Psalm 129, The furrows of the plow
Okay - I have Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Here I an drawn back to Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
here God's Church was persecuted while in egypt - yet grew in number and they knew abundance under persecution and egypt could not prevail agianst this mighty force. [as it grew in number]
It seem's whatever came up against the early Church - would never prevail
Abundant life after the desert experience where they experienced that which they did not deserve... [it was if a dream - another exile to deliverance]
The Hebrew slave experience brought healing..
[end of metaphor] your homework [to find out how many metaphors of the early Church there are - where slavery and persecution became a rebuild and healing]
I have had a vision for many days of a bird of prey picking up a branch in its beak - I have a new season beginning and the spring and new hope.
The bird is as clear as clear and actually it is time to begin rebuilding.
This picture is so clear as the bird begins to rebuild yet another nestn and I almost become familiar with this .
No idea what this means - and so lets begin another study.
No idea where we are going here - so lets light another torch and see where we go.
One thing is clear this bird /person/ is about to begin rebuilding.
THE SPECKLED BIRD
Now the vision begns to make sense to me, I read Psalm 129:1 - yes this is the speckled bird I saw as few days ago.
She is in Jeremiah 12:9 Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.
Yes and this is the furrows - it begins to make sense now
I have onlly just read this psalm and had no insight before - and so this is really a revelation to me and wow- hello bird..
THE RIGHT SEASON
Of course the bird is Israel - but is also the Church under persecution, which takes us to exile and redemption/restoration/again and again, as the bird returns each season to build another nest.
The speckled bird must return each season to begin rebuilding...
Israel beginning with Adam and Eve [exiled from the garden "yet restored"
I see this as a "person" nation / as Abraham Isaac and Jacob/ or beginning with Joseph who was led to Egypt by his brother and their furrows /scourges/ like a whip upon the back/ like a bird that has been pecked by all the birds around/ like a Church persecuted/ like a single bird going back to a nest time and time again/ lets begin rebuilding/ for this is the way I am made/season after season/.... Sorrow upon sorrow/ indeed seven sorrows/. many birds .
The resurrection in peoples lives...
And so end of insight and lets begin the bible study @ Exodus 1:11-22... beginning with the people in captivity in Egypt and their restoration [as the bird yet again flies its nest/ in it's season]
And so the workers/labourers/plowman/ here, are not like those in well known metaphors of the New Testament or to be compared with them, as these are not working in the vineyard [world] as those mentioned or ploughing the ground to prepare it for fruit or harvest. [but in a strange way are used to prepare the way for God - in people]
Instead the plowman here are those mentioned in Exodus 1:11-22 those egyptian taskmasters who whipped and scourged the backs of the hebrew people and this is the ploughing mentioned in Psalm 129:3
The plowman can be seen as Joseph's brothers selling him to slavery or Nebuchadnezzar seizing Jerusalem and taking captives into exile.
Here the plowman are those delivering stikes again and again to Israel all through scripture and into the prophesied future or past Luke 21:20
Their plows are like the scourge of the whip on the back- that turn and strike again and again.
THE SPECKLED BIRD
Can be likened to Israel and her suffering throughout the ages - and do not forget Israel's youth - but we should not forget the sufferings of Christ and His Church - as in Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Only here with Jesus Christ we see that the oppression and suffering - has a purposes and a meaning and a purpose and a cause....
Now we return to Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Jesus has cut us from the cords of the enemy - therefore they will not prevail /overcome/
Again and again God takes charge and delivers the speckled bird of Israel - this bird is like no other, she is chosen/set apart/ unique/ and this is why others around - attack her.
This imagery here in this Psalm conveys many things - but we should not take this particular metaphor too far - as it is simply used as a picture to convey an image /impression.
It can be seen as a double metaphor or double entendre - [the plow being the whip upon the back of the bird]
Here the bird appears over and over and season after season - in scripture.
But in Christ the plowman have a purpose ...
THE WRONG SOWERS
Have you ever seen moss grow on a roof ? in this day and age we will often see this - due to the birds.
After a time of drought this moss will fall from the roof and into the gutters and soon to be cleaned out by people like myself @ http://www.tjscleaningservices.co.uk/Gutter-clearing
In this naton of Israel flat roofs would grow grass and this grass would only be short lived as it was only dependent upon the soil distributed by the "bird"...
At the same time the seeds - could not grow without the rains that God provides.
Here in this illustraton/picture/ God is soveriegn and has the power over the rains.
Now the grass whithers and falls 1 Peter 1:24 this is perishable seed, here today and gone tomorrow - like the grass on the rooftop - that dies and is fades away and this is Psalm 129:6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow.
Psalm 37:2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb. - this was a prayer of King david - yet Psalm 129 is an unkown author - I like to think of this Psalm as a psalm of Israel [the speckled bird]
I like to consider this Psalm as a song of Israel and her history - yet of course the Author is Jesus and by His stripes /scourges / we are healed.
Simply because He sowed the seed n the right places.
Here God scatters the seed - but the birds gather it - Matthew 13:4
The birds here in this imagery [Psalm 129] are people throughout the history of Israel who have pecked and persected the speckled bird [Israel - Christ/Church - or His people] they here in this psalm are like the grass on the roof [that whither and die] their attacks had no lasting affect. [eternal/spiritual]
They are rhe sowers on the rooftops in Matthew 13:4 the attackers of the speckled bird.
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