222 – EVERYTHING UNDER THE FEET
Jehovah made an invitation to Adonai: “Jehovah said to Adonai: ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstoll for Thy feet’” (Ps. 110:1). The translators rendered, “The Lord said to My Lord,” but the word Jehovah cannot be translated “lord.” Adonai, in the Hebrew, is Lord. Jesus explains to the disciples the text of Psalm 110:1 in the following way: The Pharisees were gathered. Jesus arrived and asked them: “‘What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?’ They said to Him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘Then how does David in the Spirit call him “Lord,” saying, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I put Thine enemies beneath Thy feet?”’” (Matt. 22:42-44). This text proves that Jehovah is not Jesus. If Jehovah were Jesus, he would be saying to himself, “Jehovah said to Jehovah, ‘Sit at My right hand,’” which is absurd.
But Jehovah told Jesus that he would put Jesus’ enemies under the feet of Jesus, and in this case, Jesus would not be the author and perfecter of the faith (Heb. 12:2). The enemies of Jehovah were men.“Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, ‘Rise up, O Lord! And let Thine enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Thee flee before Thee.” (Num. 10:35). “Thus let all Thine enemies perish, O Lord” (Judges 5:31; Ps. 92:9). In Ps. 2 we read, The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together against he Lord and against His Anointed: Let us tear their fetters apart, and cast away their cords from us!” (Ps. 2:2-3). In the same Psalm Jehovah promises to beget his son, that is, the Messiah, who is the anointed of Jehovah to rule over the enemy nations with a rod of iron. Let us read the text: “He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his anger, and terrify them in his wrath: Yet I have set my King on my holy hill of Zion. “I will tell of the decree. Yahweh said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your father.’ Ask of me, and I will give the nations for your inheritance, the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel’” (Ps. 2:4-9).
The text is clear. Jehovah sets himself against the nations that gather against him, and in his wrath and fury he is going to cause the Messiah to arise, in order to rule over the enemies with a rod of iron. This is what Psalm 110:1 says.
If Jehovah is or is not the Father of Jesus, it does not concern us here. The truth is that Jesus did not accept to rule over this world, when he said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Jesus did not accept the offer of Jehovah prophesied in Ps. 110:1, and fulfilled when Satan offered to him the kingdoms of this world (Luke 4:5-8). It should be Jehovah to offer, not Satan. If Jesus accepted to sit at the right hand of Jehovah, he would not be the author and perfecter of faith, for Jehovah would be the one to submit the enemies under the feet of Jesus. Since Jesus is the author and perfecter of the faith, as we read in Hebrews 12:2, the very Jesus will submit the enemies under his feet. Speaking of Jesus, Paul wrote, “For He must reign until He has put His enemies under His feet” (1 Cor. 15:25).Which enemies? The enemies of Jehovah and of his anointed were the kings and princes of the nations that gathered against Jehovah (Ps. 2:1-9). Which are the enemies of Jesus? They are not the sinful men, for Jesus died in order to save them (1 Tim. 1:15). The enemies of Jesus are found in the spiritual sphere. Paul wrote: “The last enemy that will be abolished is death” (1 Cor. 15:26). Sin was an enemy of Jesus, and so strong an enemy, that Jesus was tempted many times (Luke 22:28). And Jesus prayed to the one who could deliver him from death, with great crying and tears (Heb. 5:7). Such as we, he was tempted in everything, but without sin (Heb. 4:15).
The second enemy that Jesus destroyed was sin. “But now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26). The law of Jehovah does not deliver from sin, because it is the power of sin (1 Cor. 15:56). For this reason Paul registered the following: “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom 8:3). Only Jesus Christ delivers man from sin (Rom. 6:18). And John declares that the one who is not free from sin has not seen nor known Christ (1 John 3:5-6).
In order to destroy death, sin has to be destroyed first, for the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23; Heb. 9:26).
The other enemy of Jesus is the darkness, and so he said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). In the Old Testament there was no spiritual light, for we read concerning Israel, “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light” (Matt. 4:16). The theologians say that Jehovah is Jesus. If it were so, when Jesus dictated the law at Sinai there would not be heavy darkness (Deut. 4:11-12). It is impossible for light to hide in the darkness (Ps. 18:11). The truth is that Jehovah spoke from the middle of the darkness and hid himself in the darkness, and darkness is the evil (John 3:19-21). To make matters worse, darkness is part of the kingdom of Satan, for the mission of Paul was, “To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18). If Jehovah hid in darkness, he hid in the kingdom of Satan, and with this he reveals that he is not light.
The archenemy of Jesus is Satan. In the parable of the wheat and the tares, we read that the kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed the good seed in his field; but when men were asleep, the enemy came and sowed tares with the wheat, and went away (Matt. 13:24-25). When he explained the parable, Jesus said, “The field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil” (Matt. 13:38-39). This enemy Jesus left for the Church to overcome and tread upon, for Paul revealed us the following, “And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Rom. 16:20), and so Gen. 3:15 is fulfilled, which says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Gen. 3:15). The seed of the woman are the righteous Christians, begotten in the Church by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:10-11). John urges us to overcome Satan: “I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, for you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:13-14). If we do not preach the Gospel, Jesus will not preach in our place (Matt. 16:15-16). If we do not crush the head of Satan, Jesus will not do what is our mission to do. He has already done all the rest.
by PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA