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Day Five – “They forgot…God remembered”

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Psalm 106 (NIV) - Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord

or fully declare his praise?

Blessed are those who act justly,

who always do what is right.

Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,

come to my aid when you save them,

that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,

that I may share in the joy of your nation

and join your inheritance in giving praise.

We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;

we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

When our ancestors were in Egypt,

they gave no thought to your miracles;

they did not remember your many kindnesses,

and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

to make his mighty power known.

He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;

he led them through the depths as through a desert.

He saved them from the hand of the foe;

from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

The waters covered their adversaries;

not one of them survived.

Then they believed his promises

and sang his praise.

But they soon forgot what he had done

and did not wait for his plan to unfold.

In the desert they gave in to their craving;

in the wilderness they put God to the test.

So he gave them what they asked for,

but sent a wasting disease among them.

In the camp they grew envious of Moses

and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.

The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it buried the company of Abiram.

Fire blazed among their followers;

a flame consumed the wicked.

At Horeb they made a calf

and worshiped an idol cast from metal.

They exchanged their glorious God

for an image of a bull, which eats grass.

They forgot the God who saved them,

who had done great things in Egypt,

miracles in the land of Ham

and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

So he said he would destroy them-

had not Moses, his chosen one,

stood in the breach before him

to keep his wrath from destroying them.

Then they despised the pleasant land;

they did not believe his promise.

They grumbled in their tents

and did not obey the Lord.

So he swore to them with uplifted hand

that he would make them fall in the wilderness,

make their descendants fall among the nations

and scatter them throughout the lands.

They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor

and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

they aroused the Lord’s anger by their wicked deeds,

and a plague broke out among them.

But Phinehas stood up and intervened,

and the plague was checked.

This was credited to him as righteousness

for endless generations to come.

By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord,

and trouble came to Moses because of them;

for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,

and rash words came from Moses’ lips.

They did not destroy the peoples

as the Lord had commanded them,

but they mingled with the nations

and adopted their customs.

They worshiped their idols,

which became a snare to them.

They sacrificed their sons

and their daughters to false gods.

They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sons and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

and the land was desecrated by their blood.

They defiled themselves by what they did;

by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

Therefore the Lord was angry with his people

and abhorred his inheritance.

He gave them into the hands of the nations,

and their foes ruled over them.

Their enemies oppressed them

and subjected them to their power.

Many times he delivered them,

but they were bent on rebellion

and they wasted away in their sin.

Yet he took note of their distress

when he heard their cry;

for their sake he remembered his covenant

and out of his great love he relented.

He caused all who held them captive

to show them mercy.

Save us, Lord our God,

and gather us from the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name

and glory in your praise.

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord.

Reflection: This passage describes the Israelites and parts of their history. As we read this we can see that they forgot God and His miraculous saving acts of mercy and provision. Over and over again we see their sin and how easily they are led astray. When they find themselves in trouble they call upon God to save them and he does. He does not forget His promises to them. God is faithful even when they are not, because He cannot be unfaithful.

Responding to the Word: The Israelites were foolish for their forgetfulness and their repetitive sin. We can see in our own lives at times when we forget and we go back to our sins. Let’s respond as the Psalmist does in verse 47, “Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”  The Lord is faithful in helping His people.

Day 4: “God’s Deliberate and Good Plan”

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Day Three – “But with you…”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Day Two – “The Atoning Sacrifice”

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Day One – “All of Us”

Monday, March 17th, 2014