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TODAY'S NEW bible STUDY ARTICLE ... ANOTHER LESSON FROM PSALM 136,  VERSE 15 ...

(TOMORROW, the lord willing, VERSE 16)

Today we conclude the "Exodus" paragraph of Psalm 136. We've been in verses 10-15 for several days now! But finally wicked Pharaoh gets his just due!

Look what God did! "But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalm 136:15

The verb "overthrew" is spelled "naar" in Hebrew and means "to toss to and fro!" Almost "to shake to pieces!" It is translated "overthrew" twice in the Old Testament as well. And "naar" is only used a total of 11 times in the whole Bible!

The noun "host" is "chayil" and means "army" 56 times in Scripture! God caused this King and all his army to drown in the Red Sea!

Why?

Because the Lord's Mercy is unending!

He was being "good" to Israel that day!

He was judging sin and rebellion that day, too! Another merciful thing, by the way. "But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever."

The Book of Exodus records this event as follows. "And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. Exodus 14:22-18, quite an overthrow, still using the verb "naar," same as Psalm 136.

The "Exodus" event as described here is vitally important to the plan of God. The Lord treats Israel with great care, Israel that one day will bring Jesus into the world! Mary, the Virgin Birth!

Again and again the Bible refers to the freeing of these people, God's people, from slavery, from bondage in Egypt.

Hosea 11:1 comes to mind. "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."

But especially in the Book of Psalms is the "Exodus" celebrated! Dozens of times.

Some even believe that one of the New Testament Gospels, Mark specifically, is built around the Exodus theme!

Here's my "point" today. If God can conquer an enemy as great as Pharaoh, can decimate something as mighty as an army ... He can take care of you too, dear friend!

And Moses, who personally saw the deaths of this impressive man and his army ... would pray hereafter every morning: "Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee." Numbers 10:35

An enemy-free day!

That's much like the Lord's Prayer, the model Prayer Jesus gave us. "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Matthew 6:13, where victory is promised.

Yes, God did! "But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever." 

Thanks be unto Him forever.

               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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