“…In the volume of the book it is written of me,/8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart (Ps.40:7-8)”.
In physical universe for every right thinking person truth and lie makes its own case, each from the position one takes, must choose. Man who is a sentient being could stand on the readings that his physical being gives him and say for example,’Bahamas is a tropical paradise.’ He presents the rich and famous in their fantasy land when the good times rolled in. Now that Hurricane Dorian has passed over do we not see a change? Latest aerial photos of the island present as though a juggernaut had just ran across. It cannot be lie and truth. So what is a lie? What is seen is temporal, a make-believe world. When the serpent beguiled the woman in the Garden he showed how ‘the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise(Ge.3:6)’. It was so. But he conveniently gave a slight twist to the truth to her words,’God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.’ It was half truth. “ And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:/ For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil 3:7-8)”. The Spirit has given us this event to instruct following half truths is as good as denying truth. When God has set truth in our inwards who makes us forget it and make the world of senses instead our be-all? The same spirit that has worked through the serpent beguiles even now our world. Thus pursuit of happiness and good life in practice turns out to be a rat race and unrelieved misery for the most. The same spirit has beguiled the leaders of nations as well as churches.
What do we make of the key verse, in the volume of the book it is written of me’ is how the Spirit gives a concrete symbol of an abstract idea of predestination. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:/5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,..” the book of life indicates truth establishing the goings of every one adopted in Jesus Christ. In order to indicate the line connecting from divine Will to our physical births in time and place we are given a concrete image, “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth./16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them (Ps.139:15-16)”. My substance is representational symbol for every other who has had been foreknown. Thus eternity to eternity each of us has been established accordingly. In other words the risen Christ as Alpha and Omega is our truth, our way and our lives. Our name shall never perish because it is given by our Lord Savior and also shall we find a place name written on a white stone, that assures us we are part of His glorious Body. Name of the Father in our foreheads and the name found in the book of the Lamb is our blessedness and indicative of His grace towards us.
“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” This line applies to Jesus who was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and it applies to us who have also experienced the dismay of finding our trust in friends compromised.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
2 The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
4 I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
10 But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.