Although we must love our neighbor, this does not mean that we will have no enemies here below. According to the promise that God gave Adam and Eve after they fell, the world was divided into two groups of people, namely, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. And a fierce unending enmity exists between them, because the seed of the serpent cannot stand those who love God. They cannot love God, and therefore they cannot love those who put their trust in God.
The result is that we are going to suffer at their hands. David knew this and expressed it in Psalm 62:3-4 with those words, ''How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah."
All this became clear when the wicked tried to cast Christ down from His excellency, outwardly claiming that this Seed of the Woman was a blasphemer, while inwardly they were cursing. And that hatred and evil all those for whom Christ died will experience. David is not the only one. All the seed of the woman will know it when they manifest themselves as members of His body.
As we are, or soon shall be, in the season when we consider in a special way Jesus' suffering and death, let us find comfort in David's words. Not we but our enemies shall be as a bowing wall and tottering fence. Our victory is sure. If the enemy slays us, he is only serving as God's tool to bring us to everlasting blessedness. He, not we, will be defeated.
Sing it then in these words of our versification:
My enemies my ruin seek,
They plot with fraud and guile;
Deceitful, they pretend to bless,
But inwardly revile.
My soul, in silence wait for God;
He is my help approved,
He only is my rock and tower,
And I shall not be moved.
Read: Psalm 46
Psalter versification: 161:2, 3
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Song for Meditation: Psalter #272
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Mark 11:27-33 ; Mark 12:1-17
Quote for Reflection:
… whenever any doubt shall arise in our mind about the forgiveness of sins, let us learn to repel it courageously with this shield, that it is an undoubted truth, and deserves to be received without controversy. -- John Calvin