Psalm 136 – a series, 4

The link to Psalm 136 is here.

The link to the third reflection is here.

If you have read any of these yet then you know I am encouraging you to read through Psalm 136 before reading each reflection.

The next section, verses 10 through 16, tell of the LORD’s great work in saving His people out of Egypt. The tenth sign, the culmination, is recounted. This tenth sign shows God’s full control over all. He sustains and removes the lives of those whom He pleases (Deuteronomy 32:35). We see God’s love in saving His people out of Egypt. We see His ability to deliver them from those who oppress them. We see His love in that He arranges creation to allow His people safe passage. God destroys their enemies. The faithfulness of God and His love is shown as He leads His people through the wilderness. He leads them for 40 years. These were not the most obedient times for God’s people, yet “His steadfast love endures forever”. Through each of these events, through the complaining of the people, through the mistrust, through the rebellions, through the judgments of God, through the failing of the leaders of Israel, the LORD consistently proved to be perfect, patient and above all loving toward the people of Israel.

When is the last time we contemplated the deliverance of Israel from Egypt? It is one of the longest and most re-told parts of the Bible. Do we think on God’s love for His chosen people? Do we think on Moses, the ruler and redeemer God supplied (Acts 7:35)? Do we remember their continual sinning and repentance and the great salvation God brought them? Do we neglect our own much greater salvation in Jesus Christ?

Hebrews 2:1-3a reads,

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?