August 16

Psalm 105, 106

In our reading today we see God remembering the covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21 concerning the land of Canaan. “O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 105:7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 105:11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance”(Psalm 105:6-11). In verse 8 the Psalmist writes it is commanded for “a thousand generations”, which is about 20,000 years, but actually as the Psalmists writes in verse 10, it is an everlasting Covenant. The Hebrew word translated everlasting means “time out of mind, eternal, without end. So all those folks that have a problem with Israel being there had better get used to it because they are never leaving.  

 

Romans 15:1-21

In our reading today Paul establishes that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, meaning He ministered under the Old Covenant to confirm the promises to the Fathers (Romans 15:8). He then goes into citing examples to prove that it was God’s design all the while to include the Gentiles in the plan of salvation, which is also confirming the promises. He begins by citing either Psalm 18:49 or  2 Samuel 22:50 “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.” He continues to a passage in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.” He then cites a verse from Psalms, Psalm 117:1 “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” And he finishes up with a verse from Isaiah,  Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isn’t  it fascinating that all those verses were referring to the New Covenant, that when David was writing and singing the Psalm listed in 2 Samuel 22:50, when He wrote, “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name”;  he meant that the heathen would be giving thanks and praising the LORD’s name also. 

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