I Delight To do Thy Will…Psalm 40 pt 1

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.(Psalm 40:6-8)

The Psalms of the Bible, can only be fully appreciated when one realizes that they are the prayers not only of Israel, but of Israel’s Messiah. The Messiah is in the psalms, he is predicted there, his prayers, worship, thoughts, hopes, are recorded in this prayer-book of the church and of Israel.

In the Psalms, there are astonishing conversations recorded between the Father and the Son, which could only have occurred in eternity. Psalm 40 is one of those Messianic psalms. It is particularly apt to unpack some of its beauty and meaning, especially during Holy Week, as we ponder the love of God and the Divine willingness to give all for our salvation.

vs 1-2 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

The Psalm begins with a very familiar theme of many of the psalms, that of a righteous man suffering, but committing himself to God. This sufferer happens to be in a clay pit, crying out to God in whom he trusts, and who delivers him,setting his feet on solid ground.

Life in this sinful world is full of holes, pits that are miry, slippery , and in which the effort to extricate one’s self from them, serves only to deepen the pit and exhaust the one trapped. The ultimate miry pit is the grave.

vs 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

But God raised the righteous sufferer up out of the miry pit! The new song is the song of deliverance, and the testimony of this man’s deliverance will bring many into a saving faith in the Lord.

vs 4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Who is the truly blessed man? This is another constant theme of the psalms, the life and habits of the blessed man. The truly happy person is the one who puts his faith in the Lord, the covenant keeping God, the mighty deliverer from the miry pit.

Or to put it negatively, he turns his back on two common delusions,

* The false idea that the honor and praise of godless men is worth seeking. The truly happy man plays to an audience of one, he seeks to please God alone.

* The delusion that idols (vanities,pleasure, food, sex, entertainment,power.) can ever satisfy the heart. The blessed man knows that what he needs most of all, is communion with God.

vs 5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

This blessed man is grateful, realizing that this God of deliverance is the personal God, a God who actually “thinks towards us”, a God of countless deliverances, interventions, providences and mercies, as well as His numerous thoughts and Words to us!

vs 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

These are the words of the pre-incarnate Messiah, to the Everlasting Father. They are discussing the desire and requirements of God, from men.

What does God really require? Indeed the God of deliverance has instituted an extensive sacrificial system, of meat, grain, fat and blood offerings. But what is His ultimate intention? Surely not the blood of bulls, goats, sheep and doves as a provision for sinful and estranged people.

God wants a human being who has never broken faith with Him. He desires one who has not shattered the Image of God by sinful, selfish living. God would have a person who truly spends all of his life “loving the Lord His God”, with all of his being, heart, soul, mind and strength.

My ears You have opened”- Is literally, My ears you have digged, or have pierced. In the Law of God, a man who completes his term of servitude but who wants to remain in the employ of the family which hired him, would be required to have his ear pierced with an awl, as the symbol of “bond service”, that is willing, lifetime servitude.

* A Body thou hast prepared for me - Both the Septuagint and the book of Hebrews insert this phrase in the place of “My ears you have opened”. The pre-incarnate Messiah is saying, that God has prepared a body for Him to live out a perfectly pleasing human life. The Messiah would come as a man.

The Messiah offers himself to the Father, as the bondservant . He would live a human life unto God, He would wholly offer that life as a bond servant of God, he would meet the requirements of a Holy God for all of humanity as a suffering servant, even unto death.

verse 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

The meaning of every book of the Bible, is Messiah. The law of Moses is really about the Messiah, the prophets looked forward to the Messiah, the sacrificial system points to the Messiah, the Psalms are the piety of the Messiah. The Bible cannot be understood without taking this into account. Jesus said,

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.(John 5;39-40)

vs 8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Behold the man whom God desires, the willing bond servant, the one who lives to please and serve God! This is the one who came unto us in the flesh, to offer himself as the perfect sacrifice.

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Israel’s Messianic Avenger…Song of Moses pt 15

For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.  I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.(Deuteronomy 32:40-43)

According to the Song of Moses, the Intervention of the LORD against Israel’s enemies comes at the end. It comes at a time when the besieged nation has lost all strength to resist her bloodthirsty enemies, and are in danger of being annihilated. Jerusalem itself shall be taken, and plundered according to the prophet Zechariah.

