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Becoming First Among the Equals on Earth #2

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more



In the first article I have introduced this topic and define the meaning of the topic. I now want us to examine what the author says in the book of psalms 119 that makes him first among his colleagues.

Wiser Than Enemies

The author clearly states that God has done something intriguing for him and what he did was making him wiser than his enemies.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. (Psa. 119:98)

We need to know these about this verse:

- We All Have Enemies on Earth: Some people do not believe they have enemies because of how the black people present the enemies. We present the enemies as applied to us, but there are other forms of enemies as applied to people of the advanced climes too.

- Bible Says There Are Enemies: Jesus and the prophets also say that humans have enemies,

And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. (Mat. 10:36)

For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. (Mic. 7:6)

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(a) Who Are Enemies?

Enemies are defined as someone who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.

The followings are true of the definitions of the enemies.

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- They are people who do not want your progress: The philistines are those who do not want the success of Samson and they did all they could to pull him down. (Judg. 13-16) Prophet Balaam also becomes the enemies of the Israelis because of what he did. (Num. 22-25)

- They are those who are pulling you down spiritually or physically: If we recall the case of David when he got to the battle field, we shall discover that her brother sibling withstood him,

And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? (1 Sam. 17:28-29)

Well bible scholars may say of these verses that his brother is not his enemy but that he was afraid of losing his brother and sibling because the person he wants to face has been a warrior since his childhood days.

That is true, however, we need to know that he may not generally be a long-standing enemy as it is common in this part of the world, but at that instance he was his enemy because assuming David listened to him he would not achieve the feat he achieved.

- They are those who are attacking your commitment to something: Job’s unnamed wife also became his enemy when the suffering of her hubby was unbearable. She though was expressing her love for the man, because everyone of us who have seen someone passing through agony and pains before would wish that the person dies instead of continuing in that pain. That was what happened to Job’s wife too that she made that suggestion. But the suggestion made was antagonistic, not productive which is the comments enemies would make to anything that a person is doing, just to stop the person from continuing in that line.

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. (Job 2:9)

- They are those who do not want your talent or gifts to be revealed: There are people in this part of the world who on seeing that someone wants to break through in life, they will start attacking the progress of the person spiritually and physically because they do not want him to break through.

- They are those who are afraid of your success: Those people because they are afraid of your success would do everything within their means to stop you. Example is King Saul as he becomes the enemy of David.

- They Envy you: Enemies will always envy you, like the brothers of Joseph did to him when he told them about his dreams. (Gen. 37) Although their envying started well before then, but it heightened when he started telling them what he has Divinely received.

- They Will Not Want to Try You: When the news of what you can do get to your enemies, they will not want the management to try you, even if you are the best the management could get and he will do all within his power to make sure that someone else is called to do the work.

These are some of the things that the enemies do. In the next article I shall continue with this exegesis.


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