Psalms 61-62

Psalms  61-62

Chapter 61: Shelter in the Lord

To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.

                David finds shelter with the Lord, he says that from the end of the earth will he cry unto the Lord “…when my heart is overwhelmed…” (Psalms 61:2)

How many times do we feel overwhelmed? Everyone at some point in their life will feel like everything is coming down around them. We must lean to the Lord for his shelter, comfort and guidance. But even David knows that this comes with a price, we must keep our covenants and promises with the Lord.

Chapter 62: God= Rock and Salvation

To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.

                David knows that God is the only one he should put his trust in. He says that the Lord is…

                “…my rock and my salvation…” (Psalms 62:6)

                “…the rock of my strength…” (Psalms 62:7)

                He goes on to say that you should “Trust in him at all times…” (Psalms 62:8)

David ends by saying that if “…riches increase, se not your heart upon them.” (Psalms 62:10) Notice how it isn’t bad to have riches? I know plenty of people that have millions of dollars and you would never expect that they had so much. Yet, these people live very modest lifestyles and give freely! Because we know that being “saved” in the sense of being saved from this physical presence is FREE, that is what Jesus died for, and so we could have the opportunity to return with God. In a way you could say he unlocked the door for us, but in order to open it we must do good works (see Psalms 62:12)

 

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Deuteronomy 31-32

Deuteronomy 31-32

Chapter 31: Be Strong and of Good Courage

Moses gathers the congregation of Israel and announces that he is old; 120 years old. He tells the congregation to “Be strong and of a good courage…” (Deuteronomy 31:6). The Lord knows that the Israelites will be tempted and do all manner of wickedness, especially in the last days (verse 29)… so he commands Moses to reveal the book of law, which shall be read every seven years at the feast of the tabernacle and shall be “…a witness against thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:26), essentially saying that ignorance is not an option, seeing as the Lord has provided many ways to know of his commandments.

Moses tells the Israelites that in the last days people will hide their face from the Lord and abandon him… and then when trouble comes… they will ask WHERE IS GOD? (verse 17). This evil WILL happen in the “Latter Days” (verse 29).

Chapter 32: The Rock of Salvation

Israel sings the song of Moses; announcing that God speaks to the heavens and the earth. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

The foolish and unwise shall be ungrateful for the hand of the Lord in their lives, for those who don’t know or are doubting “Remember the days of old, consider the ears of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell they.” (Deuteronomy 32:7)

                Israel was known in the pre-existence and chosen in this life by God to be his people. But they forgot the Rock of their Salvation and because of this the Lord sent terror, war and vengeance upon them.

Moses speaks of the nations in the latter days (our current times) that they would be nations “…void of counsel… oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end” (Deuteronomy 32:28-29). Moses is saying that the nations and people in the last days won’t consider the truth and will become unwise, following after their own will and not of God’s will.

The Lord speaks of his almighty power; “…I kill, and I make alive; I would and I heal…” (Deuteronomy 32:39) There is NO other god before the Lord.

Numbers 19-20

Numbers 19-20

Chapter 19: Sprinkling Water = Clean Sin!

Directions are given on how to sacrifice a red heifer (red cow). In the ceremony, water is used as a purification of sin. Ceremonially people who are unclean are “sprinkled” with water to be clean.

I am guessing that this ceremony might have some aspects wrapped up into baptism, and quite possibly where the Catholics started sprinkling water in baptism, instead of by immersion.

Chapter 20: Water from a Rock

The congregation of Israel is wandering through the Desert of Zin, when they run out of water and start to murmur against Moses and Aaron. While there in Kadesh Miriam dies.

Moses and Aaron go to the tabernacle and pray to God. God tells Moses to gather the congregation and then smite a rock and they will have water. So Moses smacks a rock two time and water comes flowing out of it. (See Verses: 8-11).

Moses asks the king of Edom for permission to pass through his land and he refuses to give them permission. Aaron dies and Eleazar becomes the new high priest.