A Message in Psalm 78!
This message is to all people - It speaks through the Jewish people who were chosen as an example to the world! Jews are God's chosen - everything they did or everything that happened to them will also happen to the world (who are not God's chosen (except those who have accepted Jesus Christ (Yeshua) the Son of God as their personal saviour). This message applies to ALL!
"O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old-
what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands, They would not be like their forefathers- a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; they did not keep God's covenant and refused to live by his law.
They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. He did miracles in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand firm like a wall. He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.
He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.
But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
They wilfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.They spoke against God, saying, "can God spread a table in the desert? When he struck the rock, water gushed out, and streams flowed abundantly.But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?"
When the Lord heard them, he was very angry; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
He let loose the east wind from the heavens and led forth the south wind by his power. He rained meat down on them like dust, flying birds like sand on the seashore. He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents. They ate till they had more than enough, for he had given them what they craved. But before they turned from the food they craved, even while it was still in their mouths, God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.
In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe. So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror.
Whenever God slew them they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again. They remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was the redeemer.
But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.
Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
How often they rebelled against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland!
Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power - the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.
He turned their rivers to blood; they could not drink from their streams. He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them. He gave their crops to the grasshopper, their produce to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
He gave over their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning, He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility- a band of destroying angels.He prepared a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death but gave them over to the plague. He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.
But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the desert.
He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed their enemies. Thus he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken. He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes. Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow. They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols. When God heard them, he was very angry; he rejected Israel completely. He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among men. He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his sp-lendour into the hands of the enemy.
He gave his people over to the sword; he was very angry with his inheritance.
Fire consumed their young men, and their maidens had no wedding songs; their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.
THEN THE LORD AWOKE AS FROM SLEEP, As a man wakes from the stupor of wine.
He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.
Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved. He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.
He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them."
This is a summary of the events throughout history and the last passage describes Christ's role as the Great Shepherd of his people.
The summary takes you through the biblical events of the Israelites and how they experienced God's wonders and miracles and his gifts and grace, yet it was not enough to sustain their loyalty and faithfulness towards God. They were so weak-willed that they soon forgot his mighty acts.
As human beings we all get entangled in our own life difficulties and pressures, often we call on God when we find ourselves in a crisis but as soon as that crisis passes by we forget about God. Yet if our children or our partners treated us this way we would feel so hurt and rejected or angry and perhaps want to strike out. Yet people of this world expect God to stand back and ignore what is done! God says he is a jealous God. Now imagine how you would feel if your loved ones, who you loved unconditionally and showered with gifts, treating them to nice things and sacrificing your own desires in order to please them; if after all this they turned from you to someone who is wicked, who gives them nothing but grief, but they idolise them, would you not be upset? That is what God has endured for thousands of years because he loves us and desires for us to become holy and worthy companions.
All of these events that took place in the passages above, demonstrate how God was let down time and time again by his people but 7 times 7 he forgave them and still provided their needs, but then when they demonstrated a total lack of faith, a lack of love for him and a rebellious heart, then was the time he sent his anger upon them. We have entered that period again! The time when God will pour out his wrath upon a rebellious generation.
I know I have been guilty of being ungrateful, of not appreciating his gifts! I have taken for granted the helping hand God has provided during times of need. I have also seen God working his miracles and wonders in my life. I have been healed by him many times, and saved from death many times. If I did not get my own way, like a child I stamped my feet!
I can admit my failings and weakness as I kneel before My Lord and Saviour -The Great Shepherd - requesting his forgiveness for my foolishness,
I can admit to my failings and cry tears of repentance at the mistakes I have made and how I must have hurt him time and time again!
I have been broken many times, reached rock bottom many times, laid in the slough of despondency and doubt many times, but through My Saviour and God's grace and mercy;
A Mighty hand of love just picks me up knowing I am weak yet longing to serve and do what is right before His eyes, that hand of love is there for all! It is warm and loving and never ending! It is big enough to hold me and You!
In these last days the Almighty God has sent us a shepherd who will guide the sheep through the valleys and over the hills until they reach the promised land!
For all those who have doubted, denied, ignored and rejected God's gift of salvation through his son The Christ, It is not to late. Just pray for Yeshua to come into your life and dwell with you, ask to be born anew! Ask for the wisdom and knowledge and discernment to understand the word of God and the things to come so that you may be equipped in understanding of what is to come so that you may stand on a strong firm foundation grounded in the rock and cornerstone - Jesus Christ ( Yeshua Ha Mashiach)! Amen