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.  Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.(Zechariah 14:1-3)

Then shall the LORD go forth and fight… 

It is hard for many Christians to realize that when the Messiah returns to earth, He will make war with His enemies. Not just spiritual warfare, but real physical war. Blood will be shed, and people will be killed at his appearing.  Isaiah saw Him spattered with the blood of His enemies, (Isaiah 63) and Paul reports that He will destroy his enemies with the very spirit of His mouth and the brightness of His coming (2 Thess 1) .

Ezekiel names the very nations He will come to fight, (All of which happen to be  Muslim), in Ezekiel 25-32. The book of Revelation tells us that at that time the “Kings of the earth and their rulers” step out of the shadows to openly oppose Him. And of course Moses taught the people of Israel to sing of it, in this the last verse of the Song of Moses.

The Messiah vows, lifting up His hand as in an oath, that He is “sharpening the sword of his lightning” (lit) , that destructions come upon the enemies of God.

There will be no more delays, the long-awaited time of vengeance is at hand! The LORD himself, to whom vengeance belongs, sets out as a warrior, to execute judgment upon his enemies, those who hate Him. The day of Vengeance will be bloody, for His enemies have shed much blood in their God hatred.

Rivers of blood cry out from the ground of those slain by abortion, as well as the blood of all of those injured and even murdered by the crime waves created by our lawless and God hating societies. Those imprisoned and murdered by the Communists cry out for vengeance. But these all pale in comparison to the blood shed by Islam in its 14 century quest to dominate the world in the name of the blood thirsty pretender god Allah, and his murderous prophet,Mohammed.

The Lord shall make inquiry for the blood of millions of Jews, shed by those who hate God. anti-semitism has been the defining mark of God hatred through the centuries. God has remembered and taken down names and events.

I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.(Deuteronomy 32:42)

The last three words of verse 42, have presented difficulties, which is unfortunate because the KJV rendering, among others, obscures an important truth.

“…the beginning of revenges upon the enemy….” is an awkward rendering of three Hebrew words;  merosh  par oth  oyebh…literally,  “Head of the leaders of the enemy”or Head of the chief leader of the enemy.

The reason this is an important distinction, is because the reference to the “head of the enemy” being smitten by the Messiah corresponds to the original gospel in Genesis 3:15,

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

Thus Moses references the final end of the Anti-Christ; destined to defeat in the final overthrow of the enemies of God and his repentance and restored people, the “head” crushed by the Heel of the one who himself suffered for our sins.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.(Revelation 19:11-13)

The Song ends with a call for all nations to rejoice along with the redeemed people of Israel. Vengeance has been executed, the enemies of God have been crushed, ISrael has been saved and restored to her rightful place! As David Baron says in his book, ISRAEL in THE PLAN OF GOD,

In the last verse we reach the climax and the goal, not only of this sublime song but of all prophecy. It contemplates the time when the purpose of God in the call and election of Abraham and his seed- that in and through them all the families of the earth should be blessed- will be fully realized. When not only shall Israel be pardoned ,cleansed and reconciled, and the land itself be urged from its defilements, and become indeed “The Holy Land”, but when all nations shall walk in the light of Jehovah, and rejoice together with saved ISrael in the blessings of the Messiah’s reign which shall extend from MT Zion,, to the ends of the earth.

Indeed have we not heard from the Apostle Paul of the restoration of Israel,

For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?(Romans 11:15)

Rejoice indeed OH YE Nations! Rejoice with the newly redeemed chosen people! At long last God has avenged the blood of His Servants, and repayed the wickedness of his adversaries! We celebrate not so much the suffering of the wicked, but the manifestation of Divine Righteousness and Justice which has so long been questioned on this earth. God has vindicated himself and all who love Him celebrate!

Finally, the last three words of this remarkable prophecy and song, are weakly rendered, “He will have mercy on his land and to his people”.

Literally it says, He will atone the Land and his people… or “He will make expiation for…”. How can the Holy God take back into favor such sinful, idolatrous, rebellious people? On what grounds could He who is infinitely just, true and Holy, simply forgive them? The Atonement has already been made, the Messiah has shed His precious blood, all that remains is for the Holy People to “Look upon Me whom they have pierced and to mourn for himas for an only Son…Then shall a fountan open up to them for cleansing…”.

Lift up your heads, for the day draws near…Maranatha! Come Quickly dear Lord!!!!

