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November 10 2023

“They Soon Forgot His Works”

Psalm 106:12-23

12 Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.

13 They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel,

14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert.

15 And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul.

16 When they envied Moses in the camp, And Aaron the saint of the LORD,

17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, And covered the faction of Abiram.

18 A fire was kindled in their company; The flame burned up the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb, And worshiped the molded image.

20 Thus they changed their glory Into the image of an ox that eats grass.

21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,

22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea.

23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.

Psalm 106 is one of the great history lessons for the people of Israel for generations to come. And at the same time, it is a great chapter to teach us today that the sin of unbelief is a terrible sin that will keep us from experiencing and enjoying the victories and blessings of the Lord in our lives! That is what we read about over and over again in the Old Testament. We read the same warnings repeatedly in the New Testament, especially in the book of Hebrews.

We should heed the warning given in Hebrews 3:12-19: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

Jesus promises us this rest in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

It is so sad that instead of “coming” to find our satisfaction and strength in the Lord Jesus, we labor, we work, we run from here to there, we run in circles, and we are overwhelmed with the burdens of life. This is one of the great invitation words of the Bible – “Come”!

The Bible ends with the reminder that Jesus is the only One Who can truly meet all our needs and the invitation to “Come”. "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:16-17)

In Psalm 106:12-15, we are told that no sooner than the people of Israel finished singing and rejoicing that they were delivered out of the bondage and slavery of Egypt and saved from the armies of Pharoah at the Red Sea, they forgot what He had done for them when they got hungry and thirsty (Exodus 15-16). At Marah the bitter water was made sweet by the tree that was cut down thrown into it by Moses. This is beautiful picture of the tree of Calvary where Jesus took our guilt, shame, and suffering for our bitter sins.

My friend, when you come to Jesus in faith and in obedience, you will find the rest that you so desperately need! Today, He is waiting to give you grace and strength for whatever you are facing! Simply Come!!!!!

God bless!

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