The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them. Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
This paragraph is a quick summary of the verses to follow; a demonstration of the goodness and power of the LORD, God, the Almighty and man's stubborn reaction to His goodness. Why, why did the Israelites react this way, why do we still today?
It all goes back to Eve's belief of Satan's lie in Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."and we still believe and do today.
He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap. In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire. He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths. He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.
The LORD demonstrates His absolute control over the physics of the Creation. Stop and think about the awesomeness of the parting of the Red Sea, not just leaving a
muddy mess to slog through, but dry land. And it was not a rutted country lane as we saw in late spring, but a smooth hard-pack, soothsaving to the feet and restful to the eye. How do I know? Because the LORD, God, the Almighty does all things perfectly.
And Man's reaction? Read on and weep with me.
But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?"
To put it succinctly, GOD BLEW. Imagine this in the terms implied by that simple statement in the light of a Being who said “Let there be and there was...” in all of Creation. Can He provide bread and meat also; that water was nothing. Furious does not begin to express His rage.
Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel, Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation. Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; And by His power He brought in the south wind. He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas; And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings. So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire.
And their own desire led to: “(Numbers 11:33) But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was aroused against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very great plague.” Their own desire and ours continues to lead to a great plague. We call it sin. But the LORD, God's, the Almighty leads to a great mercy, a healing called Salvation; the sacrifice of the Son of God for my sins. Praise His Holy Name.
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Morning Psalm 33, Noon Psalm 119:153-160, Evening Psalm 79 .
Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.
Set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.