Yet, we see in the Psalms that King David mentions God will not “allow [His] Holy One to undergo decay” (16:10). What does it mean that God’s “Holy One” won’t be abandoned to Sheol or decompose?
As Jewish believers in Jesus, we see David’s verse fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. Jesus being fully God became fully human, too, and experienced our everyday pains for a time, toothaches included.
Rabbinically, it was believed that on the third day after death the body began decomposing. Jesus didn’t undergo decay because on the third day after his crucifixion – a fate far worse than root canals – he rose from the dead. He is historically documented to have appeared to over 500 people. Then he returned to heaven, leaving his ruach (spirit) here for us. This contrasts with the days of King Saul when God’s spirit didn’t permanently reside within someone (I Samuel 16:14).
Some of us view God like a dentist: a punishment-doling, untrustworthy specialist who does not look out for our best interest. Some of us don’t believe in Him at all. From Scripture, though, we can see that He is alive and working and has a plan to remove all the pain and discomfort we face. He doesn’t offer a mere “patch job” but a total eradication of decay once and for all time. This starts with knowing Him here, and the hope of a life with Him continues on to eternity. We believe that through accepting Yeshua as an enduring covering for sin we are able to know God and also receive the benefit of eternal life.
You don’t need an appointment. There’s no wait. You can come to God as often as you’d like and “cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).
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