“O Jehovah, remember for the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem; who said, Make it bare! Make it bare even to its foundation! O daughter of Babylon, O destroyed one! Blessed is he who shall repay to you your recompence which you dealt to us. Blessed is he who seizes your little ones and dashes them against the stone!” (Psalm 137:7-9).
Those who take issue with Psalm 137:9 fail to grasp many things, two of which are the implications of Psalm 51:5 and Romans 8:6. Those ashamed of this Psalm treasure little children more than God’s glory and honor. The popular sentiment is that the welfare of children is a supreme principle to which even God’s righteous and holy anger must bow. For some inconsistent atheist-types, quoting Psalm 137:9 is proof-positive that there is no God and they are His prophet.
God says that He predestined the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:23, 4:28) and was “pleased to crush Him” (Isaiah 53:10). Jesus Christ was crushed on behalf of, and bore the sins of His people.
“By His knowledge the righteous One, My Servant, shall justify for many, and He shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11).
“What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Truly He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all, how will He not freely give all things to us with Him? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? God is the One justifying! Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also is raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession on our behalf. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Even as it has been written, For Your sake we are killed all the day; we are counted as sheep of slaughter. But in all these things we more than conquer through Him loving us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39).
Truly He who did not spare His own Son will not spare the reprobate (non-elect) wicked. All for whom Jesus died are spared, and will NEVER be separated from the love of God. They are mercifully nourished by God (Ephesians 5:28-30). And all for whom Jesus did NOT die will be His footstool. They will be trodden in the winepress of the anger and wrath of the Lamb.
“And as they led Him away, having laid hold on a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, coming from a field, they put the cross on him, to bear it behind Jesus. And a great multitude of people were following Him, and of women who also were bewailing and lamenting Him. And turning to them, Jesus said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep over Me, but weep over yourselves and over your children. For behold, days will come in which they will say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that did not bear, and breasts that did not suckle. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us! And to the hills, Cover us! For if they do these things in the green tree, what may take place in the dry?” (Luke 23:26-31).
“And the heaven departed like a scroll being rolled up. And every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great ones, and the rich ones, and the commanders, and the powerful ones, and every slave, and every freeman hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains. And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of His wrath has come; and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:14-17).
“But He, offering but one sacrifice for sins, sat down in perpetuity at the right hand of God, from then on expecting until His enemies are placed as a footstool of His feet. For by one offering He has perfected in perpetuity the ones being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:12-14).
Christians tremble and consider Christ’s efficacious atonement and the clear distinction between footstool and fragrance. Those who believe that Jesus died for everyone without exception are God-haters who have blindly blurred that distinction.
“Then become imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
The self-righteously bloated ones that believe Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception DENY that this precious Offering and Sacrifice was to God a sweet-smelling savor.