Scripture Reading: Psalm 7
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Psalm 120:7-- I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
Righteousness sake—because of doing righteousness, for these beatitudes. When unrighteous people see people do righteousness, they get mad because now they know it’s possible and they know they aren’t doing it.
Revile—Abuse you to your face. Mock, deride.
Reward in heaven—there is a joy in doing right here, but there is also eternal reward.
Psalm 7:10-13—Psalm begins (1-5) with a section saying maybe his persecution is because he was wrong, he wants to know—when the guy threw stones at David.
My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
Angry—enraged, foam at the mouth, abhor.
Of all the wicked, God gets most stirred to wrath when someone persecutes the innocent.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Not of this world—don’t act like it, not conformed to it. Gospel implies changed life, different from the life you had in the world before.
Hate—detest, especially to point of persecuting, mocking, reviling.
Persecute—run after, put to flight
My name, they know not me—people who don’t know God hate people who do know Him. The name of Christ acts poison in the ears of the nonbeliever.
2 Timothy 3:10-12
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life [conduct], purpose [aim], faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Fully known—followed, conformed to. Timothy knows it because he follows it.
Who will live—whose will is to live godly, resolved to living godly. The guy intending [same word] to build a tower counts the cost first. Godliness is not possible without Christ, godliness is Christ-likeness.
All who live—Paul minimizing the specialness of his suffering, it’s just what happens.
--world does not hate other religions like it hates Judeo-Christian religion. It does not have a human origin, it is godly in nature, and thus hated my humanity. If you actually do it, or even have a desire to do it, persecution will come.
--if persecution hasn’t come, guess what that means?
1 Peter 2:19-23—in context of listening to your masters
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Conscience toward God—the conscious sense of your relation to God. Endure—patiently bear up under. What glory—what merit, virtue is there? Only usage of this word.
Acceptable—charis, grace, thankworthy.
Called—invite, to have this name placed on you. Christians are called to suffer wrongfully.
Example—a pattern to follow. If you live godly in Christ, you’ll suffer, that’s what Christ did!
Committed himself to the judge—only ground of patience. God will take care of it. This was His only form of revenge—let God deal with them.