Wiersbe calls Psalm 78 the History Psalm because it overviews Israel’s history from the Exodus to the present. I am not a fan of Hegel but he was right: we don’t seem to learn from history. We distort it by trying to make it fit our agenda and we deny it but we do not learn from it. An honest Jew could look back over their history and determine two things:  God had always been faithful; He was indeed a covenant keeping God and  Israel had been faithless, rebellious and ungrateful. George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past or condemned to repeat it.” This is exactly what the Israelites did, they repeated their sin and rebellion. Practically every generation made the same mistakes. When the Psalmist refers to Ephraim, he is probably talking about the Ten Northern Tribes who rebelled to the extent they started their own religion which was just another form of idolatry. The entire North is referred to as Ephraim because they had the same inordinate pride as did the Tribe of Ephraim, a pride that kept then in constant trouble. The Tribe of Ephraim was one of the larger Tribes but they were as unreliable as a crooked bow. In battle, they could not be counted on: they gave both Joshua and Gideon problems. The Israelites were prone to wander; they struggled with obedience and they demanded their own way.
This daring reminder that all earthly success comes from God alone, and that God must not be forgotten, was believed to be the reason Rudyard Kipling was passed over as the nations poet laureate. The laureate is an award for outstanding achievement in a specific field. I am not a big fan of poets but this story gave me a new appreciation for Rudy.
- Wow, what a crowd last night. I cooked for two solid hours. We ate 72 hot dogs and 160 TNT burgers. I bet we had over 200 because some did not eat. We got everyone feed but Eddie says he is bringing a grill next year and I consented. Also, next year, if we can get 250 in attendance, David and I will go off the high dive fully clad. The LORD gave us perfect weather! What about that!
- Good crowd for worship yesterday but I did not think to check the board. I was excited about the baptism. Breanna and family have been a wonderful addition. I love that smile. She is excited about Jesus and working with us at DBC. Welcome to the family Breanna.
- I am booked for the next two Sunday but it will not effect the biscuits and donuts. I will probably leave after LCBS. We had another great discussion yesterday.
- I found out yesterday that I will get to facilitate a small group and Wendy and Michael are my host. I am excited.
and three or more is a congress.
— John Adams
man standing in a bucket and
trying to lift himself up by the handle.
great debt to his fellow man,
in a few short phrases:
—Ronald Reagan (1986)