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ARTICLE ... ANOTHER LESSON FROM PSALM 136, VERSE 11 ...
(TOMORROW, the lord willing, VERSE 12)
unfolds an amazing list of God's great acts! From Creation to
His Protection of His people, all of which are based on our
Lord's great Mercy. Lately we've noticed how God delivered the
Jews from Egypt. "Giving thanks" is implied before each verse!
him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy
endureth for ever. And brought out Israel from among them:
for his mercy endureth for ever: with a strong hand, and
with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for
ever. To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy
endureth for ever: and made Israel to pass through the
midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: but
overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy
endureth for ever."
Verses 10-15 inclusively,
with today's clause completely capitalized, verse 11.
indeed brought Israel out of Egypt!
"Out from among them," precisely.
"brought out" is interesting, spelled "yatzsa" in Hebrew. It's
very common in Scripture, being used a total of 1,069 times. It
is translated "to bring out" (as here) around 20 of those times.
written in Psalm 136:11 as a "causative" verb, implying that
there is a "reason" God has done this! Give thanks to Him Who
"brought out" Israel from among
them, the Egyptians. And what is this reason? The verse tells
us, "for His Mercy endureth for ever."
Name's Sake," might be another way of expressing this thought!
An exact expression occurring 30 times in the Bible!
He is worthy!
I suspected that "brought out" here might be a "passive voice"
verb, but it isn't. God is the subject, not Israel! And God
"brought" them out! Active voice!
preposition (to us in English anyway) "among" is "tavek" in
Hebrew, simply meaning "in the midst." From the land of Goshen,
in other words. That's the area of Egypt where the Jews as a
Family lived. "Goshen" means "drawing near!" God led them
"away," far away, from the land of "drawing near!"
And that Same
God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, often leads us "away"
from places we've "drawn near" as well! As in 2 Corinthians
out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and
touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and
will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
thankful we should be that God so "leads" His children!
"bringing out" the Psalmist recounts involves a lot of people
too! Israel was "counted" not many months hence and she numbered
just over 600,00 young men ready to fight in her army! Total
population then, at least 2,000,000 most Bible teachers say!
That's a huge
"bringing out," folks! "And brought out
Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever."
to do something like this yet again!
returns to get His Own children!
All who are
succinctly words it this way. "The Lord
himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in
Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught
up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in
the air." Word for word, King James Version, 1
"groups" of people!
How can we
respond to these truths any other way? The preamble to Psalm 136
supplies the perfect answer! "O give
thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy
endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for
his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of
lords: for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalm
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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