TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST, 2019
ENEMY IN THE SANCTUARY
TEXT: PSALM 74:1-23
KEY VERSE: “Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary” (PSALM 74:3).
It is not uncommon these days to read stories of maids and househelps who brutalise children under their care. Their masters brought them into the households to take care of children not knowing that they are actually exploiters of children. Immediately such cases are discovered, such housemaids are ejected from the family. No one would want to have his house occupied by an enemy or have them be in charge of his family.
Unfortunately, this is the tone of Psalm 74. It depicts a dire situation whereby the enemy has taken over the sanctuary and the people of God have become helpless. They complain of the outrage and cruelty of their enemies, not so much against themselves but to God’s house. There are no complaints of the burning of their cities and ravaging of their country but what they had done against the sanctuary and the synagogue. We see here what seems more like the cry of a child, wondering why, and grieving that his father’s face is so turned away from him in displeasure.
The passage had been applied to the defilement of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes, but prophetically, it refers to the end-time. It is a picture of the ungodliness and worldliness that have taken over the Church. The enemy is on the altar and the name of God is blasphemed and mocked recklessly.
The people of God must not delight in the holiness-bashing that is taking place in the sanctuary today. It is time to cry, “Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily”. When we call on God, He arises and fights against our common enemies in the Sanctuary because the gate of hell shall never prevail against His church.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Erroneous doctrine is the breeding ground for the devil.
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