Wednesday, May 25, 2016

God's Treasured Ones
God's Hidden Ones
(verse 3)

"God's people are His hidden ones. 
Their life is hid with Christ in God. 
God takes them under His special protection,
hides them in the hollow of His hand.
They resolve to destroy those whom God resolves to preserve.
"Thy enemies make a tumult."
They are noisy in their clamours. 
This comes in as a reason why Gods should not keep silence:
"The enemies talk big and talk much; 'Lord, let them not talk all,
but doth Thou speak to them in Thy wrath.'"
(Matthew Henry)

"O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and,
O God, do not be still.
For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have exalted themselves.
They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against
Your treasured ones.
They have said, 'Come let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.'"
(Psalm 85:1-4 NASV)

Just like today, the enemies of Israel line up and join together and pledge to wipe it from the face of the earth.  Like Adam Clarke says, "Suppose the continental powers should join together to subjugate Britain, and destroy the Protestant religion:--is there a Christian in the land that would not be justified in meeting them with the same or similar execrations?  On the knees of my soul would I offer every one of them to God against such invaders."
The scheme against the Jews was by eight to ten nations covenanting together to wipe them out.  Sound familiar, like you just read it in the newspaper or heard it on Fox News?  Here it was led by the Ammonites and Moabites, the children of Lot, and strangers of Syria, like the Ishmaelites and Assyrians.  Boy, Abraham, you really created a mess with your relatives and out-of -covenant child, Ishmael.  Nowadays the invaders who are fighting in Syria are still the Ishmaelites, ISIS, and others whose hatred to Israel runs deep through over two thousand years.  Hmm.  So which side should we take?  Shouldn't we be crazily pro-Israel?  What would have happened to the Jews and the world if we had not stepped in during World War II?  It was unspeakable as it was, yet it could have been worse, much worse, which is still being threatened today.

How Hitler got the masses to follow him.

The Psalmist, in the words of Adam Clarke says, "Do not be inactive: DO NOT BE NEUTER. (My choice of capitalization over this unusual term.) Thy honor and our existence are both at stake."

Adam Clarke says, there are three particulars of their punishment.
1. Flight
2. Terror
3.  Shame

"So pursue them with Your tempest
And terrify them with Your storm."
(verse 15 NASV)

Verse 16 is, however, amazingly quite redemptive after all the previous verses wishes for destruction:
"Fill their faces with dishonor,
that they may seek Your name, O Lord.
Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever...
That they may know that You alone,
whose name is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth."
(verses 15-18)

"The spirit of this prayer is,--
1.  If they will not seek Thee and be converted;
let them be confounded in their attempts against Thy people.
2. If they will not acknowledge Thee, let them be utterly routed and overthrown. 
Let them be put to shame, and perish!"
(Adam Clarke)

The bottom line is that God is to be revered and honored.  That is what we are to be about,
knowing God, the Most High over all the earth.

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