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The English word spite is an abbreviated form of the word despite, both of which are nouns of the verb despise. Spite means "a feeling of ill will or malevolence," which leads to its active meaning of "hindering or preventing the wishes of another." Spite is a particularly malicious form of hate that very often is as damaging, physically or psychologically, to the spiteful person as it is to his or her victim, hence the old saying, "to cut off the nose to spite the face." From a Christian point of view, the entire spiteful person, not just the nose, is cut off, from God.

Spite Toward God

Holy Bible Those who had spite toward God's instructions and commands during the Wilderness Journey, in spite of all of the miraculous signs that they witnessed, never made it to the physical promised land (see A Journey Without A Destination):

"And The Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people despise Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of all the signs which I have wrought among them?" (Numbers 14:11 RSV)

"The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how The Lord your God bore you, as a man bears his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.'"

"Yet in spite of this word you did not believe The Lord your God, Who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night, to show you by what way you should go, and in the cloud by day."

"And The Lord heard your words, and was angered, and he swore, 'Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land which I swore to give to your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land upon which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed The Lord!'" (Deuteronomy 1:30-36 RSV)

Jesus' parable of the wedding feast was a lesson about how His own people would spitefully reject Him, so others, Gentiles, were invited to take their place. The parable has duality since then, because now, with salvation open to everyone, anyone who spitefully rejects Christ as The Way to the spiritual Promised Land will be left behind to eternally die just as were those who were left behind to physically die before they entered the physical promised land.

"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come."

"Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage."

"But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city."

"Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests." (Matthew 22:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Is Jesus Christ the "Stone" that, although once spitefully rejected, is now the chief cornerstone of God's spiritual house? (b) Will that same "Stone" replace all human kingdoms when He returns?
(a) 1 Peter 2:4-8 - see also The Return Of Jesus Christ (b) Daniel 2:34,44 - see also Daniel's Statue

This Week's Bible Quiz

Revelation chapter 11 describes two Prophets of God who will be most physically active just prior to the Return Of Jesus Christ.

1. How long will the two witnesses prophesy to the world?

2. What will the two witnesses be clothed in?

3. What sort of trees are the two witnesses liken to?

4. Will the two witnesses be forced to defend themselves with (God-given and authorized) miraculous deadly force?

5. What weather condition will the two witnesses be able to make happen during the time of their ministry?

6. What will the two witnesses be able to do to rivers?

7. Where will the two witnesses be martyred?

8. How long will the two witnesses remain dead, where their bodies will be left in the street?

9. Will people in all nations celebrate the martyrdom of the two witnesses?

10. Where will the two witnesses go after they are resurrected?

For the answers to this April 8 2003 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page

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