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This is a psalm of praise written by King David. It is said that it was his last psalm. His last psalm was pure praise of ADONAI and a declaration of faith based on a life of experiences — good and bad.
Matthew’s record of Yeshua’s activity in chapter 9 is a whirlwind of healing, deliverance, correction, exhortation, and teaching. Imagine following Him from miracle to miracle, watching Him give “what for” to the snooty Pharisees, and perhaps, patting one another on the backs that they were the chosen ones. They had front-row seats when Jesus would rid them of their Roman oppressors. Yeah!
Have you ever read the book of Joel? It’s only four chapters, but it is packed with insights. It reads a lot like the book of Revelation sometimes — no coincidence there. Yet, there is so much more.
Has anyone ever said bad things about someone you care about? Probably. Were they true? Or partially true? More than likely. But because we love that person, and we truly know them, we’re going to come to their defense. I may not get along with all of my family, but don’t let a stranger say anything bad about them. That gets me riled.
In or out of context, this verse is should be engraved in our hearts and minds. No matter how brutal or hurtful the attacks, our struggle is not with that person (s), it is with the vilest creatures GOD threw out of heaven. Right now, they seek to bring us the pain and disappointment that keeps us awake at night and wasting precious time on vain imaginations.
I pray this verse a lot. How about you? But, what does it really mean? Does it mean that every passage we have preached to our children, our friends, our family, even strangers will succeed and accomplish what we intended? Maybe.
Wow! Paul’s first book to the Corinthians is saturated with references to the Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy), the Prophets, and the Writings. Why? One reason is, well, he was a Jewish scholar. But mainly because most of his audience — his readers — were from a non-Biblical background, and as new believers their behavior was problematic. Divisiveness, sexual misbehavior, marriage problems, folks suing one another, disruptions during services, and the list goes on.
CONTEXT! Oh my goodness. This verse has been taken out of context for the wrong reasons. Used in ways that inevitably cause discouragement, even as far as a crisis of faith. It is said that “Scripture will interpret Scripture.” In the sense that Scripture must not contradict itself. The most secure way I know for that to not happen is to read passages within context.