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Psalms 91:9-13 Dash Your Foot On a Stone

Posted by Ez1 Realty on November 22, 2016

Psalms 91:9-13 Dash Your Foot On a Stone

Psalms 91:9-13 NLTse If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, (10) no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. (11) For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. (12) They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. (13) You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

This is one of the most profound prophecies I’ve ever studied. Many people are familiar with the part about Jesus dashing His foot on a stone. How many people know about the next verse in this prophecy? “You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!” Obviously Satan didn’t know about it, otherwise he would have never quoted this particular prophecy that told about Jesus’ victory over Satan.

Luke 4:9-13 NLTse Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! (10) For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. (11) And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.'” (12) Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.'” (13) When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.

I hear a lot of speculation on the few prophecies about Jesus preached and written about these days. This is one of them. It’s nice to teach people about the easy information on the surface, but a dedicated teacher has a strong desire to dig deeper. A good aspect of a teacher is to display the ability to show and encourage students to investigate every situation and give them tools and encouragement they need to accomplish their goals. This is true in almost all fields of education and should be especially practiced in Bible Study. An educated engineer, doctor, chemist, investor, scientist, and almost anyone in any field is more valuable when trained to carefully investigate and collect information on every aspect of the subject they are dealing with. Since God is our Creator and the major function of Bible Study is to learn more about God’s personality to appreciate and understand His ways, wouldn’t it make sense that God would want you to use all the mental facilities and time He’s given you?

Once again we’ve given an easy prophecy to locate and study. Most people know the prophecy in Psalm 91, or at least a portion of it was quoted by Satan while attempting to tempt Jesus. The fact Satan quoted only a small portion of the prophecy illustrates the importance of looking at the entire prophecy before placing a personal interpretation upon it. Placing a personal interpretation on any prophecy is following Satan’s instruction, rule, and method of interpreting scripture. This is why verse 13 contains more than one symbol. When God’s Word is misused and abused, it’ll be more than Satan who will pay the price. Of course we don’t know this is referring to Satan until we look at one of the New Testament texts showing how this was fulfilled.

We can also search scripture to find a few texts explaining what the symbols in Psalm 91 represent. When we do, we have to remember how to keep the symbols within context.

1 Peter 5:8 NLTse Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Revelation 20:2 NLTse He seized the dragon–that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan–and bound him in chains for a thousand years.

Finding what symbols represent is found with a simple word study which is simply using the key word or symbol to look up scripture containing that word until you find a description. It’s a simple process that some times produces the correct result, but often misses the spiritual meaning of the lesson. If we only looked at the symbols, the spiritual meaning would be left to man’s imagination. Who knows where that would lead or how much will be missed when God’s Spirit is removed at the beginning of the study.

Some preachers and teachers us simple word studies to impress people – then use the meaning of the symbol to press home an unrelated point often related to doctrine or tradition. That method of study is not far from Satan’s method of interpretation. To see the full meaning, we have to look deeper, gather more information, and most of all, let God’s Spirit lead through His Word.

In this example we see more than the spiritual definition of a symbol which is revealed when comparing the two chapters. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. Not only is the symbol presented in the prophecy defined in the fulfillment, we also find out how the prophecy is fulfilled. That’s a mistake many modern prophets make. Like Satan, self proclaimed prophets look at only one verse but not the following. Neither do they compare introductions and summations to compare context where much of the lesson is contained. Another important rule is to always look at scripture quoted in the texts. Once we follow simple Bible Study rules, we’ll find out more about the lesson being taught. It’s all about gathering information.

Deuteronomy 6:16-18 NLTse (16) You must not test the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah. (17) You must diligently obey the commands of the LORD your God–all the laws and decrees he has given you. (18) Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so all will go well with you. Then you will enter and occupy the good land that the LORD swore to give your ancestors.

Now we know what Jesus meant when He said we’ve not supposed to tempt the LORD. But this is only the first step. We also have to check the introduction and summation to understand the context. This also shows how Jesus understood context.

Deuteronomy 6:1-3 NLTse (1) “These are the commands, decrees, and regulations that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you. You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, (2) and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life. (3) Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

Deuteronomy 6:22-25 NLTse (22) The LORD did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people. (23) He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors. (24) And the LORD our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day. (25) For we will be counted as righteous when we obey all the commands the LORD our God has given us.’

Comparing the evidence collected so far we see the spiritual connection between God’s law and deliverance from slavery. Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (Romans 6:16 NLTse). We also see how Jesus freed us from the slavery of sin by defeating Satan. This lesson is much deeper than what we’ll cover here, but other studies will reveal more details as we progress through the prophecies Jesus fulfilled. At this point it’s much more important to learn and practice technique and order. The next step is to compare introductions between the prophecy and fulfillment.

