2in the world at all, for ultimately it is unnatural and ought not to be in a worldcreated by God.
Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35). As Mary and Martha’s sympathetic high priest, Heunderstood the pain and sorrow that they were experiencing. As Isaiah the prophet foretold, “He was aman of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…” (Isaiah 53:3).First Thessalonians 4:13 indicates the propriety of grief for the Christian, “But we do not want you to beuninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have nohope.”
PRACTICES IN BIBLICAL TIMES
Mourning was expressed by:-
Weeping (John 11:33-35)-
Loud lamentation (Jer. 9:17-18)-
The rending of clothes (Gen. 37:34; 2 Sam. 1:11, 3:31)-
Wearing sackcloth (Gen. 37:34; Ps. 35:13)-
Sprinkling dust or ashes on the person (2 Sam. 13:19; Jer. 6:26; Job 2:12)-
Shaving the head (Jer. 16:7b; Job 1:20)-
Fasting (2 Sam. 1:12)-
Cutting the flesh (Jer. 16:6-7) and laying on the ground (2 Sam. 12:16; 13:31)-
In the later times we find a class of mourners who could be hired to grieve by their loudlamentation the external tokens of sorrow (2 Chron. 35:25; Jer. 9:17; see also Matt. 9:23)
—“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider and call for the mourning women,that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come! And let them make haste,and take up a wailing for us, That our eyes may shed tears, And our eyelids flow with water.’”The period of mourning for the dead varied in biblical times according to the custom of the particular nation. For example, the Israelites typically mourned for seven days. Genesis 50:10 tells us Josephand his family mourned for Jacob seven days once they returned to Canaan from Egypt (Genesis50:10). While Joseph and his family were still in Egypt the mourning period was seventy daysaccording to Egyptian custom (Genesis 50:3). For Aaron (Numbers 20:29) and Moses (Deut. 34:8) itwas thirty days, and for Saul, seven days (1 Sam. 31:13).
PRACTICAL TIPS AT THE TIME OF DEATH
Be with the family or get to them ASAP.2.
Spend time with them (Rom. 12:15).-
They may be in shock.-
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
(Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House,1994), p. 814.