 

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Where Are Their gods?…Song of Moses pt 14

For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.  And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,  Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.  See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.(Deuteronomy 32:36-39)

Israel’s future history is the subject of the Song of Moses. Though heavily favored and blessed by God, the nation became prodigal, spending the blessing and favor given to her by God, on vain, abominable and filthy idols which cannot save. Israel has spurned and insulted her Rock, the infinite personal God of the universe!

In spite of His pleadings and forbearance, Moses predicted that Israel would ignore God,  go on her own way, adding sin upon sin until the LORD was forced to discipline the wayward nation. He would scatter her to the ends of the earth, but not make an end of her, nor allow her to be assimilated into the nations where she has been long exiled.

All of these sufferings for the chosen people would come upon her because of the sin of idolatry. But is Israel truly idolatrous today, as Moses Song predicted she would be to the end?

The answer s Yes. Modern Israel does not for the most part worship Baal and Ashteroth as in the days of the Deportation by the Assyrians and the Babylonian captivity. This is because Israel’s idolatry has developed in several stages, each being an expression of the nation’s heart  alienation from God.

Idolatry comes in many forms. The core of idolatry is the rejection of the “only true God…” and the search for ultimate truth, beauty, meaning and authority in anything less tan God. Though the Babylonian captivity indeed cured Israel of the Baal and Ashteroth worship of earlier times, the nation simply developed other less obvious idols, or ways of expressing their alienation from God.

Jews of the first century, at the time of John the Baptist and of Jesus, were very sensitive to idols and graven images, but the whole point of Jesus and John the Baptist’s preaching was that the nation was apostate, and in danger of an imminent judgment.

What were the idols of that day? Jeremiah predicted that the Jews would reject the LORD himself, the “Fountain of living waters,…” and make up a religion of their own.

Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.(Jeremiah 2:12-13)

At the time of Jesus and the apostles, the Jews had made idols out of a vain, works based , formulaic distortion of Biblical Judaism. Jesus and John the Baptist warned Israel of its apostasy, putting the traditions of man over the very Word of God. Anything man-made which comes in the place of God is an idol.

Jesus echoed Jeremiah’s warning, to those of His day who spent all day “Seeking scripture”, but failed to turn to the personal and living God. An idolatrous heart can even make an idol out of something as sacred as the scripture or the temple of God!

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.(John 5:38-39)

After the destruction of the temple in 70AD, rather than repent and fully turn to God in the person of the Messiah Jeshua, Israel entered into a third stage of idolatry. The leaders of Israel had a problem, how to continue a  Judaism without a temple and sacrifices? The answer came, at the council of Javneh in the late 1st century. Judaism would be redefined, with a new geographical religious center (Javneh), a new emphasis (Good works and study of Torah), and with prayer instead of sacrifice.

To this day Israel is an idolatrous nation, having given over to the modern idols of secular humanism, socialism, materialism, relativism, multiculturalism, technology, and as in the rest of the western world, Israel has become completely open to any religion, sexual preference, sin, vice…anything but turning back to God. The book of Revelation reveals that Jerusalem is spiritually both “Sodom and Egypt” .

But as God straitens them, pressing them into a narrower and more vulnerable position, and cuts off Israel’s friends and lovers, She will wonder where the gods that she once forsook God for, have gone. None of the modern gods will prove worthy of any trust,  and hopefully she will consider and repent.

Thus the Song of Moses causes Israel to sing of the worthlessness of the god’s Israel had forsaken the LORD for. Where are they now  (In the day of deepest distress) ? Can these god’s save Israel? Have they not always failed Israel?

And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.  

The idea is to provoke Israel to soul-searching and repentence…just as in Judges 10,

Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.(Judges 10:13-15)

Soon Israel will respond to God’s call for her to repent, as Jeremiah predicted she would in the day of distress,

God is saying.…”Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings…”

And Israel will soon say back to Him”…Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God”. (Jeremiah 3:22-25)

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

The Song of Moses proclaims God in the first person, and God  emphatic;  that HE exclusively and HE ALONE,  Israel’s everlasting Rock, the faithful and almighty God, the living and personal God is the only real answer to Israel’s dilemna in the last days.

In her final distress, Israel will be able finally to see that the folly of her rebellion, sin, transgression and iniquity in forsaking God, have brought upon her all of her miseries.

But it is God himself who kills, (the wages of sin is death). But He only kills that he might make alive. Note that the Killing and wounding come first, for God’s harsh dealings are with a view toward redemption.

