They Intended Evil

Jesus from the Deesis MosaicFor they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. (Psalms 21:11 KJV) — Speaks of Jesus’ victory over the grave….

Speaks of the intent of the enemies of Jesus to destroy him, a task they were not able to fulfill. Although he gave his life as an offering for the sins of the world, Jesus had spoken concerning his resurrection. He spoke according to God’s promise to redeem him from the grave according to the prophecy, “Which they are not able to perform.” They hung him on the cross believing they had won the day, but at his resurrection he fulfill God’s word. “Which they are not able to perform.

Because it was written that the enemies of God would fail in their attempts to destroy the Messiah, and Jesus knowing this concerning himself, he was able to perform every word as it was written. Nothing he did was outside the spoken word, it was written of him to prosper against his enemies paving the way for his success. Jesus knowing the written word spoke the written word, lived the written word, and demonstrated God’s faithfulness.

Knowing this about Jesus we should now live the word of God as it is written about us. it is written of us that God sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to take away the curse of death. “His name shall be called Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins.” We through Jesus have become the sons of God, the people he came to save.

“Therefore, shall thou make them turn their back, when thou shall make ready your arrows upon thy strings against the face of them. (Psalms 21:12 KJV)– Speaks of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead…

According to the above verse, God would terrify his enemies with his truth and faithfulness through Jesus.  After the resurrection of Jesus, those who had sentenced him to death hoping in his destruction were terrified on account of the message of his resurrection. It was clear to them that God had indeed sent Jesus to be the savior and his prince, and knowing this and what they had done, they were afraid of the outcome. Now the trap they had set for Jesus they themselves would fall in, and without Jesus they had no way out.

Before he was crucified they knew he was the Messiah sent from God to perform his works, but even though they knew this they were bent on destroying Jesus. They saw his power through the miracles he performed, they saw  the glory of God which he demonstrated before them all, but bent on destroying Jesus they overlook his works, proofs of his divine nature as God’s Messiah hoping to destroy him.

“And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.” (Luke 6:7 KJV) Rather than giving glory to God for what he has done they look for ways to destroy the Messiah he sent to redeem the world.

Jesus after he had accomplish his mission in teaching the word of God, fulfill the next stage of his mission, he offered himself as a living sacrifice to lay the final blow to the works and power of the enemy. Jesus often tell his followers not to disclose who he was, “Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.” (Matthew 16:20 KJV). He was on a mission to died for the sins of the world as it was written, he came to save his people from their sins through his death and resurrection, and if this was to fall on the ears of his enemies they might have reverted from killing him in the manner he was put to death.



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2 replies

  1. Interesting thought, but “the thief only comes to steal, and kill, and destroy” (John 10:10a). Could evil have actually acted with anything other than destruction in its heart? Still, an intriguing explanation for the “Messianic Secret”, as it is called.

    • It woukld be evil because it would be against the will of God. When Jesus prayed asking if the cup could be taken away he was faced with his greatest temptation, but knowing the word he went to the cross. Satan tried to prevent him when he temped Jesus. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8-9 KJV) But Jesus rebuked him on his way to the cross, no short cut he was going for the ultimate prize.

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