Text: “God shall likewise destroy thee forever, He shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living.”
Good morning, righteous Christian! ‘All those that are ‘...in Christ Jesus..’, and seeking to fervently, and actively serve the Lord, ‘...shall suffer persecution...’. It is a direct promise from God, and has been evidenced to be continually at work down throughout the history of Christ’s Church. If YOU have not suffered such attendant ‘persecution’, hindrance, oppositions; and betrayals – perhaps you should examine yourself and prove to yourself, whether ye be in the true Christian faith at all! Sobering thought on this Lord’s Day.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove (test) your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (rejected of God)? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.” (2 Corinthians 13:5-6)
Doeg was such a reprobate, passed over by God in election for Salvation; rejected of God according to His own Sovereign will and Eternal purpose. He proved himself to be so when he, not only sought to inform Saul on the whereabouts of God’s anointed king, David; but then took the sword to the God-fearing priests of Nob, and put 85 servants of the Living Lord God to death!
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 6:18-20)
Psalm 52, verses 5 to 7 – in the inspiration of God the Spirit – clearly portrays the absolute doom of such persons as the sycophantic flatterer and cruel persecutor, Doeg. It is a doom that will be shared by all who, not only despise the Word of God, but who dare to cause hurt and hindrance to Christ’s active servants. All potential Doegs, beware!
“God shall likewise destroy thee forever, He shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living.” (Psalm 52:5)
“Selah (now think on this). Let us pause and look at the proud, blustering liar. Doeg is gone, but other dogs bark at the Lord’s people. Saul’s cattle-master is buried, but the Devil still has his drovers who fain would hurry the saints like sheep to the slaughter.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 243)
Matthew Henry expounds this Scripture in this manner:
Verse 5: "Thou hast destroyed the priests of the Lord and cut them off, and therefore God shall likewise destroy thee forever.’’ Sons of perdition actively shall be sons of perdition passively, as Judas and the man of sin. Destroyers shall be destroyed; those especially that hate, and persecute, and destroy the priests of the Lord, his ministers and people, who are made to our God priests, a royal priesthood. They shall be taken away with a swift and everlasting destruction.
“Doeg is here condemned: To be driven out of the church: He shall pluck thee out of the tabernacle, not thy dwelling-place, but God’s (so it is most probably understood); "thou shalt be cut off from the favour of God, and his presence, and all communion with him, and shalt have no benefit either by oracle or offering.’’ Justly was he deprived of all the privileges of God’s house who had been so mischievous to his servants; he had come sometimes to God’s tabernacle, and attended in his courts, but he was detained there; he was weary of his service, and sought an opportunity to defame his family; it was very fit therefore that he should be taken away, and plucked out thence; we should forbid anyone our house that should serve us so.
“Note: We forfeit the benefit of ordinances if we make an ill use of them. To be driven out of the world; "He shall root thee out of the land of the living, in which thou thoughtest thyself so deeply rooted.’’ When good men die they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, the nursery of the plants of righteousness, to that in heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever. But, when wicked men die, they are rooted out of the land of the living, to perish forever, as fuel to the fire of divine wrath. This will be the portion of those that contend with God.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, by Matthew Henry, 1662-1714)
What a doom awaits those that act like a Doeg! What Eternal horror awaits those that dare to harm God’s anointed and Eternally chosen servants! God’s dire warning is made very clear: “He (God) suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, He reproved kings for their sakes, saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:21-22)
Every true Spiritually regenerated soul is anointed by God to be so in Eternity, and given to Christ then as the Father’s gift to His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus.
“All that the Father giveth Me, shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
“Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest (guarantee) of the Spirit in our hearts (inner being).” (1 Corinthians 1:21-22)
The Doegs of this world do not seem to realise for a moment what infinite cost it took to redeem us, God’s people, from our sins, and to grant us Eternal life in Christ Jesus. God the Father had to cruelly sacrifice His only begotten lamb; His Eternal Son; upon that ruthless Roman gibbet Cross, to purchase us back from our vile sins, by Christ’s sinless and Holy Blood. What an infinite Sacrifice to make, that we might become God’s anointed people!
Having paid such a Divine and infinite price for ‘His people’ – woe betide any would-be a Doeg to do harm to God’s anointed Christian people. An Eternal Hell of horrors awaits such would-be tyrants and persecutors of those whom God dearly loves. Anti-Christians beware!
Thought: He/she who strikes/hurts the Christian – seeks to strike/hurt the Christ!