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(TOMORROW, the lord willing, VERSE 12)

Psalm 136 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! "To 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.

Yes, He indeed brought Israel out of Egypt!

"Out from among them," precisely.

The verb "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.

"Yatzsa" is 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."

"For His Name's Sake," might be another way of expressing this thought! An exact expression occurring 30 times in the Bible!

He is worthy!

Additionally, 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!

The 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!"

That's ironic!

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 6:17-18. "Come 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." Wow!

Oh, how thankful we should be that God so "leads" His children!

This "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."

Guess what?

God's going to do something like this yet again!

When He returns to get His Own children!

All who are saved!

Paul 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 Thessalonians 4:16-17

"Caught up together!"

"Brought out"

Two different "groups" of people!

But the "same" Lord!

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 136:1-3


                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell


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