Psalms 91:1-8 NLTse Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (2) This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (3) For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. (4) He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. (5) Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. (6) Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. (7) Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. (8) Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

Luke 4:1-8 NLTse Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, (2) where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. (3) Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread.” (4) But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.'” (5) Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (6) “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. (7) I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” (8) Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.'”

Key words tell their own spiritual story by leading the mind to examine the effects of the lesson taught in the fulfillment of the prophecies. What do the key words, shelter, refuge, safety, and rescue in Psalm 91 have in common with bread and kingdoms in Luke 4? Before answering that question look at events following Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. What have you been taught about the wilderness Jesus wandered for forty days? Why forty days? Was Jesus preparing for battle against Satan or was there more? Most of the time I hear people describing a hilly desert type environment Jesus wandered for forty days doing little more than starving to death. I’ve often wondered if those people ever experienced a spiritual fast. When we look at Jesus’ ministry after He returned from the wilderness, we find Him teaching in synagogues, where He was rejected and in fields and along the lake shore where vast crowds gathered. Jesus taught in parables. Many of them were about sowing seed, vineyards, and trees. Which of those lead you to believe God’s Spirit led Jesus into a desert wasteland? When we look back before Jesus’ ministry, we see how John ate honey and locust in the wilderness. Common sense would tell us John and Jesus learned in the same if not similar environments. Common sense would also tells us God’s Spirit would teach Jesus how to use the symbols He used in parables by surrounding Him with those symbols found in nature, God’s classroom. And stones. Aren’t they found in fields and forests as well as deserts? Examining events and facts in the Bible reveals a whole new train of thought to reflect upon.

Jesus fasted for forty days by choice, not because of the lack of food many people preach. Jesus was preparing for His ministry as well as learning to overcome temptation. God revealed lessons in scripture to Jesus the same way He reveals lessons to us, through His creation. After experiencing the awe and wonders in God’s creation, it was easy to turn down material treasures, power, and glory Satan offered. God’s classroom taught Jesus lessons of not only prophetic significance but physical as He saw how wind wore down stone and water cut through it which impressed on Jesus’ mind how temporary man’s monuments are.

Stories in scripture also taught Jesus lessons He would need in His ministry. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. Jesus saw how Solomon’s stone temple was filled with idols, cleaned out and purified, refilled with idols then purified again when the next king came along. Jesus also saw how men placed more confidence in the gold of the temple than the God who once occupied it’s chambers. Kings stripped gold from the temple to pay off attacking armies or hire mercenaries to defend their kingdom. How futile and temporary are stone walls, iron weapons, and gold treasures. Jesus saw deep into the lessons as God’s Spirit filled the open mind of Jesus with visions of Satan working in the back ground. Satan never wanted to benefit a single person any longer than he had to. Once their purpose was served, Satan promised their riches to another. There was never a shortage of souls willing to sell out for a bit of silver and gold. Jesus found the gold that never fades. Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver. (Psalms 119:72 NLTse). In God’s Word Jesus found the protection He needed.

As Jesus walked along the gentle sloop He looked down at a single home in the valley below. Jesus looked at the farm around the small house thinking about the work the farmer and his family put into clearing land, tilling, seeding, weeding, and caring for the their crops. In such an isolated location farmers had time to reflect on God’s creation and His connection with the seed.

There are a lot of things we don’t consider and science has not been able to explain. One of those details is spring and summer thunder storms. It’s been estimated that something in rain helps crops grow quicker and larger. What makes a seed sprout? Does the seed only require moisture, or is there more?

The earth has a particular relationship with electricity. Much of it is not understood, it just works that way. Man has a lot of ways of producing electricity by burning coal, natural gas, nuclear, and using water and wind power. All of these have one thing in common. They all produce electricity by rotating copper wire windings in a series of magnetic fields. After its use is finished, every free electron returns to ground, the earth. No one knows why. That’s just the way it works.

