Psalm 106:13-31 A Lament By Anonymous
Psalm 106:13-31 A Litany Of Lawbreaking, Part 2
Psalm 106 is a penitential psalm meaning that the writer is confessing the sins of the nation similar to what Nehemiah did in Nehemiah 9, what Isaiah did in Isaiah 63 and what Ezekiel did in Ezekiel 20.
Do you confess your sins when you pray or just jump in with requests? It’s best to present yourself humbly before the Lord.
The psalmist continues in verse 13 to admit his ancestors “quickly” forgot the miraculous works God had done for them. They wanted things that weren’t God’s will for them when they were in the wilderness (v. 14). When I’m in the wilderness is usually the time I “crave” things, too. I want food, records, anything to alleviate the pain. God wants us to want Him.
My wife often says, “be careful what you ask for.” The Israelites understood the meaning of that. After they got the meat they had been craving, they got desperately ill (vv. 14-15, cf. Num. 11:33).
If that wasn’t enough, several of them became jealous of Moses’ power and rebelled against Him and his brother, Aaron (v. 16). A trap door opened and Korah (not mentioned) and his followers Dathan and Abiram (v. 17) disappeared (cf. Num. 16; 26:8-9). Fire also consumed 250 of them that were still standing (v. 18, cf. Num. 16:35).
At Horeb, aka Mt. Sinai (cf. cf. Deut. 5:2; Mal. 4:4), they were caught worshipping a golden calf instead of Yahweh (vv. 19-20).
They forgot that Yahweh is a God Who saves (v. 21, cf. Zeph. 3:17). He was a God who had done miracles in the land of Ham, that is Egypt, using the son of Noah as a synecdoche for the region that the descendants occupied (v. 22). You know what God did at the Red Sea, saving His people from the ‘Gyptians.
Moses persuaded Yahweh not to vaporize all the Israelites after their faithlessness (v. 23, see Nation Of Jerrys). They didn’t appreciate the land God had provided for them (v. 24) and were depressed that God wasn’t treating them better (v. 25). They had forgotten that God is a good God and does only good things for those who trust Him (cf. Rom. 8:28, 32; James 1:17).
God was not happy with the Israelites and threatened to let them die in the wilderness and scatter them around the world according to the warning He gave them in Deut. 28 (vv. 26-27, cf. Num. 14:26-35).
At Peor, Phinehas got the point that God needed to be respected and the body of believers must be purified (vv. 28-30). Then the leaders of the immoral party who had joined with the Moabites, Zimri and Cozbi got the point (cf. Num. 25:1-10, see Peor People Get The Point). Phineas, for his part, was made a priest along with all his descendants (v. 31, cf. Num. 25:13).
Are you getting the point from all this? God blesses our faithfulness but He frowns upon our faithlessness. There are consequences for our actions. We reap what we sow (cf. Gal. 6:7).
Proverbs 14:32-33 Crime Doesn’t Pay
I don’t know why bad people don’t catch on that evil doesn’t pay (v. 32a). But they don’t. Look how Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini ended up. Hitler was dying from venereal disease and shot himself, his mistress, and his dog. Mussolini and his mistress were executed and then hung upside down in public. After killing millions of people, Stalin died in agony since no one was willing to call a doctor for him for fear they’d be violating one of the dictator’s edicts and would incur the penalty of death.
Even if a believer dies in pain and suffering, they will end up in Heaven (v. 32b).
A person who tries to figure out the world as a believer will have wisdom whether it is always manifested or not (v. 33a). Unbelievers often know what is the right thing to do, they just never do it (v. 33b, cf. James 4:17).