February 6, 2019

Ok so the Super Bowl is over and the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. By their win the Patriots made a silent statement > We are the best. Up until this game the Rams had been averaging 32 points a game. That they would be held to 3 points was unthinkable and unpredictable and had you bet a million dollars that the Rams would be held to 3 points most every oddsmaker would have taken you up on that bet.  If the Patriots defense wasn’t respected it is now.

Psalm 105 is a verbal statement by the psalmist that God is the best. That God is sovereign. That God keeps his promises. That there isn’t anyone or anything that can keep God from accomplishing what he has set out to do. Pharaoh of Egypt, also considered a god by the Egyptians, decided to challenge God’s sovereignty. After all Egypt was a major world power at the time. They would be the oddsmakers favorite to win. God wasn’t respected by the Pharaoh and his people up to the point of the challenge but He sure was respected when the challenge was over.

Psalm 105 was written for us so that we would never ever doubt the sovereignty of our God, his ability to keep his promises to us and the resources that he has to always provide for us. It is a psalm that we would benefit from greatly by reading it at least weekly.

To show that there is no mistake as to who is sovereign in the world the psalmist uses “the Lord or He” to describe all of God’s doings. Now the Egyptians, along with Pharaoh, had many gods that they bowed to. So the Lord will come along and challenge most every one of these gods to show that they are really no gods at all. Here we go:

Psalm 105:28 (NLT) — 28 The Lord blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go.

The Egyptians worshiped the sun god Ra; however old Ra could do nothing about the darkness. Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:29 (NLT) — 29 He turned their water into blood, poisoning all the fish.

Osiris was god of the Nile. Khnum was its guardian. Hapi was the spirit of the Nile and there were many other gods associated with the Nile river. However the gods couldn’t prevent the water from becoming blood. Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:30 (NLT) — 30 Then frogs overran the land and even invaded the king’s bedrooms.

Frogs were considered sacred because of the frog god, Hekt. Because they were considered sacred the Egyptians would not kill them. But God then killed them, Hekt couldn’t keep them alive, and the stench of them filled Egypt. It is like God was saying, “Your worship of the creature instead of me the creator is a stench unto me.” Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:31 (NLT) — 31 When the Lord spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians, and gnats swarmed across Egypt.

Uatchit was one of the fly gods but he wasn’t able to control them. Jehovah is superior. The Egyptians also worshiped the fertile ground that the Nile river carried down from the highlands of Africa. This was very rich soil in which all kinds of grain, fruits and vegetables were produced. However now it produced gnats and the Nile gods could do nothing to stop them. Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:32–33 (NLT) — 32 He sent them hail instead of rain, and lightning flashed over the land. 33 He ruined their grapevines and fig trees and shattered all the trees.

Shu, the god of the atmosphere and Nut the goddess of the sky were powerless to stop the storm. Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:34–35 (NLT) — 34 He spoke, and hordes of locusts came— young locusts beyond number. 35 They ate up everything green in the land, destroying all the crops in their fields.

Where was Nepri, the goddess of grain? Anubis, the guardian of the fields? Min, the deity of harvests? Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:36 (NLT) — 36 Then he killed the oldest son in each Egyptian home, the pride and joy of each family.

Pharaoh was worshiped as god but he couldn’t even keep his own son from death. Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:37–38 (NLT) — 37 The Lord brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled. 38 Egypt was glad when they were gone, for they feared them greatly.

The Egyptians themselves were powerless to stop Israel. Jehovah is superior.

Psalm 105:39–44 (NLT) — 39 The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness. 40 They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven. 41 He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland. 42 For he remembered his sacred promise to his servant Abraham. 43 So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing. 44 He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted.

Jehovah is the God of the day, the night, all of nature, all of the heavens, all of earth, all of the animal kingdom, all of the nations, all of everything!

Psalm 105:45 (NLT) — 45 All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Praise the Lord!

All of this happened so that we also would follow the Lord’s instructions, hearing them, receiving them, loving them and obeying them. And then living each day to praise Him. We can do all of this because their is no doubt in our minds that God is sovereign and He loves us.

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