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ARTICLE ... ANOTHER LESSON FROM PSALM 136, VERSEs 21 and 22 ...
(TOMORROW, the lord willing,
"for" Israel as she leaves Egypt and heads toward Canaan,
the Promised Land. Like Psalm 124: 1 says, Israel could truly
testify: "If it had not been the
Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; if it had not
been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against
us, then they had swallowed us up quick." Oh, yes!
specifically names two ancient Kings God "killed," heathen Kings
indeed, who fought against Israel. One named Og, King of Bashan
and the other called Sihon, King of the Amorites.
But then what
did God do?
As a "token"
of His Mercy?
Verses tell us. "And (the Lord) gave their
land (Og's and Sihon's) for an heritage: for his mercy
endureth for ever: even an heritage unto Israel his
servant: for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalm
"gave" land away, to Israel?
owns all the earth!
here thunders: "The
earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world,
and they that dwell therein."
Thus He can take from one
and give to another!
But God owns
even more! "For every beast of the forest
is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills."
then Psalm 136 says: "And (God) gave their
land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy
endureth for ever."
"heritage" can at times just mean a "possession" or a bit of
"property," but more often it means "acquisition," or even
"inheritance." God "took" the land and passed it along to Israel
The fact that
Israel is here a "servant," an "ebed" in Hebrew, a common slave,
enhances the fact that she is placed in the "Will" of Almighty
God! He has bequeathed to her land! Lots of land!
By the way,
God, if Jesus Christ is your personal Saviour, provides for you
as well! If you love God and live for Him ... Philippians 4:19
is true. "God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Mercy,
what a promise!
humble we become in our Lord's service ... the more He will
ultimately exalt us, according to Scripture!
Let Him fight
He can defeat
your "Ogs" and "Sihons" and "Devils" ... your "Pharaoh's" ...
and give you their land!
"meek" shall inherit the earth! As Psalm 37:11 clearly promises.
And as Jesus preached in Matthew 5:5. "Blessed
are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
13:22 says this, a principle neatly illustrated in today's Psalm
136 verses: "A good man leaveth an
inheritance to his children's children:
and the wealth of the
sinner is laid up for the just."
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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