1. “What You Planned For Evil...”
Genesis 50:20 (The Message) Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people.
The words of a young man spoken to his brothers some 15 years after they came up with a plan to kill him because they were jealous of their father’s love for him and God’s hand on his life. He overcame their attack and went on to become the second most powerful man on the planet. These words came from his mouth during their reunion. Instead of him being angry, broken, bitter, or vindictive, he recognized the thing planned for his destruction created the perfect environment for his success and God’s fame to spread!
Weapons created for specific enemies/situations:
• caltrop –– early 300 BC, jagged iron spurs designed to serve to slow down the advance of horses, war elephants, and human troops, particularly effective against the soft feet of camels.
• battering ram – 300AD – supported by rollers, able achieve a greater speed before striking its target, used against city gates. Such a ram was a favorite of Alexander the Great as he conquered cities.
• trebuchet – 1400’s - Charles VII of France commissioned a trebuchet that throw a 1800 lb stone 1000 ft. In 1422 Prince Korybut, in the siege of Karlštejn Castle, shot manure and corpses over the enemy walls in order to spread infection among the defenders.
• Indian katar – 17th century push dagger originated in Tamil Nadu India, Katar a weapon of push knife’s type. At first glance has a single blade. however when a trigger on the handle was activated, the blade would split into three.
• roman cross – most painful death, usually taking several days, leading to dehydration and suffocation, but even more effective in terracing the masses.
If attacked by any of these, we quickly recognize the enemy and his weapon.
We struggle to recognize circumstances and life situations that are weapons:
• rejection of a parent
• financial disaster
• sins against you
• your own personal sin
Three Attack Outcomes:
1. fragile: broken & ineffective
2. durable: surviving, but impacted
3. anti-fragile: stronger, more effective
Isaiah 54:17 (ESV) No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”
1. weapons have been and will be formed against you
• world we live in is infected
• impacts environment, people, situations, bodies
• Matthew 5:45 (the) sun rise on the evil and on the good, (it) rain on the just and on the unjust.
• John 16:33 In the world you will have tribulation.
• what weapon was formed against you?
2. settle the servant question
• Adam & Eve served God in the garden
• Satan came to tempt... pointed out the good, or value, of disobeying God
• Satan became ruler, our ruler by default
• John 12:31 (ESV) the ruler of this world...
• 2 Corinthians 4:4 ...the god of this world
• John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
• who’m you serve will have a radical impact on the outcome of attack
• fragile, durable – based on your own limited strength
• antifragile - heritage: nachalah - possession, property, inheritance
3. he vindicates, you refute & succeed
• vindicates – the rightful winner
• refute – argument right against wrong – you are contenting with the weapon
• succeed - tsalach – rush forth or break forth
Matthew 28:5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.