April 15                                                Day 105

 

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” – Ezekiel 22:30

 


Hedge of Thorns – “Have You Considered My Servant Job?”

 

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One of the more fascinating dialogues in the Bible is found in the book of Job, where God asks Satan the question, “Hast thou considered my servant Job?” (Job 1:8).

The word “Considered” in this verse is a military term in the Hebrew. God is asking have you “Considered” (looked for a way to attack him) as a military commander would look for the weak-nesses in an encampment. Satan’s answer (Job 1:10) is also an interesting question, “Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?” Satan was complaining that God had put up a “Hedge” around Job to protect him. Can you hear God asking, “Have you considered my servant (your name here)?”

Another interesting place in the Bible where we see this same word “Hedge” used is in Hosea 2:6, where God instructs the prophet Hosea to pray a “Hedge” around his runaway wife (Gomer).

“Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.”

The result of Hosea’s prayer for a hedge around his wife was that all of Gomer’s lovers had lost their desire for her. God had dried up her vineyards, dried up her finances, and every direction that she turned, was walled up around her. Later in this story, we see his wife Gomer being auctioned off as a slave, naked and broken. What happens next is an amazing. God tells Hosea to go purchase her. Here we see an insightful illustration of God’s love played out by Hosea in which he not only married her, but bought her with a price. Does that story sound familiar? Did not Christ say we are His bride and that we are bought with a price?

The word “Hedge” occurs nine times in the Scriptures. The description of the “Hedge” here is an impenetrable thorny hedge that is thick and tall with rounded sharp edges that are impossible to go through. This “Hedge,” is sometimes used in Scripture to describe a barrier or boundary, sometimes of live plants such as thorny bush as written in (Micah 7:4; Hosea 2:6), and used to protect vineyards in (Mark 12:1 Matt 21:33), and to mark off roads and fields in (Luke 14:23). But the “Hedge” used in this verse is an impenetrable thorny hedge.

Another interesting verse where the word “Hedge” is used is in Ecclesiastics 10:8, “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” In those days it was common for a hedge/stone wall to have serpents living in the crevices as a deterrent for people wanting to penetrate their wall of defense.

As the days get more and more uncertain, and we hear of wars and rumors of wars every day in the headlines we need to pray for salvation and a thorn of hedges around those we love. The world seeks to entice them with the pleasures of the flesh. This story gives us insight into how Satan attacks God’s people. He looks for our weaknesses the same way a military commander would look to defeat an enemy. Let this be a wakeup call to pray for our family and friends that have no one praying for a “hedge” around them.

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Words to Think About…

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“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, Prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” – Samuel Chadwick (1786-1757) Wesleyan Methodist minister.

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God does not give me all I ask,

Nor answer as I pray;

But, O. my cup is brimming o’er

With blessings day by day.

How oft the joy I thought withheld

Delight my longing eyes,

And so I thank Him from my heart

For what His love denies.

 

Sometimes I miss a treasured link

In friendship’s hallowed chain,

And yet His smile is my reward

For every throb of pain.

I look beyond, where purer joys

Delight my longing eye;

And so I thank Him from my heart

For what His love denies.

 

How tenderly He leadeth me

When earthly hopes dim;

And when I falter by the way,

He bids me lean on Him.

He lifts my soul and above the clouds

Where friendship never dies;

And so I thank Him from my heart

For what His love denies.

– Recently discovered unpublished poem by Donald Hustad. ( 1918-2013) Composer, musician and teacher.