Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PSALM 106 continued...


The call around our house is, "When are we going camping?"  It is not enough to have sent him to a men's retreat, two teen camps, and a youth group retreat; he's holding out for a family camping experience.  We may be able to squeeze it in before school starts with a trip to the coast,, but he's a pretty busy boy!  The longest camping trip in our family's experience was three weeks; we unwound, but we had enough of it by then and were ready to get back to civilization.

The story of the Hebrew children in the wilderness is not a pretty picture.  They got tired of camping.  They strayed.  They grumbled and gave up on God.  Sadly, scarily, it is a picture of our society today as we have exchanged our glory, have exchanged the truth of God for a lie.  Are we supposed to read the Scriptures as if they have no relevance to us today?  I don't thinks so.  Is it not a warning for us?  Yes.

"They made a calf in Horeb,
And worshiped a molten image.
Thus they exchanged their glory
For the image of an ox that eats grass.
They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
Wonders in the land of Ham,
And awesome things by the Red Sea.
Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had not Moses His chosen one
stood in the breach before Him,
To turn away His wrath from destroying them."
(verse 19-23)

"They exchanged their glory..."

Once upon a time they cried out, "Remember me," to God.
Now they forgot Him and the wonders and awesome things He had done.
Moses is a type of Christ standing in the gap between God and sinful man.
Compare this to Romans 1:18ff)

"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie..."
He exchanged His life for a cross to save us from the consequences of sin.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.  For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful, and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such thing are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them." 
What part of this do we not believe?

In case you wondered why the wrath of God was just a hare's breath away from destroying them like He did with the flood, like He did with Sodom and Gomorrah, here's the list.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.  Then it became a slide down to the dark pit.  Are we there yet in our society? We have skipped down the list in our society to become those who also give hearty approval to those who practice them and make it a big part of our political agenda and a liberal party's platform.  I think the lowest part of the recent DNC was giving the microphone to a self-professed a child molester who has published the story of herself as the  incestuous perpetrator.  Hmm.  It is not enough to embrace LGT--and I forget the rest of the initials--but are we expected to embrace this as well?  Our Christian colleges are on the verge of being forced by law to give up their godly principles by taking a stand against this or not be able to accept students scholarship money.  What about freedom of religion?  It is under attack. 

They are precious in His sight.

"They sacrificed their sons and daughters unto devils.
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,
whom they sacrificed unto the idols..."

"But all heathen had human sacrifices; of this their history is full..."And went whoring, by fornication, whoredom and adultery...Besides being false to the true God, to whom they are represented as betrothed and married, (and their acts were breaches of this solemn engagement,) the worship of idols was frequently accompanied with various acts of impurity.(Adam Clarke)

We call our human sacrifice abortion.  Our society has done it by the millions.  Margaret Sangor is the mother of Planned Parenthood, much admired by Hillary Clinton, and she had her own  women's league of KKK to promote the plan to exterminate blacks and any inferior members that brought down the supreme white race.  It is also the product of those who "went a whoring." (verse 39)  Where do we think these unwanted babies come from? 

The result of rebellion is usually being given over to the hand of the enemy.  Our enemy is more open and blatant than ever before.  There are those without and within our country who openly want nothing more than to wipe us out and install their own religious caliphate .  I read last week in a "USA Today," a liberal paper, in an article by a Syrian, that there are now more Syrians in Germany than there are in Syria.  Because of this mass emigration and threat, even Switzerland gun purchases have risen over 50% this year alone, it was reported in this same paper.  It won't be long until most of the European nations will be outnumbered in their population if you compare the Muslim's population growth compared to the European's.  A majority of Muslim's believe that Sharia Law takes precedent over any other law of the land.  This is true in America as well.  This is what the DNC Muslim Congressman speaker Khan has published himself in Islamic papers.  In this way, we are promoting this in our own country by holding such figures up.  This should scare us stiff!  But...

Need some good news about now?

"Nevertheless He looked upon their distress,
When He heard their cry
And He remembered His covenant for their sake,
And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
He also made them objects of compassion
In the presence of all their captors. 
Save us, O Lord our God...
To give thanks to Thy holy name,
And glory in Thy praise.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting to everlasting..."
(verses 44-48)

Even though "they were rebellious against His Spirit...and mingled with the nations, and learned their practices..." He was merciful because that's His nature. Blessed be the Lord!
(verses 33, 35)

Even though we may become weary in doing good, enduring
this camping trip we're on, since this world is not our home,
and we are strangers and pilgrims,
We've read the end of the Book and know who wins!
So take heart, Pilgrim,
the Promised Land is just ahead.

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