There is another way to produce electricity. God does it in the heavens. No one is sure how He does it. They think it’s a simple form of static electricity. The kind you see in winter, when it is very dry and you drag your feet along a carpet and touch someone or take off a sweater. It has to be very dry to produce static electricity. No one’s sure how God produces it in a rain storm, but He does. Electricity is nothing more than atoms exchanging an electron. Something so tiny, it’s never been seen. Billions of dollars a year are spent studying electrons. Some people claim to have a microscope able to view electrons, but has anyone seen a picture of one? There are artists renditions of what they think they look like, but I’ve never seen proof of actually seeing an electron. Somewhere under ground in a desert scientists spent billions of tax dollars on some kind of special machine that’s supposed to isolate two atoms or electrons, drive them along a sort of magnetic super highway for miles and smash the two together. There are dozens of sensitive measuring instruments at the point of impact along with electronic microscopes and cameras. Once again, the only evidence scientists can provide after years of research is an artist’s rendering of what they think happened. I wonder how those scientists think they can isolate two atoms in a machine made up of billions atoms. Can they convince you they can produce an environment where only two atoms exist and they have the power to control those atoms? To accomplish this, they would have to create a perfect vacuum in a perfectly clean atmosphere with no dust or other matter. Can they guarantee not a single atom or electron will break off from the walls, magnets, or other materials in that mystic tunnel? Scientists do not have the ability to create such a perfect environment. Their atmosphere is polluted as they stores they feed the world in the attempt to bring glory to themselves.

During a thunderstorm God gathers billions of electrons. At His command they jump from Heaven to earth in a flash. For generations man has tried to harness the power God created in an instant, but have only been able to show success in science fiction stories and movies. Something in that electrical current effects plants in a positive way. Something in the electric discharge to earth is gathered by plants. Something happens in that electrical charge to awaken the seed, awakening it to the beginning a transformation. In God’s creation plants have been able to accomplish what man has tried to harness. Man has missed the point. A child is able to see how the power captured by plants is passed onto men – by eating the plants.

There is a lot about nature that is still hidden from the minds of men. There is also a lot God’s Spirit is willing to reveal in nature. As Jesus looked across the valley, He saw a large house built on the side of a mountain sitting like a palace. Clouds gathered and rain came down. Jesus looked at the farm below as water gathered in small low lying areas and gently flowed through the valley away from the house and fields. The farmer chose the location well. Sloped so excess water will drain, but flat enough to allow water to soak deep into the ground. Jesus imagined the house on the distant mountain. Was it strong enough to withstand the power of fast currents on the steep slope and high winds?

After the rain Jesus came to a large, smooth granite rock half covered in moss. The deep red and gray colors made Jesus think about the red and purple chosen by royalty to represent their status. The golden flakes within the rock reflecting the sun reminded Jesus of the gold kings built up in their palaces and the temple they called God’s house. Jesus thought of the many times they removed gold from the temple’s treasury whenever danger appeared at their gates. Jesus wandered how they forgot about the God they build the temple to glorify. How could those kings trust in riches and forget the God who made them?

As Jesus thought on all those stories about Israel’s and Judah’s kings, a tiny mouse appeared between His feet. The mouse popped out from its house he built under the rock. Jesus laughed as He compared the wisdom of the mouse to that of some of Israel’s kings. The tiny mouse built it’s home under a rock. The entrance of its home was at the base of the rock downhill so water would not gather in its underground home. After a quick look around the mouse darted under a layer of leaves gathered on the ground.

Jesus prepared for more than His battle with Satan. Although many people focus on Jesus’ short encounter with the one who claims to be prince of this world, they often miss some of the main themes Jesus taught in the encounter. They often miss some of the most important lessons Jesus learned in the wilderness. People have often referred to God’s Word as a sword. For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12 NLTse). This is another example showing how people take one verse, elaborate on what they think it means and turn it into a cliche, robbing it of its life giving power. Like Satan they refuse to look at the rest of the scripture.

Hebrews 4:13-16 NLTse Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (14) So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. (15) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. (16) So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

You can see the links to Jesus’ experience in the wilderness when creation was opened up to Him. Hebrews 4 takes us back to Jesus’ temptation when it tells us, “He faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” It also provided a promise, “we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Time to find out what that sword can really do. No speculation, just both sides of God’s Word.

To gather some of the most important facts and see how God’s Word cuts in more than one direction, we have to look at the first answer Jesus gave to Satan. Jesus’ answer sends us back to Deuteronomy 8:3 NLTse Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

(A portion of the study, “Deuteronomy 8:3 Not By Bread Alone,” found in the first book in this series is used here.)

All Satan asked Jesus to do was prove He was the Son of God. Why did he ask a question he already knew the answer to? Satan was out to do more than tempt Him. Satan wanted to hurt Jesus in the worst possible way. Satan knew what relationships meant to Christ. Satan knew Jesus lived on love and depended on close relationships. By pretending he didn’t know Jesus was God’s Son, Satan was telling Jesus he did not remember their relationship in Heaven. It is the same as a father finding a long lost son, and the son pretending he didn’t know who the father was. Imagine the heartbreak of a father spending his time and fortune, giving up everything to find his son. Then when they finally crossed paths, the son pretends he does not know the father.

