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In te rn a t io n a l S. S. Lessons Exposition and Practical Application B y R . A . T o rre y Outlines and Suggestive Points B y T . C . H o r to n ■
Psalms of Deliverance OCTOBER 7, 1917. LESSON I. Psalm 85:1-13. (Read Psalms 85 and 126. Memorize Psalm 85:10, 11). G olden T ex t : “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”—Psalm 126:5. DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Mon., Oct. 1—Psalm 85. (The Lesson). Tues., Oct. 2—Psalm 126. (The Lesson).
Wed., Oct. 3—Psalm 120. Thur., Oct. 4—Psalm 121. Fri., Oct. 5—Psalm 125. Sat., Oct. 6—-Psalm 130. Sun., Oct. 7—Psalm 145. EXPOSITION AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
vs. 1-3. "LORD, thou hast been favor able unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast cov ered all their sin. (Selah). Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.’” It is very evident that the primary teaching and application of this Psalm, and other psalms of this period, is to Israel and their restoration from captivity; the restoration in the days of Ezra, and the more complete restoration that is to take place in the future, in connection with the return of our Lord Jesus to this earth. But, at the same time, these Psalms contain great prayers and great principles of faith and conduct that we may wisely and legit imately apply to ourselves. The principle of interpretation so common and so much emphasized in certain quarters to-day, that we have no right to take to ourselves any thing that belongs primarily to the Jew, is just as unwarranted and just as unscrip- tural as taking to ourselves alone what be longs primarily to the Jews as a people,
and refers to the blessings that God has in store in the future for Israel as a nation, (cf. Romans 15:4). The approximate date of the Psalm is indicated by the opening words: “Lord, thou hast been favorable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob”. This bringing back the captivity of Jacob was a literal fulfil ment of Jehovah’s promises to His people. When Jehovah gave Israel the law, He warned them that if they did not hearken to Him and keep the commandments and statutes that He gave them, that He would punish them with dreadful plagues and finally make their cities waste and bring their sanctuaries unto desolation and scat ter them among the heathen (Lev. 26:14- 39). They broke his commandments and turned a deaf ear unto Himself and His prophets, and Jehovah kept to the letter the awful words of doom that He had spoken. Jehovah will always keep to the letter the words of warning that He speaks, no matter how terrific they may be. God’s dealings with men in the past prove con clusively that His words of warning are
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