If you think hatred toward God’s Word is on the rise, you may be right.
But “let not your heart be troubled”. The number of those who love God’s Word is also on the rise.
The hatred of God’s Word is nothing new. There have been some peaks of such hatred in history. God’s Word is not afraid to document such peaks.
Here’s a few passages (all NIV).
1- 2 Chronicles 36:16 “But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets …”
[An actual occurrence, which may have partly figured into Jesus’ parable of the vineyard, recorded in the first three gospels. Matthew’s version is pasted after this article.]
2- Jeremiah 36:23-24 “Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.
24The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.”
[The king and his staff had no remorse over destroying the scroll of Jeremiah’s prophesy. FYI – verses 27-32 tell how the LORD had the scroll re-written.]
3- Daniel 11:30 “…he [the king of the north] will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.
31“His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”
[In his COMPANION BIBLE (page 1203), Bullinger says ‘the holy covenant’ was “made with the Jews at the beginning of the last seven years, already mentioned in 9:27.”]
Note that these examples are not referring to disputes between different interpretations of God’s Word, but rather an entire rejection of God’s Word.
Again, though, “let not your heart be troubled.” Any trend today, whether good or bad, is not a ‘first’ in history.
Stay resilient in your love for, and study of, God’s Word. God will take care of the heavy lifting.
Matthew 21:33-41 (NIV)
33“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.
34When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
36Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
37Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’
39So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
41“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
This example has a bit different slant.
The stretch of about 400 years from Malachi to John the Baptist had plenty of religion, but no truth of God’s Word.
For God’s people, it was more of an ignorance of God’s Word than a hatred of it. They had the scrolls, but the religous leaders had become so misguided that they were using the scrolls to enslave God’s people, not free them.
BUT, to the devil, who DOES hate God’s Word, this stretch of time was perhaps the happiest years of his life. He thought he had wiped God’s Word from human awareness.
Which meant he pretty much had free reign over the planet and over mankind.
Things started going sour for him when Jesus Christ was born, and he was unable to murder the child.
———–(link to the Companion Bible)———————–
To see Bullinger’s note referenced in this article, click on the book of Daniel, which will take you to page 1178. Unfortunately, you’ll then have to navigate one page at a time to page 1203. The note is near the bottom.