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March 3, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Deuteronomy 11-13
Audio: Deuteronomy 11-13

Psalm 83 (ESV)

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not keep silence;
    do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
    those who hate you have raised their heads.
They lay crafty plans against your people;
    they consult together against your treasured ones.
They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
    let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
For they conspire with one accord;
    against you they make a covenant—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
    Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Asshur also has joined them;
    they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

Do to them as you did to Midian,
    as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at En-dor,
    who became dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
    of the pastures of God.”

13 O my God, make them like whirling dust,
    like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest,
    as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them with your tempest
    and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 Fill their faces with shame,
    that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
    let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may know that you alone,
    whose name is the Lord,
    are the Most High over all the earth.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Warfare

    Today's psalm is the final psalm of Asaph. As the King James Study Bible notes, "Nowhere in the Old Testament is there such an assortment of enemies arrayed against the nation, with the possible exception of a similar group that opposed Jehoshaphat (2 Chr. 20:1–12)." 

    Did you know there are nearly 100 wars mentioned in the Bible?

    Below is a list of all the battles in the Bible – compiled by from Mike Southon, a lecturer at Youthworks College:

    https://loveandlight.church/All-Battles-In-The-Bible-Mike-Southon.pdf

    NOTE: I have not verified every entry in this document! 

    Even since the fall of mankind in The Garden, we have been at war against God and one another. But God also commanded Israel to war against other nations:

    1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."

    1 Samuel 15:18 "And the Lord sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed."

    Joshua 4:13 "About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the Lord for battle, to the plains of Jericho."

    Numbers 31:2 "Avenge the people of Israel on the Midianites. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people."

    Deuteronomy 20:16-17 "But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, 17 but you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded"

    Some people mistakenly believe war is always wrong (which is obviously not true as we see God commanding war against people and God is never wrong). Many also wrongly believe Jesus was a pacifist (despite what is written in Revelation 19:11-21)…

    "Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

    17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

    While Jesus commands His followers to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44), that does not mean we are never to fight against evil as a nation or protect our loved ones from harm. 

    Ecclesiastes 3:8 says there is "time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."

    Our natural disposition towards everyone should be love. But it is out of love that we protect people from harm. While we are not to seek revenge for wrongdoing (Romans 12:19) defending those who can't defend themselves against evil is godly. 


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Because You Are Jesus" by Robert Hawker

    "Why have I found grace in your eyes? Precious Jesus! The only answer is, because you are—and you will be—Jesus.

    Lord, I bow down to the dust of the earth, remembering my vileness and your unspeakable glory. Surely I may look to you, in the opening and close of every day, and every month, as the sure and steadfast anchor of my soul.

    You have been to me, and you will always be, what you have been to all your redeemed: a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans) 

  2. "And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths." Zechariah 14:12

    Verse 6 mentions the Ishmaelites as enemies of Israel. Ishmaelites — today's Muslims — are the descendants of Ishmael, the son who was born of Abraham and Hagar when Abraham and Sarah did not believe God could possibly bring forth a son — promised by God — by Sarah's old, barren womb. We know the story. After the birth of Ishmael by Sarah’s servant, Hagar, God did give Sarah and Abraham a son — and his name was Isaac.

    The Hebrews/Jews, David, and our Lord Jesus are descended from Abraham through Isaac (Matthew 1:1-17 – the genealogy of Jesus). 

    To this day, the descendants of Ishmael and the descendants of Isaac have been at war over the land of Israel (so-named because Jacob, the son of Isaac, was named Israel — Genesis 32:28), and especially over Jerusalem. Both believe they, as descendants of Abraham, have been given the land by God. But even more importantly, both believe Jerusalem is given by God as the center of their worship of Him, and both believe the buildings they have built there are places of worship.

    The Jews who do not believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah believe their temple must be rebuilt in Jerusalem, and on the temple mount, so the Messiah will return.

    On top of the temple mount, though, where the temple once stood, the Muslims have built the Al-Aqsa Mosque — the third holiest site in Islam.

    But we know there is a new Jerusalem coming!!

    "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'” Revelation 21:1-4 

    If you remember, Jesus said that the temple, once destroyed, would be rebuilt in three days. He was referring to Himself, and to His death and resurrection (John 2:18-22). Christians worship God through Christ, wherever we are. Christians know we do not need cities and land and buildings to worship God. And Christians know there is a new Jerusalem coming.

    Christians today have a mandate as gospel-givers and gospel-proclaimers to carry the gospel to every nation, and that includes the Jews and Muslims. God wants all men to be reconciled to Him and then to one another through Christ — the Prince of Peace. Only the gospel can bring peace and reconciliation between the descendants of the two brothers Isaac and Ishmael.

    Today I pray for the ministries and missionaries who are taking the gospel to Muslims and Jews. 

  3. Psalm 83: 16-18 really stood out to me, as this is something I include in my daily prayers. 

    As an addict, I remember waking up dope sick, wondering where my next fix was coming from, if it would come at all, or would I spend the day in physical distress, sometimes at work. It was awful; I was a slave to it. 

    Now I pray everyday that other addicts would be so desperate in having hit their bottom that the only way to reach was up, to God. I pray that they will find help before that eventual hot-shot comes.  

    I remember the years and years of agony, and it makes my stomach turn. I can't bear to think of anyone else suffering that way. 

     

     

    1. It was certainly a brutal life and I, like you, am grateful to have been delivered from such bondage.

      Keep praying and looking for opportunities to share the gospel.

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