August 11

Psalm 90, 92

Psalm 91 is a Psalm of divine protection. The author is not named but tradition has it as Moses was the author. There are many explicit promises given in this Psalm and they are all wonderful and to be believed, memorized and meditated upon and to be stood upon by the believer and I do. But it is the last three verses of the Psalm that stand out to me today. You see there are three different persons in this Psalm, the speaker (Psalm 91:1, 2), the one he is speaking to (Psalm 91:3-13), and then the LORD speaks (Psalm 91:14-16). It is what the Lord speaks that is most important to me today. Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”    

 

Romans 11:1-21

In our reading today we have a warning to the Gentiles in the Body of Christ concerning their view of Israel (Romans 11:13). Some have taught that God was through with Israel and that the Church replaced Israel. Really? The first 9 chapters of the book of Acts deals with a church that is 99.9% Jewish. Paul warns us not to boast against the branches, the Jews who have not accepted Christ and as a result were broken off because of unbelief (Romans 11:18-20). In Romans 11:16 Paul refers to Israel as a holy firstfruit, a holy lump and holy branches ( Romans 11:16). Yes, everyone including Jews have to accept Christ to be in Covenant with God and go to heaven (Acts 13:38, 39). But all the faithful Jewish men and women who lived up until the time of Christ are holy and we need to follow their example (Hebrews 11). Saints, we are the ones from the east and the west who will “sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 8:11).  

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