Psalms 126

Genesis 25: 7-11

2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Psalms 126 Again, a Psalm of Ascents, meaning a song most likely sung by those returning from the 70 year exile in Babylon. Though few remembered the actual event they did know that Jehovah was redeeming them from the captivity of their lifetime, to return to the homeland of their forefathers. In verse four where it says “Restore our captivity” is poorly translated and most likely means to turn our captivity into prosperity, like the Negev ( a rainy season waterway) in the south into a raging river. Those who sow on tears, will reap with joyful shouting.

Genesis 25:7-11 Abraham, the father of the nation Israel, who lived by faith in Jehovah, who trusted Him before anyone of his lifetime knew of this God, has died. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in an appropriate grave with alongside of his deceased wife Sarah. Afterward God blessed Isaac, the son of promise, whom God gave to Abraham.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 A benediction of Paul to the church in Thessalonica. In verse fourteen Paul declares a truth that he first wrote about in Romans 3.23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and what a change that occurs after trusting in Christ our Savior, that “we gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In 2 Corinthians 3:18 He says “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,…”

The overall theme in these passages is that Jehovah blesses, and redeems, and changes those who respond to the eternal truth that God loves us and desires us who will only trust Him and the eternal truths contained in the scriptures.

Satan is alive and well and is distorting everything that we regard as common truth, turning truth into lies, and good into evil. The world today is being upended, where we as believers will soon be made into the enemy of all that is pure and right, because we will be shown to unloving and haters, just as Jesus warned in Matthew 24:9-13. We must be on guard and not fall prey to the current “truth,” but put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver us from the coming tribulation.

Karl