Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Psalms 106-107


Psalm 106 is another recitation of Israelite history. This one begins in Egypt and ends with the conquest of Canaan. In every event Israel is faithless and God faithful. The psalm apparently dates from the time of the exile. It calls on God to be faithful once more, and to restore the people to their homeland. It also encourages the people, in exile, to be more faithful than their ancestors were.

Verse 48 is a doxology and serves to conclude Book IV of the Psalms.

Psalm 107 begins with a summons for people (returning exiles) to gather from the four points of the compass to worship God. It then tells how God has rescued the hungry, prisoners, the terminally ill, and those in danger on the sea. It ends with a description of the kinds of reversals that the prophets used to describe the return from exile. In the New Testament such reversals are characteristic of the Kingdom of God.

Next: Psalms 108-114

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