Cush Who?


     In Second Peter 2, the inspired penman seeks to drive home the point that “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment (v. 9).  To prove this eternal truth, Peter uses the following examples of history—the angels that sinned (v. 4), the deliverance of eight persons from the destruction of the wicked in the flood (v. 5), the rescue of righteous Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (vv. 6-8).  Another example from history that Peter could have included would be David’s deliverance from Cush the Benjamite.  He persecuted David by slanderously accusing him of the iniquity of repaying evil for good (Psalm 7:3-4).

 Should the careful Bible student desire to learn more about this “Cush the Benjamite” that is mentioned in the superscription of Psalm 7, he will find nothing in the pages of Scripture besides this mention.  Therefore, though rather short and terse, the Bible’s answer to the question of “Cush Who?” is quite sobering and powerful.

     He is the Benjamite Cush who…called evil good and good evil when he falsely accused a righteous man of iniquity and thus he placed himself under God’s anathema (Isaiah 5:20).

     He is the Benjamite Cush who…experienced God’s righteous judgment and was so thoroughly dealt with that he (like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah) has only left his infamous name in the pages of history.

     He is the Benjamite Cush who…proves that Jehovah hears and answers the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (James 5:16).

     He is the Benjamite Cush who…is an immovable historical memorial to why Romans 12:19’s command is to be carefully obeyed when you or I am persecuted today.  “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). 


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