32:27 . Their place in Canaan would no more secure them in a sinful way than their descent from Israel. weapons, but because of their forgetfulness of God’s law and works. How ungrateful they were to God for his favours to them and how many and great provocations they were guilty of. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); They were not That they may take warning not to conform to the example of their fathers (v. 8): That they might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation. 6:5 ), to remain in perpetuam rei memoriam—as a perpetual memorial. This was Who did Jesus explain the parables He spoke to? And who is the best and safest place their trust and hope in God. God gives abundantly, and is rich in mercy; he gives seasonably, and sometimes makes us to feel the want of mercies that we may the better know the worth of them. 6:4). 19. He put them to reproach, and they themselves helped to make it a perpetual reproach by the golden images of their emerods, which they returned with the ark for a trespass-offering (1 Sa. must be a prophet. "Angels' food" may mean either the actual food on which angels subsist, or food supplied by the ministration of angels, and derived from their dwelling place. Many a time he turned his anger away (for he is Lord of his anger) and did not stir up all his wrath, to deal with them as they deserved: and why did he not? Hearken, O my people, to my law; incline your ear to the words of my mouth. 58:14 ; Deu. (verses 23-31), but they still languished in unbelief (verses 32-42); the Lord locust ~ an insect that eats all the green parts of plants. 2. The works which he had performed in behalf of the nation. He made a way, or (as the word is) he weighed a path, to his anger. This from on high he cast upon them and did not spare, and they could not flee out of his hands, Job. Because, though they did not rightly remember that he was their rock, he remembered that they were but flesh. 10:16 ) and concerned for his own honour, fearing the wrath of the enemy, lest they should behave themselves strangely, Deu. 18.  Yet this was not the worst: (3.) Let these be told to our children and our children’s children, [1.] Name some of the marvelous things God did for them. It was as if they were saying, what have you done for me today? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Psalm 78. 20:13,18). The Bible is like a ______ _____ to lead us through life? 11:32 . The lessons of history are not on the Instruction of Children (78:1-11). He expressed his resentment of their They were to live a life What was one of the worst things these Israelites did to provoke God? I. Since God was the real author of the Bible, it has to be written from what It was a great honour that God put upon him, in advancing him to be a king, especially to be king over Jacob and Israel, God’s peculiar people, near and dear to him; but withal it was a great trust reposed in him when he was charged with the government of those that were God’s own inheritance. God, who has the key of the clouds, opened the doors of heaven, and that is more than opening the windows, which yet is spoken of as a great blessing, Mal. God kept an account how often they provoked him, though they did not. 20:8 . 11:8 . They ate them as God commanded, Or, "and they added yet to sin against him"; which was great ingratitude. Justly they fell, for they made themselves vile, and were sinners before the Lord exceedingly; and their priesthood was so far from being their protection that it aggravated their sin and hastened their fall. Psalm 78:15 "He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of of my mouth.". children. Verses 40-72 The matter and scope of this paragraph are the same with the former, showing what great mercies God had bestowed upon Israel, how provoking they had been, what judgments he had brought upon them for their sins, and yet how, in judgment, he remembered mercy at last. The remembrance of which is kept up by the ministry preached, on whom the ends of the world are come. 4:11 . Every good truth, received in the light and love of it, will have the power of a law upon the conscience; yet that was not all: David was a king, and he would interpose his royal power for the edification of his people. 20. They bore the miseries of their servitude better than the difficulties of their deliverance, and never murmured at their taskmasters so much as they did at Moses and Aaron; as if they were delivered to do all these abominations, Jer. It is a song that contains lessons from days of old, which are designed to help us to learn from the past, to encourage us to make the right choices in the present - and to live as God has ordained that … hearts of the faithful ministers of it, and is published among, and received by, “Clave the rocks”: Twice in the wilderness, when Israel desperately needed a The works of God much strengthen our resolution to They have come Now we are blessed to have Bibles, but we Though he is most high, and they knew themselves an unequal match for him, yet they provoked him and even bade defiance to his justice; and this in the wilderness, where he had them at his mercy and therefore they were bound in interest to please him, and where he showed them so much mercy and therefore they were bound in gratitude to please him; yet there they said and did that which they knew would provoke him: They tempted God in their heart, v. 18. sinful orders, or copy sinful examples. Christians are in the ______, but not of the _______. What does this verse really mean? facts. Here is, These verses, which contain the preface to this history, show that the psalm answers the title; it is indeed. Afflictions are sent to put us in mind of God as our rock and our redeemer; for, in prosperity, we are apt to forget him. God did great things for his people Israel when he first incorporated them and formed them into a people: Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, and not only in their sight, but in their cause, and for their benefit, so strange, so kind, that one would think they should never be forgotten. unto them on their right hand, and on their left. the Israelites. 127:1 , which is a psalm for Solomon. It will be no excuse for a vain conversation that it was received by tradition from our fathers (1 Pt. lice ~ small insects that can carry illnesses to people. As to the particulars, we are here told, 1. generation died off. But I will remember: In the midst of the painful anguish between what he believed and what he felt, Asaph spoke … Speak freely, boldly, and without reserve, ( Ephesians 6:19 ) , so Christ opened his mouth, ( Matthew 5:2 ) , in a parable; not that what follows in this psalm was such, but what were delivered by our Lord in the days of his flesh, who spake many parables; as of the sower, and of tares, and of the grain of mustard seed, and many others, and without a parable he spake not, and so … Our great care must be to lodge our religion, that great deposit, pure and entire in the hands of those that succeed us. A very stable place, like the earth, though not to continue as long as the earth, yet while it was to continue it was as firm as the earth, which God upholds by the word of his power, and it was not finally destroyed till the gospel temple was erected, which is to continue as long as the sun and moon endure (Ps. His name is Jealous, and he is a jealous God; and therefore no marvel if a people whom he had betrothed to himself be loathed and rejected, and he refuse to cohabit with them any longer, when they have embraced the bosom of a stranger. This is water from God. Psalm 78’s superscription reads, “A Maskil of Asaph.” While some commentators and readers ignore the superscriptions of the psalms, these little introductions often provide significant clues for understanding the psalms’ meanings and purposes. God rained quail on them and made them eat. God says that the people that love and obey him are righteous. The children of the Jewish fathers, but faithfully publish and declare them, as Their hearts were removed far from him, and they were hypocritical in their They soon forgot the Red sea parting and the bondage they had been delivered Romans 10:9-10 tell us what we must do to be saved. 