Jesus pointed to more than the simple answer, “He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Jesus directed Satan to the entire scripture when He said, “every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The beginning of the lesson begins with, “remember.” Jesus wanted Satan to remember his days standing in God’s court. Jesus wanted Satan to remember it is up to him to prove his character. Everyone will be judged as an individual. Satan knew that. Jesus also reminded Satan that God disciplines everyone based on their individual actions. God does not discipline as a dictator, but as a loving father, calling His sons and daughters back. Jesus wanted Satan to remember who His creator is.

The study in, “Deuteronomy 8:3 Not By Bread Alone,” shows how Jesus answered all of Satan’s temptations in a single chapter before Satan was able to introduce them. No one else could have done that. This is one example showing how God’s Word cuts like a double edged sword. I know there are a lot of speculations on how God’s Word cuts like a sword, but this in one Biblical example showing God’s power in His Word. A prophecy written generations before their meeting in the wilderness, all of Satan’s accusations and temptations were answered in a single chapter. This was the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. There was more than answers to Satan’s questions in Deuteronomy 8. The words Jesus found and used to defend Himself and His Father gave Jesus a sense of inner strength, a power Jesus couldn’t help but share. Jesus returned to society and immediately began His public ministry. A ministry we can study in prophecy and fulfillment. A power we need to search out and learn how to use with the cooperation of God’s Spirit.

Psalms 91:14-16 NLTse The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. (15) When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. (16) I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

Luke 4:40-44 NLTse As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. (41) Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak. (42) Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them. (43) But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” (44) So he continued to travel around, preaching in synagogues throughout Judea.

David repeated the related words rescue and protect to draw attention to aspects of the fulfillment. Luke repeated sick, diseases, and demons to show another association which draws us back to the previous story. Jesus had to defeat the self proclaimed king of this world to show Satan’s agents the battle was lost and they had no power to stand before Him. When their leader was defeated, Jesus gained victory over all Satan’s demons. At the very beginning of His public ministry, Jesus exhibited His authority over Satan and the demons who served him. Jesus healed diseases and cast out demons. Notice the association?

Satan can’t create, but he has powers to manipulate. No one knows how or what he can manipulate, but Satan is the cause of everything evil in the universe. Today we know diseases are caused by viruses too small for us to see, but we know they exist. We also know viruses somehow mutate in order to stay ahead of the battle immune systems wage on them. The question is, how do virus cells hundreds or thousands of miles away from one another know how to mutate in order to stay ahead of adapting immune systems? What form of communication do they use? When they faced Jesus, not one virus or disease could stand against Him. Satan’s power was broken.

Jesus had to first heal people before they could be effective workers for Him. Jesus healed their ears so they could hear Him speak. Jesus restored sight so they could see who they were speaking to. Jesus healed their legs so they could carry His message far and wide. Jesus cast out demons and set people free from the effects of sin. Notice the connection between healing and preaching the Good News. There is a connection between healing and knowing God’s Word you can study on your own.

In this study we’ve seen Satan is not the expert in scripture some people claim he is. Without God’s Spirit, Satan is helpless against God’s Word. But the Word has to used in the right way at the proper time. When it is, it’s power is beyond imagination. Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness shows the commitment it takes to get in touch with God’s Spirit on such a deep level we’re able to experience His Word in ways few people dream about. It also shows the power God’s Word has over Satan, his temptations, sickness, disease, and demons serving him.

Many people study God’s Word on a shallow depth. Some only use His Word to research beliefs they think are important. Few seek God’s personality and the stories He wants to reveal through His Word. The lessons and power is there, beyond imagination. They’re there for anyone and everyone to read, discover, and share. No one knows the power of God’s Word any more than they can explain how God uses electrons to create electrical power beyond imagination and man’s control or the relationship between those electrical currents and the earth. What would happen if God filled the world with all His power and glory at once? Would He overload us? Would we be ready for it? We have to learn in steps. That’s human nature. We have to understand one lesson before we’re ready for the next. What a mistake it is to think everything is already known and revealed. How can anyone think an infinite God has revealed everything over the few thousand years this world has been in existence? How many people know how much and why angles in Heaven love God. There are more than enough unanswered questions in nature in this world to prove, we know so little about God and why He loves us. Why did He choose to spend so much time and effort on this planet?



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