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Psalms 94:16-22 Protect Me From the Wicked

Posted by adventbiblestudy on February 25, 2014


Psalms 94:16-22 NLTse Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? (17) Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. (18) I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORDsupported me. (19) When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. (20) Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side– leaders whose decrees permit injustice? (21) They gang up against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. (22) But the LORD is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide.

 

This is a strange prophecy because it leads to two parallel chapters which add so much to understanding the fulfillment. Maybe we should have been looking at more than one chapter in previous studies. This three chapter study has so many connecting factors it begs for a comparison between the three chapters.

 

So much is written about God’s protection, help, support, comfort, hope, and cheer. These are all key words David used to direct us to – let’s face it – more than one chapter describing how God will fulfill all these promises. It’s one of God’s favorite subjects. It’s so much of God’s message, it deserves a closer look than what we’ve done in previous studies.

 

This prophecy also contains a contrast. We’ve seen how God uses contrasts to teach lessons. What is a contrast to the protection God offers? We see the opposite of God’s protection in more places than we imagine. Once we compare these texts, we’ll see another example of how the world tries to substitute a false sense of security for the kind only God can offer.

 

John 17:9-16 NLTse “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. (10) All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. (11) Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. (12) During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. (13) “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. (14) I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. (15) I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. (16) They do not belong to this world any more than I do.

 

Matthew 23:37-39 NLTse “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. (38) And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. (39) For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!'”

 

In addition to the key words protect, guarded, and safe in John, Jesus repeated the word given to indicate who is protected by His Father. In Matthew, Jesus added the word gather, pointing to the plan of salvation. So now we have a promise of God’s protection which is being compared to, “unjust leaders claim that God is on their side– leaders whose decrees permit injustice.” Jesus emphasized the same point by repeating the word world where the danger lies. By following simple Bible Study rules we’ve seen how God broadens the definition of the symbols He uses.

 

The fight, threats and power go beyond what we’ve seen so far. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13 NLTse).

 

We can’t hope to stand against threats in this world ourselves. We need God on our side. We need His protection and His double edged sword – His Word to defend against attacks Satan and his demons are preparing for us. We may not see them coming, but God does. He can prepare us for battle the same way He prepared Jesus for His confrontation with Satan in person. With God we have nothing to fear.

 

Jesus came here to gather His followers and more. Jesus came here to show this world God’s real image and personality. Jesus came to serve and show the world how God is ready, willing, and able to serve. People try putting their own image of a god on our Creator and most of the time they miss the mark. They error by teaching about subjects they have not consulted with God’s Spirit about. Jesus’ invitation is a personal one. “All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.” Jesus invites people to work with Him to glorify God. Jesus glorified God as an individual using personal touch and instructions. Jesus took time to heal people and forgive them on an individual basis. These are lessons Jesus wants us to learn, copy, and practice. First we need to be covered by Him.

 

As the lessons on God’s protection expands, Jesus moves to contrasts in the summations. Why does Jesus use contrasts? We’re given contrasts not to judge and condemn people with, but to compare this world with Heaven, a lesson Jesus spent time teaching His disciples. One of the first steps you need to learn is how to tell the difference between the world and Heaven. When you hear something preached, you have to determine if the message is from Heaven or this world. This takes a lot of prayer, patients, and practice. Unlearning can be as difficult as learning a new subject. This is one reason to continue comparing scripture in the particular order God’s Spirit leads. Once the prophecy and fulfillment is compared, introductions are to be studied.

 

Psalms 94:1-8 NLTse O LORD, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth! (2) Arise, O judge of the earth. Give the proud what they deserve. (3) How long, O LORD? How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat? (4) How long will they speak with arrogance? How long will these evil people boast? (5) They crush your people, LORD, hurting those you claim as your own. (6) They kill widows and foreigners and murder orphans. (7) “The LORD isn’t looking,” they say, “and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.” (8) Think again, you fools! When will you finally catch on?

 

John 17:1-4 NLTse After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. (2) For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. (3) And this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. (4) I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

 

Matthew 23:1-15 NLTse Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, (2) “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. (3) So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. (4) They crush people with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. (5) “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. (6) And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. (7) They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ (8) “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. (9) And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. (10) And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. (11) The greatest among you must be a servant. (12) But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (13) “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you PhariseesHypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either. (15) “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you PhariseesHypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!

 

The lesson in this study has the power to write itself. Look what happens when the introductions are combined.

 

LORD, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth! Arise, O judge of the earth. Give the proud what they deserve. How long, O LORD? How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat? How long will they speak with arrogance? How long will these evil people boastGlorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. “Everything they do is for show.”

 

Combining these introductions shows how each shares the same context while illustrating the problem, God’s solution, and the reaction. Much has been written and preached about the Pharisees. Most of the information concentrates on the problem, little on the solution, and less on the ramifications or results of their conduct. Many look at Jesus’ reaction to the Pharisees as an excuse to beat up on people from other Christian denominations. This is another example showing how the proof text method of Bible Study is nothing more than a deception introduced by Satan to blind the church to plain, simple lessons lying on the surface of scripture. What have you been taught on the subject of the Pharisees? Why did Jesus confront the priests and Pharisees? Was Jesus trying to save them? Of course He did. Why do you think Jesus wept when they wouldn’t listen? You have to expand your thoughts past the physical. Jesus looked past the physical scene in front of Him down through prophetic history. Jesus knew the influence those priests and Pharisees had over thousands and millions. Jesus knew how many would be lost if the priests and Pharisees clung onto their traditions and doctrines. “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6 NLTse).

