Except Jehovah was for us

“Except that [it was] Jehovah who was for us, O may Israel say; except that [it was] Jehovah who was for us when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger glowed against us. Then the waters would have flowed over us; the torrent would have covered our soul; then the raging waters would have passed over our soul. Blessed [be] Jehovah, who did not give us [as] a prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped like a bird out of the fowlers’ snare; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help [is] in the name of Jehovah, the Maker of the heavens and earth” (Psalm 124:1-8).

This Psalm brings to mind Romans 8:31-32. Also God’s deliverance of Israel from Pharaoh in the book of Exodus where God caused water to pass over the souls of the Egyptians. Israel escaped and Pharaoh and the Egyptians did not. God was for Israel, and was against the Egyptians.

“The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my soul shall be filled [with] them; I will draw my sword; my hand will destroy them. You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in mighty waters. Who [is] like You among the gods, O Jehovah? Who [is] like You, glorified in holiness, fearful [in] praises, O Worker of wonders?” (Exodus 15:9-11).

Numbers 16:1-50 details the rebellious rising up of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Moses and Aaron were not given as prey to the pseudo-pious teeth of these ravening wolves. God was for Moses and Aaron, and was against Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

“And Moses said, By this you shall know that Jehovah has sent me to do all these works, [and] that not from my own heart. If these die according to the death of all men, and [are] visited according to the visitation of all men, then Jehovah has not sent me. And if Jehovah makes a new thing, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them, and all that they have, and they go down alive to Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised Jehovah. And it happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, the ground which was under them split apart, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them, and their houses, and all the men who [were] for Korah, and all [their] possessions. And they went down, they and all that they had, alive to Sheol, and the earth covered over them; and they perished from the midst of the assembly” (Numbers 16:28-33).

Exodus 12:13 sets forth the glorious Passover that points to the Person and Work of Jesus Christ which demonstrates how God is for (and not against) His elect people (Romans 8:31-32). Truths such as (and similar to) these quoted below humbles believers and causes them to tremble before Almighty God, thankful that He has graciously numbered them among the elect rather than the reprobate. True believers know that it is the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of the Passover Lamb ALONE that makes them to differ from the reprobate.

“And the blood shall be a sign to you, on the houses where you [are]. And I will see the blood, and I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be on you to destroy, when I strike in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13).

“Then purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For also Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. So let us keep [the] feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of malice and of evil, but with unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).

“By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the anger of the king; for he kept on as seeing the Invisible [One]. By faith he made the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, that the [one] destroying the first-born might not touch them” (Hebrews 11:27-28).

“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the evil. And we know that the Son of God has come, and [He] has given to us an understanding that we may know the true [One], and we are in the true [One], in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and the life everlasting” (1 John 5:19-20).

“What then shall we say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? Truly [He] who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all, how will He not freely give all things to us with Him?” (Romans 8:31-32).

God’s elect know that nothing “will be able to separate [them] from the love of God in Christ Jesus, [their] Lord” (Romans 8:39). And nothing done against them can ultimately prosper since God in Christ is for them and works all things for their good (Romans 8:28).  Consider such a one as John the Baptist. A vindictive adulteress was against him, but not a hair of his head did perish since God was for him (Luke 21:18). May true Christians scattered throughout the world arm themselves with the spiritual weapons of warfare that God has provided us with (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

“Therefore, brothers, I call on you through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what [is] the good and pleasing and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

“Therefore, Christ having suffered for us in [the] flesh, also you arm yourselves [with] the same thought, because he having suffered in [the] flesh has been made to rest from sin, [him] no longer to live in [the] lusts of men, but [to live] the remaining time in [the] flesh in [the] will of God” (1 Peter 4:1-2).

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