“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/ Psalm 105, “O Give Thanks Unto THE LORD,” cont’d

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“Let The Church Say Amen,”  Andrae Crouch featuring Marvin Winans 

Psalm 105, A Psalm of Praise (compare Psalm 113), focuses on the positive experiences of Israel in their early history.  Contrast Psalm 106, which reviews the same period of history but with an emphasis on the faithlessness of the people.  This Poem Celebrates GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM IN THE LIVES OF HIS PEOPLE.  The People Needed To Remember To Be FAITHFUL TO GOD, WHO HAD NEVER FORGOTTEN TO BE FAITHFUL TO THEM.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.  

“O Give Thanks Unto THE LORD,” cont’d, Psalm 105:8) HE HATH REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT FOR EVER, THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS.  Luke 1:72.  9) WHICH COVENANT HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM, AND HIS OATH UNTO ISAAC;  Genesis 22:16; Hebrews 6:17.  10) AND CONFIRMED THE SAME UNTO JACOB FOR A LAW, AND TO ISRAEL FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT:  11) Saying, UNTO THEE WILL I GIVE THE LAND OF CANAAN THE LOT OF YOUR INHERITANCE:  12) When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  Genesis 34:30.  13) When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  14) HE SUFFERED (ALLOWED) no man to do them wrong:  yea, HE REPROVED (REBUKED) kings for their sakes;  Genesis 35:5.  15) Saying, TOUCH NOT MINE ANOINTED, AND DO MY PROPHETS NO HARM.  16) Moreover HE CALLED For A Famine Upon The Land:  HE BRAKE The Whole Staff Of Bread (HE DESTROYED All Their Supplies Of Food).  17) HE Sent A Man Before Them, Even Joseph, Who Was Sold For A Servant:  Genesis 37:28.  18) Whose feet they hurt with fetters:  he was laid in iron:  19) Until the time that HIS (GOD’S WORD) came:  THE WORD OF THE LORD TRIED him.  20) The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.  21) He (the king) made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:  22) To bind his princes at his (Jacobs) pleasure; and teach his (the king’s) senators wisdom.  23) Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.  Genesis 46:6.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v7, 8, The psalmist assured his audience that even if they did not remember, GOD DOES REMEMBER.  HE REMEMBERS:  The Words Of The Original Promise To Abraham Set Out THE LORD’S Obligation In Strong Terms (Genesis 12:1-3).  These ideas are reinforced by the Dramatic Encounter With Abraham In Genesis 15.  In the Story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22, THE LORD UNDERTAKES AN IRREVOCABLE OATH OF OBLIGATION (Genesis 22:16-18).  v9-15, When they went:   This section is an overview of the history of Israel, probably written after the return of the exiles from Babylon (Psalm 147).  The Major Theme Of The Poem Is GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS PEOPLE IN THEIR EARLY HISTORY.  v16, 17, The experiences of Joseph occupy a long section of The Book of Genesis (Genesis 37–50).  Here Joseph’s story is recounted as poetry and song.  v18-26, The psalmist recites the History Of The Plagues To Demonstrate THE LORD’S POWER.  The Plagues took place within time and space; they were THE ACTION OF GOD WITH HUMANS IN THE REAL WORLD.  The Order Of The Plagues is not followed strictly, and only eight of The Plagues are mentioned (Exodus 7–11).

Quest Study Bible – v8-10, SCRIPTURE LINK, “HIS COVENANT,”  THE PROMISE That The People Of Israel Would Possess The Land Of Canaan (v. 11).  This PROMISE Was Made To Abraham (Genesis 22:15-18), Isaac (Genesis 26:3) and Jacob (Genesis 35:11-12).  v15, “MY ANOINTED ONES,”  Generally Means Specially Set Apart And Consecrated For GOD’S USE ONLY.  In This Case It Refers To The Prophets. MESSIAH AND CHRIST BOTH MEAN THE ANOINTED ONE (see NIV text note at Matthew 1:17).   v17, SCRIPTURE LINK, Joseph’s story can be found in Genesis 37, 39-48.  

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v23, Israel also came into Egypt  That is, Jacob, as afterwards expressed, who had the name of Israel, from his Wrestling With GOD and prevailing. He came into Egypt, being invited by Pharaoh, and having heard of his son Joseph being alive, and of his exaltation.  And Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham:
the same with Egypt; Mizraim, from whence Egypt has its name, being the son of Ham, ( Genesis 10:6 ) . Hence Egypt is called by Plutarch F11 Chemia; and Diodorus Siculus F12 speaks of a city in Thebais, or Upper Egypt, which was called by the inhabitants Chemmis, interpreted by them the city of Pan; and Plutarch.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-23, Let Us Remember THE REDEEMER’S MARVELOUS WORKS, HIS WONDERS, AND THE JUDGMENTS OF HIS MOUTH.  Though True Christians are few (in) number, strangers and pilgrims on earth, yet a Far Better Inheritance Than Canaan Is Made Sure (Guaranteed) To Them By THE COVENANT OF GOD; And If We Have THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, None Can Do Us Any Harm.  Afflictions Are Among Our Mercies.  They Prove Our Faith And Love, They Humble Our Pride, They Wean Us From The World, And Quicken Our Prayers.  Bread is the staff (the resource) which supports life; when that staff is broken, the body fails and sinks to the earth.  THE WORD OF GOD IS THE STAFF (THE RESOURCE) OF SPIRITUAL LIFE, The Food And Support Of The Soul:  The Sorest Judgment IS A FAMINE OF HEARING THE WORD OF THE LORD.  Such A Famine Was Sore In All Lands When CHRIST APPEARED IN THE FLESH; WHOSE COMING, AND THE BLESSED EFFECT OF IT, Are Shadowed Forth In The History Of Joseph.  AT THE APPOINTED TIME CHRIST WAS EXALTED AS MEDIATOR; ALL THE TREASURES OF GRACE AND SALVATION ARE AT HIS DISPOSAL, Perishing Sinners Come To HIM, And Are RELIEVED BY HIM (FOR HIS SALVATION).  Amen.  


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