Typical Time-Tested Enemies

People who have what many call “low-down ways,” seem to have the same personality characteristics from generation to generation and from Age to Age. Times, cultures, and technology may have changed, but backstabbers and persecutors have not change. We discover that typical time-tested enemies can be found in every generation from ancient times to the contemporary present.

How do we know this to be true?

David came across the same type of people in his day. He even speaks of them in Psalm 35. In fact, the way that he describes their evil ways probably will  sound familiar to any generation of people who strive to be righteous.

David writes starting at verse 7 (from the New American Standard Bible)

(7)”For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.”

(8)”Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.”

(9)”And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; It shall exult in His salvation.”

(10)’All my bones will say, “Lord, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”

(11)”Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I do not know.”

(12)”They repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul.”

(13)”But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer kept returning to my bosom.”

(14)”I went as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.”

(15)”But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The smiters whom I did not know gathered themselves together against me, They slandered me without ceasing.”

(16)”Like godless jesters at a feast, they gnashed at me with their teeth.”

(17)”Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, My only life from lions.”

I could read on and on as David goes on to say, for example, in verse 19,

“Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.”

David dealt with the type of people, that hated him just because someone in power or someone they knew hated him. David said he did not even know some of his enemies. Yet, these seemed to be the loudest, and talked the most trash about David.

“Who are you, again?” David might have replied.

There are some people who are cheerleaders for mess. And jump at the chance to join a gang of haters in order to kick someone who is down. Yet, these were not even his worse enemies.

David’s worse enemies were those who he aided in their time of need and went out of his way to help them in their periods of distress. These are the people that grieved David the most because they were, as we have learned, typical time-tested enemies.

Many Believers today have encountered these same type of people. People who hate them for no reason. People who stab them in the back after they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help them.

Do not think that this is strange behavior; no. This is only the typical behavior of people with wicked hearts.

Have you seen any lately?

Wicked people are ungrateful, unthankful, and will turn on anyone who has helped them in a minute. Watch-out for these type of people.

Another similarity is how David is inquiring why the Lord has not stepped-in and dealt severely with his enemies.

Why let them go on seemingly untouched?

People who try to live right, and serve God right, and treat other people right, have been posing these same questions for thousands of years.

As Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun…”(Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Yet, we must remember that “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. I will repay”(Romans 12:19). God said what He meant and meant what He said.

God will pay everyone back for the wrong that they have done. That is part of His role as the Supreme Judge of all living. It was true in David’s day and it is STILL true today!

But David likes to remind God of this role and desires, as many of us have, that God strike at his enemies quickly. As he proclaims in verse one, “…fight against those who fight against me…”

Furthermore, David ask God to reward those who favor the righteous. Just like there are always wicked people around, there will always be people who stand-up for those who are afflicted and persecuted. There will be those, who may not even be saved, but who are not far from the kingdom of Heaven.

The one bright side of David’s psalm is the fact that not everyone will side with evil. Some will always side with good.

The bottom line is that certain attributes of wicked people are similar from generation to generation. We must learn the lesson of dealing with our enemies

The Lesson:

Understand what the Bible teaches about dealing with enemies:

“Bless them which persecute you, and curse not.”(Romans 12:24, KJV)

Jesus said, in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”(King James Version {KJV})

Then, we find-out why we should do good to our enemies in Romans 12:20 “On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”(New International Version)

Enough said.

A-men

 

 

 

 

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