What Are We Passing on…? Psalm 78

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Listen, my people, to my teaching;

turn your ears to the words from my mouth.

I will speak to you in parables

and explain mysteries from days of old.

The things which we have heard and known,

and which our fathers told us

we will not hide from their descendants;

we will tell the generation to come

the praises of Adonai and his strength,

the wonders that he has performed.

He raised up a testimony in Ya‘akov

and established a Torah in Isra’el.

He commanded our ancestors

to make this known to their children,

so that the next generation would know it,

the children not yet born,

who would themselves arise

and tell their own children,

who could then put their confidence in God,

not forgetting God’s deeds,

but obeying his mitzvot.

Then they would not be like their ancestors,

a stubborn, rebellious generation,

a generation with unprepared hearts,

with spirits unfaithful to God.

a stubborn, rebellious generation, a generation with unprepared hearts, with spirits unfaithful to God.  A generation like today. A nation in the process of turning its back on God, a nation more and more unfaithful to God, to the principles upon which it was built.  A nation who is losing its position in the world as a beacon of light in the darkness. A nation looking at the rest of the world and wanting to be like them…  This is not new, there are consequences that follow when this path is taken.  We’ve been here before; perhaps not as a nation but as a people it is recorded for us to read about and learn from, to take note and avoid the same consequences that have fallen on others who took this path.

The people of Efrayim, though armed with bows and arrows,

turned their backs on the day of battle.

10 They did not keep the covenant of God

and refused to live by his Torah.

11 They forgot what he had done,

his wonders which he had shown them.

He had done wonderful things

in the presence of their ancestors

in the land of Egypt,

in the region of Tzo‘an.

13 He split the sea and made them pass through,

he made the waters stand up like a wall.

14 He also led them by day with a cloud

and all night long with light from a fire.

15 He broke apart the rocks in the desert

and let them drink as if from boundless depths;

16 yes, he brought streams out of the rock,

making the water flow down like rivers.

17 Yet they sinned still more against him,

rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High;

18 in their hearts they tested God

by demanding food that would satisfy their cravings.

19 Yes, they spoke against God by asking,

“Can God spread a table in the desert?

20 True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out,

until the vadis overflowed;

but what about bread? Can he give that?

Can he provide meat for his people?”

21 Therefore, when Adonai heard, he was angry;

fire blazed up against Ya‘akov;

his anger mounted against Isra’el;

22 because they had no faith in God,

no trust in his power to save.

23 So he commanded the skies above

and opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down man on them as food;

he gave them grain from heaven —

25 mortals ate the bread of angels;

he provided for them to the full.

26 He stirred up the east wind in heaven,

brought on the south wind by his power,

27 and rained down meat on them like dust,

birds flying thick as the sand on the seashore.

28 He let them fall in the middle of their camp,

all around their tents.

29 So they ate till they were satisfied;

he gave them what they craved.

30 They were still fulfilling their craving,

the food was still in their mouths,

31 when the anger of God rose up against them

and slaughtered their strongest men,

laying low the young men of Isra’el.

 So they ate till they were satisfied; he gave them what they craved. They were still fulfilling their craving, the food was still in their mouths,  when the anger of God rose up against them and slaughtered their strongest men, laying low the young men of Isra’el. Consequences for asking? No. Consequences for mouths that spoke deception and rebellion.  Even while they are being blessed they turn their hearts from God.  Our nation, even while it is blessed is turning its heart from God.  Evil is growing unchecked in our actions, our laws, our words.  We do not demonstrate the principles of a loving people connected with God.  We argue, engage in name calling even while our mouths are full of the blessing of God.  We support those who call for the spilling of innocent blood for profit; those who celebrate the perversion of God’s creation; those who advocate the destruction of God’s places of worship and the destroying of His Word.  Consequences will fall that are not pleasant; that will decrease our numbers.  The examples that have gone before us are written down and yet we continue with our mouths full of his blessing to turn our hearts from Him.

Still, they kept on sinning

and put no faith in his wonders.

33 Therefore, he ended their days in futility

and their years in terror.

34 When he brought death among them, they would seek him;

they would repent and seek God eagerly,

35 remembering that God was their Rock,

El ‘Elyon their Redeemer.

36 But they tried to deceive him with their words,

they lied to him with their tongues;

37 for their hearts were not right with him,

and they were unfaithful to his covenant.

38 Yet he, because he is full of compassion,

forgave their sin and did not destroy;

many times he turned away his anger

and didn’t rouse all his wrath.

39 So he remembered that they were but flesh,

a wind that blows past and does not return.

Therefore, he ended their days in futility and their years in terror. When he brought death among them, they would seek him; they would repent and seek God eagerly,  remembering that God was their Rock, El ‘Elyon their Redeemer. But they tried to deceive him with their words, they lied to him with their tongues;  for their hearts were not right with him, and they were unfaithful to his covenant. This we see today among believers and unbelievers alike.  There are the unfaithful who use words to try to placate a God who demands holiness. God is not mocked; He is not a God of our own making.  He has told us who He is and what He does.  Do not be deceived, there will be much sorrow to pay for our lack to stand as our forefathers stood.  We sit behind doors and talk, talk, talk.  We even join in prayer but our hearts are not in it.  But they tried to deceive him with their words, they lied to him with their tongues; for their hearts were not right with him, and they were unfaithful to his covenant.  How do we know?  One indicator is the voting, another is the language on social media.  There is shaming and name-calling.  This is not a generation who loves their God and their neighbor. It is all too evident in how they treat one another.

Yet he, because he is full of compassion, forgave their sin and did not destroy; any times he turned away his anger and didn’t rouse all his wrath. So he remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that blows past and does not return. The destruction of the pandemic could be much worse.  The coming destruction of our systems of government and laws could be much worse.  The destroying of our economy could be much worse.  We have a God who is also full of compassion. He recognizes we are fragile, a wind that blows past and does not return.

The signs are all around us.  We seem to have forgotten how to read the signs as Christ instructed us to do.  There are those among us putting out the call to repent and change, to fast and pray, to ask in the name of Jesus for deliverance in our land; the move of the Spirit of God on the hearts and souls of men. The question is who of these are you?  What do your words indicate? What does your vote, although private it’s not hidden from the eyes of God, say about your heart? What is your stand; what does it look like?  Are you praying from the heart not just words with no desire to change? Time to take inventory of the soul.  What are we passing on to our generations that follow?

Scripture taken from: Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

From <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2078&version=CJB>

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