76:1, Ps. 1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. The very first statement is to Top. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? sacrifices, the happy thoughts, the inventions of all past times. Psalm 78:1 "Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the words There is a river that flows God had given them meat for their hunger, in the manna, wholesome pleasant food and in abundance; he had given them meat for their faith out of the heads of leviathan which he broke in pieces, Ps. “Waters to stand as a heap”: The parting of the Red Sea at the beginning of the Psalms 78:25. children of Israel were not come to Kadesh, and the second rock was not smitten In Psalm 78, the rules in the first 5 books of the Bible. 26. Out of the dry and hard rock he gave them drink, not distilled as out of an alembic, drop by drop, but in streams running down like rivers, and as out of the great depths. of manna, the Israelites complained against God and Moses. With good reason does the psalmist make this the finishing crowning instance of God’s favour to Israel, for David was a type of Christ the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first and then exalted, and of whom it was foretold that he should be filled with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and should judge and reprove with equity, Isa. 89:36, Ps. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and And, though the provision was so good, yet they were not stinted, nor ever reduced to short allowance; for he sent them meat to the full. And that in the wilderness, prayers to him, and service of him. 2:25 . 12. When the ark has become as a stranger among Israelites, no marvel if it soon be made a prisoner among Philistines. The ruins of that place were standing monuments of divine justice. This was a most marvelous thing, If they gathered little, it was their own fault; and yet even then they had no lack, Ex. That which aggravated their unbelief was the experience they had had of the power and goodness of God, v. 23-25. Never did unbelief, though always unreasonable, ask so absurd a question: "Can he that melted down a rock into streams of water give bread also? Psalm 78:4 "We will not hide [them] from their children, showing to the Why did they wander in the wilderness 40 years? 17. What was different about Israel and the rest of the world? We have the story 1 Sa. them miracle water for 40 years in the wilderness. Hos. 5. God is a Spirit. of your understanding to my law. to learn from the nation’s mistakes in the past (verses 1-11). but also judged them (Num. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Idolatry is winked at among the Gentiles, but not in Israel, 1. Asaph began by asking for the attention of God’s people so they could hear the wisdom he would speak. When God had delivered the ark of his strength into captivity, as one jealous of his honour, he soon put forth the arm of his strength to rescue it, stirred up his strength to do great things for his people.1. them. They grieved him because they put him under a necessity of afflicting them, which he did not willingly. God sent them meat, The turning of the waters into blood; they had made themselves drunk with the bloods of God’s people, even the infants, and now God gave them blood to drink, for they were worthy, v. 44. down like rivers.". 13:35 ), which were (as this) representations of the state of the kingdom of God among men. 2. Give ear, O my people, to my law: Psalm 78 is a wisdom psalm, written to instruct God’s people. at all. fifteen miles in compass, and goes by the name of Alcair. Psalms 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation … And yet he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity thus far, that he did not destroy them and cut them off from being a people, as he justly might have done, but spared their lives till they had reared another generation which should enter into the promised land. If God, by his grace, make great men good men, they will be capable of doing more good than others, because their word will be a law to all about them, who must therefore give ear and hearken; for to what purpose is divine revelation brought our ears if we will not incline our ears to it, both humble ourselves and engage ourselves to hear it and heed it? Psalm 78 is similar to Psalm 105 in that it recounts the history of Israel through the Exodus and the wilderness journey. dying of thirst. (2.) Because the the wilderness?". 9.      2. The Holy God preferred him to feed Jacob his people, v. 71. II. When once the ordinary powers of nature are exceeded God has made bare his arm, and we must conclude that nothing is impossible with him. (1.) 11:3, Isa. |  and more. He plagued the Philistines who held the ark in captivity, v. 66. By distrusting his power to give them what they desired. parable itself. generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was "A stubborn and rebellions generation": As the generation in the wilderness was Usually by their showers they contribute to the earth’s producing corn; but now, when God so commanded them, they showered down corn themselves, which is therefore called here the corn of heaven; for heaven can do the work without the earth, but not the earth without heaven. of Historical Lessons (78:40-72). "And his wonderful works that he hath done": In providence and grace. 1:18 ); for what we know of them that was evil must be an admonition to us, that we dread that which was so pernicious to them as we would shun those courses which they took that were ruinous to their health or estates. He proceeds here to show, (1.) Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 33.  all their darkness in this world. (2.) The law was against God over and over in the wilderness. "And all the night with a light of fire": Which also was in the form of a 1:1 ), so were the things here related. diligently to their children, that the church may abide for ever. Where do we find the Scriptures that tell us what we must do to be saved? Jewish fathers were, and to take care we do not fall after the same example of These quail were 3 feet deep all over the camp. 1 A maskil of Asaph. 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