Early Jewish tradition has given this Psalm several attributions: to David (LXX), to Solomon (the Midrash on Psalms), to Moses (Midrash on Psalms), or as a joint composition by David (vv.3-8, 10-16) and Solomon (vv.1-2, 9; (The Targum). There are three speakers in the poem: the poet (v.1, vv.3-13), the man who trusts in God (v.2), and God (vv. 15-16).
It was my intention to write about a Psalm, to bring comfort and encouragement. That is what we want and need in times of crises; to know that God is near and that He is protecting and keeping us. Fallen humanity also wants to know that everything will turn out alright in the end, but theirs is a false hope that will lead to great disappointment. However, I decided to address other matters first, and God willing, we will look at Psalm 91 next week. Viewed from a worldly perspective, we are going into a very uncertain future, and we are going to learn and understand w
As we saw in last week’s article (“A Plague on You”), modern Europe is practically the epicentre of paganism, so is it any wonder that it is also the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic? Isn’t it possible that the two things are connected, even if, as some believe, the virus originated in Godless China? You might say it has travelled a Godless highway to Godless Europe. Certainly, since the formation of the European Union, there has been a pandemic of perversity sweeping European cities and Great Britain. Godlessness has decreased while profanity has increased.&nbs
A plague on both your houses is a phrase from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1592), where you have Mercutio proclaiming, “I am hurt. A plague on both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone, and hath nothing?” The houses are those of the Montague and Capulet families, the feud between whom caused Juliet so much grief and was the source of her, oft quoted, ‘O Romeo, Romeo!
The moral and political fibre in this nation, to put it in modern terms, is plastic. Morally and politically the genes of the nation are weakening, fragmenting, and polluting. You see the same thing happening in many parts of the world. Leaders are confounded, in both the religious and political scenes. God’s Word holds the world together, but it is bitter in the mouth of those that hate it, and they spit it out before eating and being nourished by it. Some in the clergy obviously despise God’s Word. Such leaders in the church, would be better employed jo
With all the evidence available as well as first-hand accounts over the years since it happened, there are those that not only deny the facts, but they preach and teach that the Holocaust is a lie. I remember a German lady living in South Africa, who emailed me some years ago saying the Holocaust was a lie promoted by Ike Eisenhower. Preachers of hate love to attack the Holocaust. A recent tirade took place on January 24, 2020.
We will be heading from winter into springtime, when traditionally at least, homes get an extra-special clean-up. Much of the old is thrown out, and sometimes something new will be brought in. It might simply be a redecoration of rooms, giving a fresh new look. I don’t know how much that tradition is still held to, but it is something that was done in times past.
From a linguistic perspective at least, the beginning of the new world of Noah’s time is parallel to the rest of the seventh day of the first creation. The key verb root for “rest” of the first creation, SH-B-T, is echoed in God’s promise to the world after the Flood: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease (yishbotu)” (Genesis 8:22). However, to some commentators, there appears to be a crucial difference between the day of rest granted at the end of the first creation and the end of the world’
Optimism for a new beginning in this new year is high. But our immediate future is built upon the respectability of decadence and rebellion. The rebellion is to reject God and His way, to live and achieve in man’s way. The rebellion to save our world without God. The decadence is the so-called new morality. We have a Prime Minister living with His partner in an adulterous relationship in No.10, and all’s well with this new world. Prince William has taken on a prophetic role to the world.