Psa 106: Historic Summaries of the early Sins of Israel
Comments: This, for Israel, must be an uncomfortable
psalm that highlights the failures of Israel who rarely lived
up to their calling to be a holy people. Part 1 is Praise &
Petition. Part 2 is the majority of the psalm and reminds Israel
of their failures. Part 3 is concluding prayer. Their failures
seen in Part 2 cover their failures in Egypt [v.7-12], their wilderness
travels [v.13-23], their refusal to enter the Promised Land [v.24-33]
and their ongoing failures in the Land [v.34-46]. An inglorious
reminder all round!]
1: v.1-5: A call to Praise & Thank the Lord & Request
Praise to the Lord
to the Lord,
for he is good;
his love endures for ever.
can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
or fully declare his praise?
are those who act justly,
who always do what is right.
Request to receive the promised inheritance
me, Lord ,
when you show favour to your people,
come to my aid when you save them,
I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may share in the joy of your nation
and join your inheritance in giving praise.
2: v.6-46: The Failures of Israel
SUMMARY: Israel have frequently been sinful
have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
Their failures to believe in Egypt and in their deliverance
our ancestors were in Egypt,
they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
and they rebelled by the sea, the Red
he saved them for his name's sake,
to make his mighty power known.
rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
he led them through the depths as through
saved them from the hand of the foe;
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed
waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
they believed his promises
and sang his praise.
Their recurring follies in the wilderness travels
they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
the desert they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness they put God to the
he gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease among them.
the camp they grew envious of Moses
and of Aaron, who was consecrated to
the Lord .
earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
it buried the company of Abiram.
blazed among their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.
Horeb they made a calf
and worshipped an idol cast from metal.
exchanged their glorious God
for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
forgot the God who saved them,
who had done great things in Egypt,
in the land of Ham
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
he said he would destroy them –
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Their refusal to enter the Land & subsequent failures in the
they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise.
grumbled in their tents
and did not obey the Lord .
he swore to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter them throughout the lands.
yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless
aroused the Lord's
anger by their wicked deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was checked.
was credited to him as righteousness
for endless generations to come.
the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord
and trouble came to Moses because of
they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
and rash words came from Moses' lips.
Their ongoing sins of unbelief & idolatry
did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them,
they mingled with the nations
and adopted their customs.
worshipped their idols,
which became a snare to them.
sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to false gods.
shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was desecrated by their
defiled themselves by what they did;
by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
was angry with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.
gave them into the hands of the nations,
and their foes ruled over them.
enemies oppressed them
and subjected them to their power.
times he delivered them,
but they were bent on rebellion
and they wasted away in their sin.
he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;
their sake he remembered his covenant
and out of his great love he relented.
caused all who held them captive
to show them mercy.
3: v.47-48: Concluding Prayers
A Plea for mercy, for the Lord to save them
and gather us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
Call to praise the Lord
be to the Lord
, the God of
from everlasting to everlasting.
all the people say, ‘Amen!'
the Lord .
Comments: As we have commented elsewhere, the failures
of Israel are not unique for every nation in the world
has history it would rather forget. One of God's purposes in raising
up Israel, knowing they would constantly fail [there is almost
not a named person who did not fail in some way], must surely
be to reveal to the world the need that we ALL have of a Saviour.
ALL have sinned and fallen short of God's wonder [Rom 3:23]. A
reminder to Israel but also a reminder to the rest of us.]
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