Simon Foster – Psalm 114 – Comfort from examples of salvation.

Simon Foster

Ps 114 – Comfort from examples of salvation.

H2346 H5127 H7087 H7540 H2496

1. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;

2. Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

3. The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

4. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.

5. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

6. Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?

7. Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

8. Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Deliverance of the C of I from Egypt.

Both watery occasions! The Red sea and the Jordan.

People of strange language are people who speak unintelligible.

Gen 42

23. And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

Disconnect between the language and what they hear.

Ps 81

5. This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

These refs fills in an idea of what it is to comprehend a language. It’s not necessarily about stammering etc.

Back in Ps 114

The sea fled

The Jordan was driven back

“fled” H5127

Gen 32

12. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

Ex 4

3. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

Ex 14 – The account of the sea fleeing

21. And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

Ironically, the Egpytians then flee

25. And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

27. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and theLORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Back in v22 H2346

22. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

Follow this to the next chapter – not a brick thing.

Ex 15 H7087

8. And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

Job 10

10. Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?

Zep

12. And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.

This gives us an idea of how the water was – not like a wall, it was thickened etc.

Then on to the Jordan is driven back.

Another crossing on dry, they are about to enter the land to take it, rather than fleeing.

Yahweh is beginning to magnify Joshua at this point

Joshua 3 v 7

7. And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

8. And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying,When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

9. And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.

10. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

11. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.

12. Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.

13. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

These are different scenarios, but both examples, the waters stand up in a heap.

Yahweh seems to do this with water.

Ps 33

6. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

7. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

Ps 78

13. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.

14. In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.

Towards the end of the Ps we arrive at the point where they are about to cross over the Jordan.

51. And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

52. But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54. And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.

55. He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

He tells Joshua about this.

Josh 24

11. And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites,and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.

12. And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

18. And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.

Israel recognises what he has done.

In the Ps, the incidents are placed close together even though there is a lot in between.

Back in Ps 114

This idea appears twice.

4. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. (Perfect – complete)

6. Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? (Imperfect – to happen in the future)

H7540 – Skipping

1 Chron 15 – occurs here as dancing and related again to the moving of the ark like it was when entering the land.

27. And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen.

28. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.

29. And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

Some links here then with the Ps.

The “playing” that David does has references to mocking and playing of instruments.

Back in Ps

7. Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

Josh 3

13. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

Micah 4 – we see the tremble work in Micah in this form of Hebrew.

10. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

13. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

Back in the Ps – look at turned and flint. H2496

8. Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

The waters and the turning occur as part of the plagues in Egypt.

Ex 7

The waters were turned to blood.

Ps 107

The waters were turned

Flint.

Deu 8

15. Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

So overall, the deliverance and the rejoicing that occurs with his people and that there is a lot of comfort to be had from this.

Mark Morris added

The fleeing is a drawing back sense.

The connection between the past and future tense

Deu 33

1. And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

2. And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

In Hab 3

2. O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

3. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Here it says that God CAME, but it actually future tense. Not a ref back to Deu 33.

The Psalm is speaking of a time in the future when it will happen again in a similar way – like it is shown in Hab 3

The Psalm hints at more depth also….

Gen 2

The driven from v3 in the ps links to compassing in Gen 2 that the rivers do, and it describes their path.

In the Ps, the Jordan is driven (going about to behind) The waters going some other way.

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