The miracle of Psalm 83

The divine inspiration of the Bible is quite obvious when we look at the nation and country of Israel in 2022.  To illustrate it we want to discuss part of a psalm that was written around 3,000 years ago.   It begins with a plea to God, 

‘O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.’  Psalm 83:1

Why the plea?  

‘See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.’  Psalm 83:2-3

Note: Your [God’s] enemies are astir and God’s foes rear their heads.  They plan to attack God’s people, Israel.

“Come, ‘they say,’  Let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.'”  Psalm 83:4

In this Psalm certain nations wanted to annihilate Israel so that they will no longer be a nation.  These events happened thousands of years ago.  It is an ongoing lingering desire of some nations and individuals to destroy Israel.  The Bible explains that it is rooted in hatred towards God.  

Today we relive the events of Psalm 83.  Iran makes no secret of it that they want to destroy Israel.  Through the ages many attempts have been made to destroy God’s people, the Jews.  None of the past attempts, of which Hitler’s is a major one, have yet succeeded.  

Verses 5-8 relate,

‘With one mind they plot together, they form an alliance against You….’

The fight is not primarily against the Jews, but against God.  The psalm ends with the following, 

‘Let them know that you, whose Name is the Lord — that You alone are the Most High over all the earth.’  Psalm 83:18 

The hatred for Israel is a recurring war against God that has led to much pain and bloodshed.  It proves that to resist the Lord Most High is the biggest mistake anybody can ever make and it has dire consequences.

Will Israel survive?

The question, will Israel survive, is answered by the highest Authority on earth, God.

“This is what the Lord says, ‘He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — ‘Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,’ declares the Lord, ‘will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me.'” Jeremiah 31:35-36

Just to emphasise His statement, God puts it in another context,

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searches out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of what they have done,’ declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 31:37

God is in control.  So what should we, the followers of Jesus, the Jew from Nazareth, do?  Pray!  Which prayer?  God provided a template around 3,000 years ago.  

See tomorrow’s blog. 

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