“Kissing Disease” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – April 16

Psalm 85:1-13   A Lament By The Sons Of Korah

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Psalm 85:1-13   Kissing Disease

Psalm 85 is another lament written for the worship leaders, the sons of Korah.  It may have been written after the Jews were allowed to return to Israel after the seventy years of Babylonian captivity (cf. Jer. 29).  More likely, the emphasis is on the hope of Israel, the Thousand-Year Millennial Kingdom of the Messiah in the future.  It is then that all of the prophetic elements of this psalm will be fulfilled.

Israel hadn’t been completely restored to the land after the Babylonian captivity.  So verse 1 probably refers to the coming kingdom (v. 1).  Yahweh has not forgiven the sins of Israel yet but He will after Jesus returns (vv. 2-3).

The psalmist cries out to God for the salvation of the nation (vv. 4-7).  This hasn’t happened yet, either.  But it will.  Some details are given by Paul in Romans 11.

 After Jesus sets up His rule, the Jews will never slip back into sin again (v. 8).  In the meantime, God’s salvation is always just a breath away from anyone willing to trust Him by faith, in Old Testament or New Testament times (v. 9).

Diseases can be spread by kissing.  We don’t like to think about it but it’s true.  In the Millennium, truth and God’s hesed, lovingkindness, will be so close, so they’ll be hugging.  Righteousness and peace will be kissing.  We don’t see righteousness much anymore at this time in our history.  Peace, which goes hand in hand with righteousness, hasn’t been sighted often either.  Electing new government representatives won’t help much if we are at the brink of the end times.  Our righteousness is rotten.  Our solitude is a sham.  There are wars and rumors of war (cf. Matt. 24:6).  There is no peace for the wicked (cf. Isa. 48:22; Isa. 57:21).  Kisses now are spreading disease between transgression and conflict.

In the day of the King, truth will spout out of the soil and piety will pour out of the sky (v. 11).  Everything will be good in the Millennial environment (v. 12).

Everyone will be living in an atmosphere of goodness and Jesus will surround Himself with purity (v. 13).

Do you look forward to that day?  If the tribulation begins after the Rapture and lasts seven years, and if the Rapture could occur at any moment, the Millennium of Christ’s rule could begin in as few as seven years!   I find that very exciting!

Proverbs 13:7-8  Poverty Has Its Advantages

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Most people don’t pull off such a grand scam of fakery as the two who crashed a reception for the Indian Prime Minister during President Obama’s administration. But plenty people have tried to appear more prosperous than they really were.  Many in the so-called “prosperity” movement are feigning their affluence (v. 7a).

There is also a great number  of people that pretend they are poor even though they are quite well-off (v. 7b).  They don’t want anyone to take advantage of them.  But they may just be cheap and stingy.  Both of those types, whether they are acting like they are poor or rich in this verse, are hypocrites.

Rich people can stay out of trouble by using their wealth to extricate themselves from uncomfortable situations (v. 8a).  More poor people end up going to jail than rich people.  The wealthy can afford expensive lawyers.  Anyone ever heard of O.J.?  (Not orange juice.)

Poor people can’t even hear any threats to their riches.  They can’t buy their way out of trouble anyway (v. 8b, cf. “but a poor man has no means of redemption”  RSV). They don’t have any anxiety about being abducted or extorted.  They don’t have anything.  The Wall Street crash wasn’t even a blip on my radar.  Poverty actually has its advantages at times.

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