Tracking the Leopard Meroz articles have as their foundation, an obscure Scripture found in Judges 5:23, which reads in the King James Holy Bible, Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
While this passage speaks of an ancient village in Israel that existed around 1285 B. C., what is significant is that the Angel of the Lord pronounced a double curse against the inhabitants thereof. This historical fact is rather startling, and deserves an indepth consideration of the seriousness of the sin of Meroz.
I have chosen the image of the leopard to signify Meroz, after pondering these words in Jeremiah 5:6, saying, Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
The significance of the leopard imagery is also found in Revelation 13:2, as a symbol of the AntiChrist, for we read, And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
In Judges 5:23, it is notable that we find a double repetition, for the Hebrew word for curse bitterly is spoken as “curse-curse”. We also see repetition in “came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the LORD against the mighty”.
Strong’s Concordance interprets the word Meroz as refuge; however, I consider this village name to be comprised of Mer, or bitterness, and Oz, as power or strength. This would suggest that the bitter curse was the outcome of an eye for an eye type of retribution; perhaps the acts of the inhabitants were similar to Balaam’s, who was hired for his ability to curse others with the strength of bitterness. We can find modern day versions of this type of weaponization of dark forces, and it represents rebellion against God.
Several passages in the New Testament warn Christians that there are false prophets and teachers and certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, who are destroyers of “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”. (Jude 3-4, 2 Peter 2, for example). Often such men preserve their false authority and privileges, using underhanded methods of retaliation against those who expose their fruit.
2 Peter 2:3 explains the motive and methods of such interlopers as, And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
The village of Meroz existed in the time of the Judges. Judges 2:18 explains, And when the LORD raised them up judges, then The LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
Present day “inhabitants of Meroz” can be found in those Christian churches who promote loyalty to the mighty, rather than to God and the holy Scriptures.
The story of Balaam, is found in Numbers 22-24, and noted in Jude and Second Peter. He was a false prophet for hire, who was known for his ability to curse or bless anyone he desired. His success was largely based on his study of the judgments of God, and he was so important, that the LORD actually spoke to him personally. His own disobedience to the words of God brought about his eventual downfall.
Balaam boasted to Balak, “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD, my God, to do more or less.” (Numbers 22:18) He offers sacrifices in accordance with the word of God, yet it is apparent that these are viewed as the sacrifices of Satan by God, for the LORD sends his Angel to stand in the way of Balaam,as an adversary against him. (Numbers 22:22)
Tracking the Leopard Meroz: A Christian commentary on Judges 5:23 is not mere speculation; it is observable fact for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. As Proverbs 7:9 describes, “In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night”, if we observe closely, we can see the leopard Meroz, moving silently through the Scriptures.
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In 2015, I began to observe and comment on the Christian Alternative News Media, and then later on, decided to branch out into other areas of YouTube which are subtly connected to some of these same issues which are undermining not only the Church, but also the delicate fabric of American society.
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In the case of Meroz, the Scriptures in Judges 5:23 and 5:24 compare and contrast the behavior of that Israeli village which was cursed with that of Jael, a Gentile housewife, who Deborah had prophesied earlier that “the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman”.
Rev. John William Burgon preached a sermon at the University of Oxford in 1861 defending Jael from the censorship of those men who disdain God’s use of an obscure and vulnerable housewife to deliver Israel from Sisera. God blessed the Jael, and pronounced a double curse on the inhabitants of Meroz. [see John Williams Burgon discourse on Jael in 1861 at the University of Oxford]