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ARTICLE ... ANOTHER LESSON FROM PSALM 136, VERSE 15 ...
(TOMORROW, the lord willing, VERSE 16)
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."
"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!
"host" is "chayil" and means "army" 56 times in Scripture! God
caused this King and all his army to drown in the Red
Lord's Mercy is unending!
He was being
"good" to Israel that day!
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
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
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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