Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

As it is written, ‘For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’.” (Romans 8:36).

Paul had just laid out a legal argument for our cause as God’s people (vv. 30-32). Then he negated the idea that we are still under some condemnation from God (vv. 33-34). Then Paul attempted to embrace an argument that nothing in the trials of this life can separate us from the love of Christ (v. 35).

Now Paul uses an Old Testament scripture to support what he is saying, that just seems totally out of character for what he is saying. We know Paul was a brilliant theologian and teacher, so we have to figure out what his purpose was in using Psalm 44:22 (quoted here), to make his point about God’s love in tough times.

The context of Psalm 44 is a plea for God to speedily come to Israel’s rescue in a time of great distress. David wrote this Psalm to say, all we’ve done is serve you and now the enemy is destroying us: “Arise for our help, and redeem us for Thy mercies’ sake” (Psalm 44:26). Its when we come to the point of crying out to God that these great promises of Romans 8 come to fruition.

As long as you rely on your faith, you’re on your own. When you rely on God and what His Son did on the cross, your answer is at the threshold.


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Tom Filbrun

One reason Paul’s reference to Ps 44 seems difficult to us, is because we live such a blessed life. Paul identifies “our present sufferings” as “persecution, famine, nakedness” and “the sword”. He calls these light afflictions compared to our future glorified lives. These were prevalent troubles that continue in other parts of the world today. We American Christians suffer small inconveniences at the worst. We are ridiculed in movies and on TV programs. Prayer and the Commandments are legislated out of our public spaces. Soon, as these last days continue, we too shall suffer real persecution. We shall “face death all day long.” Be ready; your lamp trimmed and full.

March 20th, 2013 at 11:12 am

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