As Christians who seek to follow the Lord in all His ways, we often turn the other cheek and thereby can seem defenseless to the world that wants to take advantage of God’s people. However, our Father is indeed with us and will safeguard us even when we suffer. He will raise us to live in a new heaven and earth where we will be perfected in holiness and kept safe from all harm forever (Rev. 21).
Given the symbolism of the passage, we must see it not only as a prediction of the final battle between God and the enemies of His people but also a vision of the encounter between new covenant Israel—the church—and the Lord’s chosen. For two thousand years, God’s enemies have tried to destroy the church, only to find themselves converted to Him. When people come against the Lord, their plans will be thwarted, either in their salvation or in their defeat and destruction.