Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Old Enemies, New Enemies, Always Enemies
Eze 25:14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.
I will lay my vengeance upon Edom - God will not allow men to insult those whom he has cast down. His judgment is sufficient; to add more is an insult to God.
by the hand of my people Israel, the same hand by which judgment was inflicted upon Israel; suggesting that by the same hand vengeance would be inflicted on the Edomites, namely, by the Babylonians:
and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; that is, shall execute all the anger and fury, or all that punishment in anger and fury, which the Lord in righteous judgment has appointed them to, and has determined shall be performed upon them, by the children of Israel or the Babylonians, as his instruments:
and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God; the meaning is, they shall feel it, and be sensible of it, and know that it comes from the Lord himself; full of resentment against them, and highly displeased at their behaviour towards his people Israel.
The judgments threatened against them for this sin. God will take them to task for it (Eze_25:13): I will stretch out my hand upon Edom Their country shall be desolate from Teman, which lay in the south part of it; and they shall fall by the sword unto Dedan, which lay north; the desolations of war should go through the nation.
(1.) They had taken vengeance, and therefore God will lay his vengeance upon them (Eze_25:14): They shall know my vengeance. Those that will not leave it to God to take vengeance for them may expect that he will take vengeance on them; and those that will not believe and fear his vengeance shall be made to know and feel his vengeance; they shall be dealt with according to God's anger and according to his fury, not according to the weakness of the instruments that are employed in it, but according to the strength of the arm that employs them.
(2.) They had taken vengeance on Israel, and God will lay his vengeance on them by the hand of his people Israel.
Eze 25:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;
The Philistines. And,
1. Their sin is much the same with that of the Edomites: They have dealt by revenge with the people of Israel, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, not to disturb them only, but to destroy them, for the old hatred (Eze_25:15), the old grudge they bore them, or (as the margin reads it) with perpetual hatred, a hatred that began long since and which they resolved to continue. The anger was implacable: they dealt by revenge, traded in the acts of malice; it was their constant practice, and their heart, their spiteful heart, was upon it.
2. Their punishment likewise is much the same, Eze_25:16. Those that were for destroying God's people shall themselves be cut off and destroyed; and (Eze_25:17) those that were for avenging themselves shall find that God will execute great vengeance upon them. This was fulfilled when that country was wasted by the Chaldean army, not long after the destruction of Jerusalem, which is foretold, Jer_47:1-7. It was strange that these nations, which bordered upon the land of Israel, were not alarmed by the success of the Chaldean army, and made to tremble in the apprehension of their own danger; when their neighbour's house was on fire it was time to look to their own; but their impiety and malice made them forget their politics, till God by his judgments convinced them that the cup was going round, and they were the less safe for being secure.
(1 Samuel 13:1-14:52; 2Ch_28:18). The “old hatred” refers to their continual enmity to the covenant-people. They lay along Judea on the seacoast at the opposite side from Ammon and Moab. They were overthrown by Uzziah (2Ch_26:6), and by Hezekiah (2Ki_18:8). Nebuchadnezzar overran the cities on the seacoast on his way to Egypt after besieging Tyre (Jer_47:1-7). God will take vengeance on those who take the avenging of themselves out of His hands into their own (Rom_12:19-21; Jam_2:13).
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Old enemies, new enemies, always enemies, sometime no matter what you do to try and resolve a thing It can not be done, as the other party is unwilling to be spoken to. We are to live at peace with all men; the key here is as much as is possible with you. We can not force anyone to be at peace with us, if we apologize and it is not accepted so be it, we can not become bitter towards anyone, we must always pray and feed even our enemies we must give them over to our lord and pray for them. Vengeance is mine saith the lord. We must learn this. Never be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.
In our text we read how the lord deals with those that make his people their enemy, even those who hold old grudges, hate, prejudice, old hurts etc.
Old enemies and new enemies must always be dealt with the same way, in love, mercy and forgiveness, as we have been forgiven so we must forgive this is not an option. Is this easy, no, it is possible when we pray and do what the word says.
I like what Clarke said on verse 14.
God will not allow men to insult those whom he has cast down. His judgment is sufficient; to add more is an insult to God.
If we judge ourselves we shall not be judged. Your lord is your judge, your vindicator, vindication may seem far off, in fact it may never come until Judgment in heaven.
As the Martyrs under the alter in Revelations are hears how long O' lord will you not avenge our blood, the lord responded rest a while until your brethren who will die as you have and my judgments at the end of the tribulation takes place, than holy wrath, vindication will happen, not before.
I posted before about what the bible says concerning the misunderstanding of who come to rule and reign with Christ, they are infact as said, those martyred, they will have their righteous day, and this is a hope, one day your name will be cleared, your enemies gone and every tear shall be wiped away, no more memories of bad things, no ore sickness, pain, chastisements and such, until than in faith and trust we wait, but while we wait we must never allow evil to over come us, but we are to always overcome evil with good.
Deu 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.