Refute every Tongue

In the world of chaos, confusion, and complexity even children of God could do blunders or foolish things. Sometimes unknowingly and even deliberately. Isaiah writes: “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgement. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17) God could refute or defend even when people accuse justly and rightly. Interestingly the accuser was correct, but God did not accept their accusation and the children of God would be able to refute it. God rebukes them stating: ‘Touch not my anointed.’ (Psalms 105:15)

1) Half-truth of Abraham: Abraham was in the territory of Gerar. Sarah was introduced as the sister of Abraham as he feared for his life. Abimelech king of Gerar took Sarah, and God rebuked Abimelech. He said that Abraham himself told that Sarah was his sister. God Commanded Abimelech to return Sarah to Abraham. Later Abraham justified his statement: “Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife.” (Genesis 20:12)

2) Deceptive escape of Jacob: After twenty years, feeling homesick, oppressed by Laban and God’s guidance decides to go back home. Laban as father-in-law had the right to be informed of Jacob’s departure with Laban’s two daughters and grandchildren. Laban claimed that he had power to punish and harm Jacob but could not. “It is in my power to do you harm. But the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ (Genesis 31:29)

3) Disciples on Sabbath: As they passed through grain fields, disciples plucked the grains and ate as they were hungry. They were accused of violating the Law. Lord Jesus defended them and gave the example of David eating showbread which was not lawful for a non-Levite to eat. (Matthew 12: 1-8)

The Lord defends and justifies his children when they are oppressed and attacked.

Do I experience His protection?