Answers to Psalm 137 verse 9


Answers to Psalm 137 verse 9
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Pastor Steven Birnie
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Psalms 137:9 
“How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock,”
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This particular verse is one which is thrown at Christians quite often and you can see why, considering the nature of the statement however, to say God condones or agrees within in his Word, would be inaccurate to say least. Context in this case is the key, at this point in history, the children of Israel were in a place of captivity and their captors had been severely wicked to them, their families and their nation. During these verses, the women were conveying a deep sense of sadness and hurt towards their situation and anger toward their captors and the feeling was basically, “I wish someone would punish them and avenge them for what they’ve done”. Again this was the feeling of the women making those statements at this particular point in time to which the Word was explaining, but to say that God agrees would be inaccurate, the Lord’s scriptures in this case merely convey the feelings of the Israelites at this point.
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.The general feeling when this question is put across is that if it’s in God’s Word then God agrees which is simply untrue, it would be like because there are passages in scripture where the devil is mentioned or King Solomon sinning against God, that God agrees and he just doesn’t in the slightest. God’s Word teaches and conveys messages from every angle to provide his children with instruction which include the feelings of those involved at that particular point in history. The above verse conveys just how deeply hurt, sad and alone these women felt at the hand of their captors by saying, how can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land along and the above verse conveys these feelings.
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.So, how to respond, well Paul said in the scriptures that to the strong he became strong, to the weak he became weak and to the Jew he became a Jew so that he might win some to Christ, so it depends entirely on who’s asking the question as to how we react. To the strong I’d respond in strength, challenging them with a question in return like, “do you understand the background and context of the verse you’ve spoken of?”…..to the weak, I’d come along side and gently engage the conversation and to the Jew, in this case the religious of the day, then I’d respond in their language scriptural, reproving and rebuking like Jesus and the Apostles did in their many encounters. However in the above responses, love would always be the overriding key challenging the individual as much as your experience and knowledge levels at your own point permit because like Paul said, we’d like to win a few.
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.One last thought as a response to this question (in your own words) is asking the individual how they would feel and how they would respond, if they and their family were taken captive, taken from their homes and seen their family and friends be beaten and abused by the captors. Being from the UK, USA etc and taken to Syria, North-Korea or Iran after them beating you, hurting your family members and destroying your city? Would your response be, to be happy about it or feel tremendous sadness and a longing for home? Well this is what those women felt at the time….Always a great response to this one if said the right way. I hope this has been a satisfactory answer to the question….
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God bless
Pastor Steven Birnie
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.