Read 272.) Psalm 78. We had just read that a reconstruction of sorts of Solomon’s Temple, destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians, in 586 BC, was completed from out of any salvageable rubble, by the 50,000 of the returned remnant, released by Cyrus in Ezra chapter 1. It would be 516 BC, and an end of Israel’s 70-year expulsion from out of the land. It took some 20 years to build, and it had nothing of the former glory. But that was not what mattered so much. This people was truly desirous to seek and to find God, and to faithfully keep all His commandments. The 5th Promise and Prophecy given by the Lord concerning ancient Israel’s expulsion out of their Promised Land and recorded Old Testament history had been thoroughly completed and fulfilled!
Psalm 78 is 72 verses long. Verse 2 was used by Matthew to speak of the nature of Jesus’ teaching ministry. What is this psalm, but a historical record of the promises and prophecies God had given Israel, and how that each was fulfilled. Verses 3 thru 8 might touch on how that they 1.) became numerous, and 9 thru 54 go to their 2.) enslavement and deliverance, especially verses 13 and 52. But, the great message to that point was of the nature of the people of Israel, and how willful, stubborn, unbelieving and disobedient they were. Verse 55 then goes to His giving Israel their 3.) Promised Land. But, beginning right with verse 56, this Psalm goes right back to Israel, and how wicked they had been. This had resulted in the breaking of their covenant they had with God because of their 4.) unfaithfulness to Him. And, then, just as the Lord had told Moses numerous times in Deuteronomy chapters 28 thru 32, nearly 900 years before this, Israel would be destroyed and 5.) expelled from out of the land. Finally, the closing passage of verses 65 thru 72, tells of Israel’s 6.) restoration by God back into her land. And, if anything, verses 70 thru 72, go to the Millennial hope of that day when David will rule Israel once again in peace and prosperity. All this happened, and the last 3 verses will happen. Psalm 78 serves as a perfectly vindicating passage of all my thesis that the entire Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament, is a faithful historical record of God having given unto Abraham and Moses 7 Promises and Prophecies, and that He would see to their fulfillment to prove His existence and to prove that the Holy Bible is His Word. Psalm 78 is a confirmation of my thesis, in the very same way that Jeremiah 32 and Ezekiel 20 are!
God said it hundreds of years in advance of His fulfillment of all these things. He 1.) made of Abraham a great nation of people. They 2.) went into slavery, but God brought them out! He 3.) brought them into the Promised Land and gave it to them. They 4.) were most unfaithful to God, and broke the covenant that they had made with Him. The Lord 5.) removed His people from out of their land, but He also 6.) brought them back into it once again. This is the entire story of the Old Testament. God gave Abraham 4 of the promises and prophecies in Genesis, and He gave the remaining 3 unto Moses primarily in Deuteronomy. The record of their fulfillment spans nearly 1,700 years; from Abraham thru Malachi. But there was a 7th Promise and Prophecy that had gone yet unfulfilled! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell