2Kings 6:8-23, “21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” 22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.”23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
The world is hostile. We have enemies in every corner and greater enemies against believers. Other religions are more tolerated than Christians in dealing with challenges that face Christians. While the fierce battle against Christians is to wipe them out of the map, the strategy God has often given believers is not to engage the enemy with the same battle plan as they do but fight God’s battles God’s way. God’s given strategies are many times unconventional in our judgment, they don’t make sense but they are mighty through God and we must learn by the word of God how best to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…”
David wrote Psalm 23 toward the end of his life, and therefore it is his reflection of God’s work in the life of David. David had the following experiences: tending sheep, defeating Goliath, being chased by King Saul, anointed King of Israel, committing adultery, repenting of his sin, etc…. To say that David had a full life of vast experiences would be an understatement. Many of us are familiar with this most popular Psalm but what snapshot of David’s life was he thinking of when he wrote, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…?” Was Goliath on his mind, or one of his many battles that he led? I believe that David reflected on the time his sheep were hunted by a lion or a bear that could easily devour and carry them away. However David was the sheep, and he was not being hunted by a foreign army, or even any such enemy of Israel, he was being hunted by an enemy lion, with the attributes of Satan who seeks to steal kill and destroy, that was supposed to be on his side. Read the rest of this entry »
John 15:18-19, “18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you”
In the early verses of this chapter, Jesus talked to His disciples of the nature of His relationship to them. Towards the end, He turns to address the disciples’ relationship to the world. His relationship to His disciples was that of love and of friendship. In addressing them in vs 18, He would have them understand that the world’s relationship to them will be the opposite of His. He uses a strong word “hate” which means a deep and emotional extreme dislike. It is often associated with feelings of anger, disgust and a disposition towards hostility. Hate by biblical definition is murder at heart something we are not to have as His friends. Read the rest of this entry »
As we conclude, we see Elisha pursued and God causing his enemies to be blind, and instead of taking advantage of the situation to revenge, he chose to be different.
Without releasing and letting them go as they came, the king was encouraged to show kindness to them. They set food before them, and not tiny little food but a great feast as the bible puts it. Read and you will discover, they ate, drank and had a good time and thereafter they were released to go back to their master and so the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel. Here is what we are encouraged to do, Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink: for in doing so thou shall heap coals of fire on his head”. Elisha was able to treat these men well because of God, and the more he also showed kindness the more the people around him became affected and they changed their ways too. Read the rest of this entry »
Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over”
Where there is good be sure evil will be present too. There is always the opposing side. Our Savior was opposed and rejected, we are not in anyway better than our Savior to escape them. We too will face opposition because a righteous man has enemies. He would not be like his Lord if did not face some of the things the Lord faced.
If we were without enemies we might fear that we were not the friends of God, for the friendship of the world is enmity to God.
Our blessed Savior is not intimidated by what is happening in the world, He still prepares the good unto His people and set’s it right in the presence of their enemies. We are not to be afraid to enjoy the abundant blessings He bestows upon us. Read the rest of this entry »