Enemies

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching (2 Timothy 4).

This is likely the same Alexander in Ephesus (where Timothy was) whom, along with Hymenaeus, Paul had “handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme” (1 Tim 1:20). He, being a Jew who at one point was going to defend Paul (Acts 18:33), now it would seem “vigorously opposed” Him and the gospel.

Alas, there will always be folks to “be on guard against” as we try to promote and proclaim the gospel. Our job is to trust that indeed “the Lord will repay [them] according to [their] deeds” and therefore to leave judgement to Him. Is it not amazing that such people who oppose the truth of the gospel actually believe they are in the right? We should pity them.

Lord, help us This Day to guard against those who oppose us and the gospel we proclaim, to trust You in handling them, and to have pity on them for their folly. Amen.