How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy, When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan; Turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, that they could not drink. He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, And frogs, which destroyed them. He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, And their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycamore trees with frost. He also gave up their cattle to the hail, And their flocks to fiery lightning. He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction among them. He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the plague, And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, The first of their strength in the tents of Ham.
But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And He brought them to His holy border, This mountain which His right hand had acquired. He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Look at the contrasts between these two paragraphs. In the first, the Egyptians challenge the LORD, God, the Almighty; in the second Israel lives as the sheep of His pasture. They recognize His hands working on their behalf. What wilderness did they fear as He leads them through it? Think of their reaction as the bodies of the Egyptian army washed up on the shores of the Red Sea? That sea that they had just crossed with ease, dry shod and well lit! The LORD brought them to His holy mountain and announced to the world that the Israelites were His chosen people.
Are not we, chosen from among the Gentiles, also among the LORD, God, the Almighty's Holy People?
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Morning Psalm 35, Noon Psalm 119:169-176, Evening Psalm 81 .
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.
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