 

This isn’t a battle for any of us to fight on our own. In a war every soldier takes orders from their commander. No soldier goes out on his own without orders and consent from their commander. But some Christians feel they are in a position to launch attacks and wage war on whomever they choose. They use a few bits and pieces of scripture to justify personal wars. They can’t see how Jesus was reaching out to more than the people in front of Him.

 

Jesus’ ministry was a personal one. We have no idea how God’s Spirit can use us to reach one person and how far that one seed can reach. Jesus reached out to a man possessed by demons. That single man led cities to Jesus. A woman cast from society led another town to Jesus after their brief meeting at a well. It’s not our role to lay battle plans or command others. It’s not safe for anyone to enter a war or battle without a plan. Who in their right mind would not take orders from a commander able to see the results of each battle? The first step in becoming a good soldier is to be trained. God trains His soldiers through His Word as we have seen and will see when we compare summations for these three chapters.

 

Psalms 94:23 NLTse God will turn the sins of evil people back on them. He will destroy them for their sins. The LORD our God will destroy them.

 

John 17:24-26 NLTse Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! (25) “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. (26) I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

 

Matthew 23:37-39 NLTse “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. (38) And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. (39) For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!'”

 

The summaries seem to write the conclusion on the lesson. There are people who turn away from God who will never find a reason to turn to Him. Others have turned to Jesus and He does everything He can to protect them. Still He cries out to the lost – not giving up until the very last moment. The conclusion of the lesson sheds light on judgment in the Heavenly Sanctuary at the closing moments when Jesus cries out to the world with the final message – TURN TO ME.

 

We see the lesson in the contrast between these chapters. We see how earnestly Jesus cries out. We see how stubborn the world is. Its a battle fought in this world – a lesson to the universe. In this past week I’ve seen more corruption then I care to count. People openly defying government laws and paying no attention to God’s law. Men want written laws for the false security they think a government will bring them. Men asked God for a king. They thought nothing about kings leaving God out of the process of choosing the next king. Now people feel safe by choosing leaders themselves by developing a system they think is just and fair. Instead of justice they receive a choice between two evils, but still insist their process of choosing leaders is better than turning to God.

 

The world has chosen a government that introduces and changes laws as quickly as a spring flood changes direction – leaving only destruction in its path. Like spring floods, man’s laws don’t regard the poor, widow, orphans. They have no regard for the needy – they create homeless – all in the name of profit. Not only profit but all out selfish greed beyond imagination with fortunes and buildings reaching to the heavens — defying God at every step.

 

I hear a lot of modern day prophecies about a single world government operation under one leader. Those modern day prophets write books and sell what they call documentaries about events they think will happen. Like the priests and Pharisees in Jesus’ time — they are all wrong. Not one will be correct. They know as little about prophecy as the Pharisees.

 

The vast majority of governments in this world hold elections. It’s rare to see an honest person run for office. Most politicians have been groomed, brought up through the ranks of corruption. Only one power in this world could have created such a deception, Satan himself is responsible. You have to place blame where it belongs before you can begin to understand.

 

Not one single word in the Bible gave man the authority to make laws. Man’s service to God is to follow His law. But God and His law has been swept away – exchanged for a world wide form of government Satan offered and the world ate up. The world turned down God’s manna from Heaven in exchange for the quail of the earth they lusted after – self control – to a point they cannot see they are under the control of the self proclaimed king of the north – Satan himself.

 

Like the Pharisees of the past this world cannot overcome pride and traditions. They cling onto them as if man made laws and self rule will bring salvation. Like hidden leaven or yeast, the deception spreads until the whole world has been deceived.

 

Rumors of wars Jesus warned about point to the misguided deception – a war waged for self rule and the right to abolish man made laws and erect new laws is freedom. People all over the world are dying for a cause that leads only to another form of ruin and slavery. And through all of this Satan is laughing.

 

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. We have to stop fooling ourselves – thinking we know more than the priests and Pharisees who killed Jesus to maintain control and the right to rule themselves, to make laws and altar God’s law. Today the world is further away from understanding and explaining God’s law than the day they crucified Jesus. But the world cannot see it. Blinded by generations of self rule they cling onto a few scattered success stories they also manipulate to cover up faults.

 

Corruption breeds corruption. People see how corrupt governments are and copy their acts of rebellion. Look at history recorded about the kings of Judah and Israel. As the king went, so went the country. When the king was good, so were the people. When the king was evil, people used it as an excuse to exceed his evil thoughts and manners. Today people see governments taking advantage of people from all walks of life. The world cannot leave people alone to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Try to make a decent living and you’ll find yourself working for the tax man. God told His people they will be taxed to support the lavish life style of those in power. God told us kings and their governments will lay heavy tax burdens on their subjects and share the revenue with those closest to the king and able to keep him in power. This is what stripping gold from the temple represents – leaders putting their trust in treasures of the world while turning their backs on God.

 

Leaders all over the world support major financial institutions, leaders of industry, power, oil and gas, and now companies that control health care. There isn’t an element in this world governments have not turned over the control and trust to – leaving God out in the cold. Still the modern day prophets of today cry out – “it’s coming, it’s coming!” Its been here for a long time. We’re just waiting for God to deal with it while He’s waiting for us to open up the ears, eyes, and minds He’s given us.

 

The world has been left to us desolate and void of understanding. Still the world looks to its leaders for an answer. Their only solution is to spend more money – translated meaning – take more money from you to give to the rich and powerful – they’ll solve your problems. The definition of insanity is to follow the same process over and over again hoping for a different result. The only time this world has seen a different result is when God stepped in and changed the tide of flood waters raging all over this world. Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. 

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