2nd Writing for Lent “Skin for Skin”
Most anyone will do anything to save their skin. We hear, ” It is no skin off my nose!” or “He gets under my skin.” We refer to it so much because it is important.
What is it about skin? It is the very thing that holds one together. The bones and all the organs have to be covered with skin. Skin has its own value. It is a waterproofer; gives us skin tone; regulates body temperature and permits the sensation of touch, heat and cold. In fact, the skin, totaling about 20 sq. ft., is the largest organ of the body.
Satan said to God about Job, “Skin for Skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said, “He is in your power, only spare his life.” ( Job 2:4-13) So Satan inflected sores on Job from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, a written history of the fate of those who were willing to lay down their lives for their Saviour , is the story of what was done to the skin of men. It was burned and tortured in many ways.
Satan was wrong. They did not curse God. They did not always understand why this was happening to them, but they were willing to stand firm and endure the pain.
Throughout Christian history, the tribulation and persecution of believers came in many forms. Sometimes it was a political motive. It was often done by the very church that the believers honored. Other times it was simply evil and Satan demanding his pound of flesh.
They believed that what they knew deep in their hearts was more than anything that could be done to them. Job knew this. The apostles knew this. Joan of Arc knew it also, as was depicted in the film Joan of Arc starring Ingrid Bergman. She said because God spoke to her through voices that only she could hear, “ I do what I can without knowing how.” In the end, she was burned at the stake for heresy because she would not deny what she heard from God.
The martyrs often had to listen to their own souls even though family or friends counseled them to surrender to popular thought or authority rule. They were humble. They were not proud. Often they were ordinary people, like you and me. They simply believed. Skin was not all important…God was
VIDEO Joan of Arc The struggle to listen to and obey God. (Turn on sound)