God is Our Hedge of Protection
First, what is a Hedge?
I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls (your hedges) are continually before Me (Isaiah 49:15-16).
Hedge of Protection. [hejv pr·TEK·SHn, noun] A metaphor representing God’s defense against evil. Sometimes called a hedge of thorns.
In King James English a hedge refers to any wall, whether of bushes or of stones. Zechariah 2:5 that hedge is fire.
In God’s good providence, He places hedges around the righteous for protection and blessing. These hedges are like a spiritual fence, wall, or partition. In similar language, the Bible also refers to God’s protection and blessing of the righteous as a shield, a rock, a fortress, and even the hand of God (Psalms 5:11-12).
God is our hedge of protection keeps the enemy out. We do not fight flesh and blood but a spiritual force Satan’s Kingdom.
1 Peter 5:8 “8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Our war on earth is invisible and is not flesh but spiritual fight in the world we cannot see. Ephesians 6:11-12. When someone accuses you, your flesh wants to accuse back but it is not them but the enemy of accusation accusing you through another person. We should stand and not give into it. If we can see this principle, the faster we are able to resist and stay out of sin.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:13-17 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, a
Who is our Hedge of Protection? God is Our Hedge of Protection
According to Job 1:10 it says Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
God is our hedge of protection around us. God the Father is the vinedresser and Christ is the hedge that protects us.
What is the hedge of protection protecting us from?
“stand against the wiles of the devil”
Satan wants us to sin. Satan attacks through accusations, fear, temptations into sin, false doctrines, sickness and disease, occultism, etc.
1. Satan has various “wiles” (lit., cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery), but Christians need not be ignorant of his “devices” 2Co 2:11
2. Blinding people via false doctrine – 2 Co 4:3-4; 1Ti 4:1-3
3. Enticing people to indulge in illicit desires of the flesh and mind – Ep. 2:1-3
4. Bringing persecution upon those who try to do right – 1 Peter 5:8-9
Is Only Satan we Wrestle with or Are Their Other Demonic forces we Wrestle With?
We wrestle against spiritual hosts of wicknedness. Not only Satan, but we battle against:
Principalities and powers
Rulers of the darkness of this age
Spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places
Jesus, after being in the wilderness for 40 days, fasting, was shown by Satan the invisible Kingdoms we cannot see. Things of the air, sea, earth, etc. The Beast will come out of the sea, Strange demonic powers unchanged from the earth.
2. there are demonic forces at play
While I do not believe demonic “possession” exists today as it did in the days of Christ…
…there are certainly demonic “influences”, such as “doctrines of demons” – 1Ti 4:1-3
We are told to put on the armor of God to cover our whole being from the wiles of the devil. God is our hedge of protection daily when we are in obedience.
Truth, which serves like a belt. Truth frees us or keeps us from sin. How do we get truth? By studying God’s word.