By David J. Stewart
“They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.” -Psalm 109:3
Photo to Right: Daniel, who was conspired against by evil men and cast into the lion’s den. Daniel was hated without a cause.
Jesus quoted Psalm 109:3 in John 15:25 concerning Himself… “But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” Jesus was hated without a cause. Very few people are honest enough to admit that they simply hate someone. Most people who are hateful look for a reason, any reason, to justify their hatred. In Matthew 12:10 we read, “And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.” The Pharisees were a hypocritical bunch I’ll tell you. In Matthew 12:10 they were trying to find a reason to accuse Jesus. They hated Jesus’ goodness, and therefore wanted to find fault in Him. The world is filled with such people today, who seek to justify their hatred of the righteous. We work beside them in the workplace. We meet them in public. We even find them in our churches. They hate without a cause!
The Pharisees and the lawyers of Jesus’ time were no different than the same cut-throat type of people today. In Luke 7:33-34 Jesus said, “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” No matter what we do as Christians, some people will hate us without cause, and will search diligently to find excuses to justify their hatred.