Yes, I have been dragging my feet on this one. I promised you weeks ago that we would be discussing how I feel America is repeating ancient Israel’s mistakes, thus making it believable that we may be doomed to their same fate.
I believe I said that the first step needed to prove my statement was to first prove that America was indeed God’s chosen people or rather that America too had a covenant with God. I have laid out all the reasons why I believe this to be true in One Nation Under God.
Yes, my last statement in that post did set off quite a stir:
United States is not a “nation under God” because of law, but rather out of choice. The founding fathers did not make this a Christian nation, the people made it a Christian nation by choosing Christ. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become God’s chosen people, and, therefore, we have established a covenant with God. So, if America is indeed repeating the mistakes of the Israelites and doomed to repeat Israel’s fall, it is not the fault of non-Christians or our founding fathers; it is the fault of all of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and then forsaken him.
I stand by this statement; however, I will even be elaborating on this topic in an upcoming post titled Two Israels. So, if you were confused by that statement, please bear with me as we have some more ground to cover before opening up that can of worms.
For today, we will keep it simple by looking at Psalm 106.
I often have said that it would be nice if we could everything on one topic in one place, and guess what? Psalm 106 does a nice job of summarizing the history of the Israelites.
I know some of you have a tendency to just skip the scriptures or just skim over them. Today, I am asking that you take the time to really read all the verses.
Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?
Who can ever praise him enough?
3 There is joy for those who deal justly with others
and always do what is right.
4 Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people;
come near and rescue me.
5 Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones.
Let me rejoice in the joy of your people;
let me praise you with those who are your heritage.
6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned.
We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
7 Our ancestors in Egypt
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.[a]
8 Even so, he saved them—
to defend the honor of his name
and to demonstrate his mighty power.
9 He commanded the Red Sea[b] to dry up.
He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.
10 So he rescued them from their enemies
and redeemed them from their foes.
11 Then the water returned and covered their enemies;
not one of them survived.
12 Then his people believed his promises.
Then they sang his praise.
13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done!
They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild,
testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
but he sent a plague along with it.
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses
and envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.
17 Because of this, the earth opened up;
it swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
18 Fire fell upon their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.
19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai[c];
they bowed before an image made of gold.
20 They traded their glorious God
for a statue of a grass-eating bull.
21 They forgot God, their savior,
who had done such great things in Egypt—
22 such wonderful things in the land of Ham,
such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.
23 So he declared he would destroy them.
But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.
He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.
24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land,
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents
and refused to obey the Lord.
26 Therefore, he solemnly swore
that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27 that he would scatter their descendants[d] among the nations,
exiling them to distant lands.
28 Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor;
they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
29 They angered the Lord with all these things,
so a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene,
and the plague was stopped.
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man
ever since that time.
32 At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord,
causing Moses serious trouble.
33 They made Moses angry,[e]
and he spoke foolishly.
34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land,
as the Lord had commanded them.
35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans
and adopted their evil customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,
which led to their downfall.
37 They even sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons.
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters.
By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,
they polluted the land with murder.
39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,
and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.
40 That is why the Lord’s anger burned against his people,
and he abhorred his own special possession.
41 He handed them over to pagan nations,
and they were ruled by those who hated them.
42 Their enemies crushed them
and brought them under their cruel power.
43 Again and again he rescued them,
but they chose to rebel against him,
and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress
and listened to their cries.
45 He remembered his covenant with them
and relented because of his unfailing love.
46 He even caused their captors
to treat them with kindness.
47 Save us, O Lord our God!
Gather us back from among the nations,
so we can thank your holy name
and rejoice and praise you.
48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!
Yes, I know some of you are itching for more, but we are not going there quite yet. I feel it is important for us to first refresh our minds because the Bible is clear that the Old Testament stories were written for our learning.
1 Corinthians 10:1-11 (NLT):
0 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters,[a] about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All of them ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”[b] 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9 Nor should we put Christ[c] to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
God did indeed intend for us to learn from the Israelites. What happened to them was a warning for us, and I can’t fathom how people can contend otherwise.
Okay, people, I am assigning homework. Fun times here at Getting Real, huh? No, I am serious. I want you all to take a look at Psalm 106 and come up with your own Top Ten Similarities of Ancient Israel and America Today. Come on, it is sure to be fun.
I promise, I will share mine tomorrow.