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COVENANT

 

As always the psalmist gives honor to God for his goodness.  Formerly he observed the ancient works, and now he addresses the gifts that God gave to the patriarchs.  Nature has been our womb, and now supernatural freedom has been given to man.    Abraham leads us to generations of evidence for God.

 

Psalm 105

 

O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.  Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.  Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;  Psalm 105:1-5

 

How else can I start my day except to praise God for giving it to me?  I’m alive!  I have this day and I can tell the world about the great days I have witnessed where God has given me victory.  Before my day were the foundations of time, and more recently are the patriarch who also gave this testimony.

 

O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.  He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Psalm 105:6-10

 

You of Israel who are descended from Abraham Isaac and Jacob, he is our God.  I can say this as one grafted into the family of Abraham by faith.  He is our God, and I am of Abraham.  God remembers the covenant he made with Abraham, and we are all part of this eternal agreement.

 

Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Psalm 105:11-15

 

This morning I celebrate God’s promise that Israel has Cannan and we all have our promised land.  Abraham had a small family in a large land so God protected them from enemies in that strange new land.  Indeed Abraham’s family was able to intervene against  kings with strong armies.  His new nation was under God’s protection even as it has been since 1948.

 

Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.  He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:  Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:  Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.  The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. Psalm 105:16-20

 

A famine in the land; isn’t that bad news?  And Joseph the favorite son was secretly sold as a slave.  Worse still, he became a convicted sex offender, which wasn’t good even in those days.  The word of the Lord tried him, then the word came.  Yeshua was there even then to be the word and to give mercy to Joseph.

 

He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:  To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.  Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.  And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.  He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. Psalm 105:21-25

 

The king made Joseph ruler of his substance, kind of a prime minister.  Not bad for an ex-con.  Now the young man is a wealthy ruler of Egypt when his brothers arrive seeking food to survive.  When they recognized their lost brother, he gave mercy as God had given to him.  Israel prospered while Egypt began to hate them.  Do I see a shadow of Messiah in all this?  A brother presumed dead returns with mercy and the world begins to hate these children of faith over the centuries they lived together.

 

He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.  They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.  He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.  He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.  Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings. Psalm 105:26-30

Moses experiences the opposite of Joseph, leaving royal comforts to become a shepherd to a stubborn flock.  Egypt rejected his declaration of independence so God delivered plagues on them.

 

He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.  He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.  He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.  He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,  And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. Psalm 105:31-35

 

God sent bugs.  I moved to the west from Michigan and I don’t miss the bugs that seek blood relentlessly.  I could have taken that hint alone.  But Egypt needed hail, fire, storms, and even more nasty bugs.  The harvest was all gone now.

 

He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.  He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.  Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.  He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.  The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. Psalm 105:36-40

 

Oh Egyptian leaders can’t take a hint.  Just ask their last president, even today.  The death of children closed the deal though, and Israel was sent away gladly, with riches as well.  Egypt feared Israel, but they failed to understand that they should fear the Lord.  In our day some of Egypt have discovered Christ, and they too are grafted in to Israel by faith.  Israel left with a guiding light and provisions for their journey.

 

He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.  For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.  And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:  And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;  That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 105:41-45

 

Again a shadow of Yeshua Ha Meschia in this rock.  We will remember that a rock of ages, the stone the builders rejected, will produce living water in the future.  The psalmist is again singing in the spirit, and God is using him for a prophetic message.  Israel received a land and the psalmist reminds us again to always Praise the Lord.  Praise is capitalized, as a verb and a noun both it is a proper sacrifice to God.

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