For all of my Christian life, I have heard people praying for a HEDGE OF PROTECTION. The only Bible verse I remembered, (that spoke of hedges), was, from the New Testament:
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Now that usage, did not convey any sense of protection, but honestly, at the time, I just wasn’t interested.
Today, Republican House members, were ambushed while at practice, for a charity baseball game.
They were not where they usually would be.
No, they where together, (on their own time), getting ready for a charity event.
A man walked up, asked a man, if these where Republicans? He said thanks, for the affirmative answer. Went in and started shooting. (Several wounded, one critically).
If not for armed Police, (heroes, with guns), it would have been a massacre.
Out in California, a man dressed as a UPS, worker, killed 3, and then himself. (No heroes with guns). A massacre.
Do we know why this is happening?
Yes, Will we as a society accept the reason? NO!
It is sadly simple. Evil, is the Ruler of this world.
The Godless, believe it is we, who believe, (in the Lord), that are the fools. We are not. So, how do live in this world?
What can we, as believers, do? How do we protect ourselves and our loved ones?
This is what lead me to this study.
I found the verse I was looking for in Job 1.
The Devil had gone up to heaven, and joined with the Sons of God, (good angels), to talk to the Lord.
The Lord asked?
“Whence comest thou?”
The Devil answered:
“From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
And the Lord said unto Satan:
“Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
The Devils response: Job 1:10
“Doth Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
God had made a HEDGE OF PROTECTION ABOUT JOB. He had caused the work of his hands to prosper. He was the richest man in the kingdom.
Okay, Job was an exception, because:
“There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
We have heard what happened to Job, and we could preach many Sermons on him. From, the thing he feared, to his comforters.
It’s all there in the book of Job. But my question was. Has God protected any others?
As I thought, I was reminded of Noah, God instructed him to build an Ark. His obedience led to the saving of him and his family.
The Hebrews, in the midst of their captivity, were set free, and protected by the blood of the Lamb.
Both Daniel and Paul, a slave and a prisoner, both prospered in their darkest times.
How, you ask? We will explore more tomorrow.
Thanks for reading, Please let me know what you think.