Hosea makes the point that it is God himself who tore and mauled Israel, but for the purpose of repentance and healing.

When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound. For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.  I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.(Hosea 5:13-6:3)

 

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When He sees that Their Power is Gone…Song of Moses pt 13

To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.(Deuteronomy 32:35-36)

We are at the last stanza of the song which God gave Moses to teach the children of Israel their entire future history, from the blessings of the promised land, through their apostasy and eventual expulsion from the Land and scattering throughout the earth, until the last days, when they shall be visited in mercy , saved and restored by the LORD.

This final stanza reveals that in that final time, God will take vengeance upon all of those Gentile nations among whom he had scattered his wayward flock. He will require of them the persecution, hatred, brutality and oppression that they had meted out to His chosen people, in the time of their long exile.The God of Israel shall have the last Word.

Their foot shall slide in due time…This is a reference to the plight of the World powers who had been able to lord it over the chosen people for the duration of the prophesied ” times of the Gentiles”. God has stored wrath up in his treasury to be revealed in the last times.

The metaphor of the “foot sliding” speaks of a sudden reversal of previous fortune and seemingly solid footing and advantage. The wicked assume they are on a sure footing, but in the “Day of Calamity” set by the Most High God, their supposedly solid footing gives way and they are revealed to be in a precarious and vulnerable position. Such shall it soon be with the “Kings of the Earth”.

For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.(Psalm 38:18)

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.(Psalm 73:2)

Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.  When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.( Psalm 94:17-18)

…for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

The nations of the world have an appointed “Day of Vengeance” , known only to God, in which their “cup of iniquity” is finally filled. Particularly sins against Israel are in view here; the international hatred and persecution against “the Seed of the woman”,(Christ), the Woman clothed in the sun, moon and stars (Israel), and the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and the testimony of JEsus Christ(The church).  (See Revelation 12).

The day that hasteth, the day of their calamity, is also known as the “Time of tribulation”, something the World has never seen before nor shall it ever see again, in God’s mercy. We know the time is short because it has only been since 1948 that there has again been a national entity, Israel, in fulfilment of the prophetic Word about the Last Days.

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:  Afterward shall the children of Israel return , and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. (Hosea 3:4-5)

For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left

When we are told that “the LORD Shall Judge His people…”, This is a reference to the judgment of vindication. The LORD shall set the matter straight, He will again own his people in the sight of all of the nations and personally identify with their cause. Joel tells us that in that day the LORD will once again treat the spilt blood of the  men, women and children of Israel, as innocent blood that has been shed.

Young’s literal translation renders Joel 3:21 thusly;

And I have declared their blood innocent, [That] I did not declare innocent, And Jehovah is dwelling in Zion!

The nations of the World have blood on their hands, the blood of the nation which God scattered and judged but did not make a complete end of. The day of Vengeance is coming, especially for all of those nations which have nurtured a hatred of the chosen people,(which is really a hatred for God, the Bible and the Messiah).

But the intervention of the Most High will come at the point when Israel is in her most severe danger and vulnerability, a time when her enemies are almost literally smacking their lips in anticipation of consuming her entirely.

When the Lord shall see that they are without strength and bereft of friend and lover, surrounded, besieged and even nearly annihilated,  His compassion for them shall be rekindled and He will come to them as their Deliverer.

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.  Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. ( Zechariah 14:1-4)

 

 

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The Day Of Vengeance Nears…Song of Moses pt 12

Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?  To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.  ( Deuteronomy 32:33-34)

We have arrived at the last stanza of the Song of Moses. It is thoroughly apocalyptic. The LORD is upright, perfect and generous in all of his dealings, abundantly blessing the Nation Israel, which He created and treated as a Son, teaching him and lavishing him with blessings, privilege, and deliverances.

But Israel soon forgets His Rock and goes after worthless idols, which cannot save. He spurns and debases the Most High, who loved Israel. The LORD wooed  Israel, and wed her under a canopy, but She soon proved faithless.

Moses predicted that this would eventually bring the wrath of God upon the wayward nation and He would scatter them to the very ends of the earth. But the LORD would never make an absolute end of Israel, as He will soon with her enemies.

. The Glory of His name is bound to the Jews, the LORD will not allow His name to be debased among the heathen, Why should the heathen say that the Lord brought them out of Egypt to destroy them? The LORD has been using the surrounding nations as a scourge of His people, but as Zechariah said, They have taken it further than HE wanted them to.

…Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.  And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.(Zechariah 1:14-15 )

Therefore His purpose is to preserve the nation, and to reconstitute them in the last days, and to bring Israel to repentance after a long night of “Jacob’s trouble”. In the process The LORD has been preparing a judgment for His adversaries, who hated and persecuted Israel all these centuries. This is the meaning of the “great Tribulation” such as never seen before nor shall it ever be seen in this manner again!

Is not this laid up in store for me and sealed up among my treasures?

The LORD has seen all of the oppression, cruelties, indignities, brutalities of the persecutions wrought by the Gentile nations in this long period of judgment known in scripture as the “times of the Gentiles”. The nations are blood guilty, and the LORD has taken note of it for centuries.  He has laid up wrath for the world, the time is almost here for the LORD to open up his treasuries and begin to deal in wrath with those nations which have abused his people in their exile.

Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.  For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.(PSalm 79:6-7)

To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste…

Vengeance is the LORDS only, but he has been storing it up in His treasuries, as well as storing up the account of the various nations which have taken advantage of Israel’s exile and punishment. He knows all about the “Everlasting hatred of Edom” (Ezekiel 35) and how they cried “Raze it, Raze it, ” (Ps 137) when the temple was being destroyed.

The Most High saw the cruelty of the Romans, and of the Muslim invaders and the crusaders. He saw all of the pograms of eastern Europe and Russia, and the antisemitic riots fostered by POPES and Metropolitans over the centuries. The Lord also took note of the Nazi’s and of the indifference of the civilized western nations. He saw Russia, Poland and eastern Europe persecute His people. He sees how the western world has turned its back on Israel to appease Jew Hating Arabs.

As Isaiah says, the Jews will soon hear their God confess to them, that in all of their affliction, He too was afflicted.

A Terrible storm of wrath is coming to the earth. The day of vengeance draws nigh. But Moses taught the children of Israel to sing about it, all along. I wonder how many who read this and have Wisdom truly consider these things?

 

 

 

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The LORD Yearns For Israel…Song of Moses pt 11

I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:  Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this. For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.  … …   (Deuteronomy 32:26-30)

In this stanza of the Song of Moses, the LORD assures that He would not totally obliterate His prodigal and rebellious son; partly because He knows that the human enemies of the LORD and of Israel would boast in the total defeat of their foe, thinking that they themselves (and their false gods) had brought the destruction of God’s people to pass, and also out of a broken-hearted yearning and a purpose to restore the prodigal, in the last days.

The rendering,  “I would scatter them into corners…”, is better rendered, “I would scatter them like the wind…” or “I would blow them away…”, i.e. “I would make an utter end of them…”.

Furthermore in the text, it is not the wrath of the enemy, which the LORD fears, but the provocation of the enemy… .

This is the incredible extent that the Most High God, has taken to get across to we finite creatures, the concept of his everlasting love. The idea that the infinite personal Creator and Governor of the universe would even so much as give one thought as to what the gentile nations think about his treatment of Israel, whether he is punishing or rewarding them, is incredible.

There were shades of this concern in the time following the ‘golden calf” incident,  when Moses pled with the LORD, on the basis of God’s Holy name and cause in the sight of the Egyptians,

And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:  Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.  And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people…and the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do to his people .(Exodus 32:9-14)

The Most High, knowing full well the grand scope of his design to save all nations, was careful not to allow those ignorant and pagan nations to misinterpret his dealings with Israel, and to further blaspheme his name, as though he was treacherous, (luring Israel into the wilderness to slay them)or faithless to His promise.

God speaks through Ezekiel repeating the same theme, as to why He didn’t “make a full end of Israel” though they deserved it;

But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.( Ezekiel 20:14-17)

We are now given a glimpse of the heart of Jahweh, yearning and lamenting over the stubborn waywardness and squandered opportunities of his own people. What parent cannot relate, as to how much better it would have been for the ones we love had they but listened? Had they just yielded and considered their ways, how much sweeter it would have been for them?

O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Isn’t it true to those of us who read and love scripture, that we ever hear the wail of Jahweh over his people, through the sobs of broken-hearted prophets, and even through the broken pleading of the Messiah himself? the LORD yearns over his people, that they turn to him, and be saved! He grieves at what could have been, had it not been for our stubborn insistence on our own way!

Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever. He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.(Psalm 81:13-16)

O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.(Hosea 14:1-2)

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.  For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,  And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.(Luke 19:41-44)

That the utter calamities, and humiliations that the Jewish people have endured have come about as a result of the withdrawal of God’s presence, should be obvious to any who read the Word of God. Moses described them all, the ‘curse of the Law’ of God, in Deuteronomy 28 reads like an account of the 19- 20th century Jewish experience in Eastern Europe, Russia and of course Germany.

How could one put a thousand to flight and two put ten thousand to flight except their Rock had sold them and the LORD had delivered them up?

God had promised them the opposite, and in better times in their own history, Israel had seen such miracles, When God was in the midst of them,

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.(Deuteronomy 28:7)

They were supposed to sing this, long before these things became concrete and bitter reality, that they might connect the dots, and understand what is happening to them…particularly in the Latter Days.

 

 

 

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The Wrath Of God… Song of Moses pt 10

For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.  I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.  They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.  The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.   (Deuteronomy 32:22-25)

This is a poetic description of the evils which would be heaped upon Israel in her apostasy and rebellion, when the time of God’s long forbearance had come to an end, and there was no repentance on the part of the chosen people. God taught the people of Israel to sing of the coming wrath, it was part of the national catechism, the Song of Moses, the warning of future apostasy and wrath.

Other parts of Deuteronomy and Leviticus give a more detailed description of the terrors which were to come upon the nation, and which have literally and minutely come to pass down to the smallest detail.

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.  Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.  Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.  The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.(Deuteronomy 28:15-20)

And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.  And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.  And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:(Leviticus 26:17-19)

He warned Israel that these things would eventually come to pass, not fatalistically, but that each generation might consider and be instructed and spare themselves these evils. Israel’s long, tortured history over these centuries known as the “times of the Gentiles”has born this out that all that the Song of Moses warned them of has indeed come to pass.

First, after long provocation, and in spite of the ministry of Elijah, and Elisha among others,  came the carrying away of the ten tribes, never to be seen again, by the Assyrians. Eventually the nightmare  destruction of the temple in 70 AD and the subsequent dispersion of Judah into Babylon occurred. Finally When Judah repudiated the LORD himself in the person of her Messiah, Jesus, the long night of sorrow and suffering fell. The Jewish people were scattered to the ends of the earth, the temple was destroyed, and the nations ceased to be an entity until 1948 AD.

All of these terrors are designed to bring about repentance. The Lord would not allow the chosen people to be wiped off of the face of the earth, as Sodom and Gommorah, He has always purposed to preserve for himself a remnant.

And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.(Leviticus 26:23-24)

No nation on earth has ever suffered  as this nation has. For none have ever had the accountability and light that was given to Israel. To whom much is given, much is required. The curses of the law as recorded in Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26 can be plainly seen as fulfilled prophecy in the centuries of exile, enslavement, persecution, hatred, pograms, wanderings, betrayal, ghettoes,and universal calumny which continues to this day.

The letter to Hebrews admonishes us to fear God accordingly, for Our God is a consuming fire. The Holy fire in God’s being burns fiercely against sin, faithlessness and rebellion. Hellfire originated in God himself! If this is what He does to His own people who have spurned Him, what shall THE LORD do to those who rejected Him outright?

Behold in all of these prophesied plagues and curses the past two thousand years of Jewish History, the Roman dispersion, the subjugation to the Muslims, the terrors of anti-semitic persecution in Europe in the Middle Ages, the blood libels, and the Yellow Stars of Identification, the stereotypical hatred of Jews (Shylock), the Russian and Eastern European experience of the Jews, and recently the Holocaust of Hitler and even Stalin.

This is what it means to be under Divine wrath. Many European Jews say they lost faith in God during the holocaust,  how could he have allowed this to happen? But had they truly read Moses, they would see the resonance between what the Song of Moses predicted, and their current situation.

Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.  From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.  (Lamentations 1:12-13)

Yet in the face of all of this ages long death and destruction two shining and hopeful notes ring out;

1) God has never allowed the Jewish people to be utterly wiped out, nor to be assimilated out of existence. He has preserved them as a people as He promised He would, that He might bring them back into the Land in the last days.

Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.(Isaiah 1:9)

But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.(Jeremiah 46:27)

2) The Lord fulfilled his promise to Abraham, that He would “Bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you…”. History has born out that those who have hated and persecuted the JEws came under Divine wrath also and were utterly destroyed, such as Hitler and the Nazis.

 

 

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