Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mosaic Extracts, Psalm 135.

Mosaic Extracts, Psalm 135.

 Now we enter a Psalm that compiles a picture from many sources/scriptures/images/

We now make up a compilation to complete a Mosaic.

Much like the coloured glass leaded window of a building - creating a spectrum for light to pass through.

So lets begin our stained glass window by extracting  Psalm 135 is taking pieces from Psalm 134:1
A Song of Ascents. Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD, Who serve by night in the house of the LORD

Also Psalm 116:19 in the courts of the house of the LORD-- in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.

Now lets take another piece of coloured glass and use

Deuteronomy 7:6  For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

To continue the Mosaic window, now you can easily see that these are also cross references and parts of Psalm 135 are repeated /borrowed/ from other parts of the bible [we see this a lot in scripture - where scripture repeats itslef again and again[ so here we are being reminded over and over "as children often are"

We find another parallel with...

Psalm 95:3  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Another Jeremiah 10:13  When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Again the Author of this Psalm uses

Exodus 3:15  God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' "This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

And another piece of the glass can be seen in

Deuteronomy 32:36  The LORD will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.

And ending Psalm 135 we find a cross "kind /likeness/  with

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

We have now made our stained glass window with cross references and borrowed scripture to make a mosaic window that Light can shine through. It is like a sunday school collage  where we put together different pieces of pictures from different sources and make an image .

Psalm 135  is a summary that creates a picture that speaks to people - a summary from different places or like a pick and mix.

Bring in scriptures from various places and use them to create a Mosaic stained glass window - but do not forget that the window reflects a spectrum of Light through it to convey another message.

The trouble with looking throught this coloured glass is that it can create it's own world [set apart]

So I now include a video @   

Actually the reality of this is quite different for the disciples as we saw in the last study - and the people of God suffer as much as those outside of the Kingdom or more so.

I am merely using this memory / video as an alternative piece of glass in the Mosaic stained glass window. - but this does not reflect all within the house of the Lord and neither does it create the full spectrum of Light through the stained window [but is merely different aspects and points made from different places [as is Psalm 135]

It all depends on who is looking at the Mosaic and where from - indeed not all will be within this place to even notice the Mosaic .

Ok lets look at the state of this psalm.

Here the idols were of no value, silver and gold, and so you see reflections here of the book of Job... as with Psalm 135:7

Here God's parculiar people were led into exile - due to their actions - God led them here and also God brought them out.

It was prophesied long before with Daniel 9:1-2  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans? 2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 25:11  This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

 and Jeremiah 29:10  This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.

We are taken back with this psalm into the deliverance from egypt and pharoah, we are also taken back to / the desert wanderings and the taking of other nations and those nations being made captive by Israel,

And we are reminded of the false worshipof this naton of Israel and how thet are going to be made desolate as Jeremiah had prophesied .

Therefore praise His Name you house of Araan and praise His name you house of levi .

Praise Him as you enter your captivity as prophesied you will be released - now praise Him as you are released and re enter the land.

Now do not get fooled here - these people that watched by night were there by duty and loyalty, by service and dedication.

But their hearts were not there, and God saw it.. this was not hidden adultery - but blatant .

This is the plural "you" - now instead of israel making other nations captive - Israel itself is captive /exiled/ but prophesied to be released - another generation now see's the promises of God/ prophecy/

Here before time - the state of a nation chosen by God is already dictated - but will be [out of their control] but because of their deeds already decided  - and their end already known - and decided. due to the future generation repentance already known of by God.

Now lets continue "says God"

Again in  Daniel 9:20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill....

Here Daniel prays /intercedes on behalf of Jacob/Israel/ and note Daniel prays as if it is himself.

Now go to Psalm 135:14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

Here God Judging His people does restore /have mercy/gives Grace/ directs the path into His favor/have compassion upon/protect/deliver/  this is the judging here

Again in this Mosiac Psalm we again see another scripture borrowed in Deuteronomy 32:36 The LORD will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.

As God said to Paul "My grace is sufficient for you"

Looking at this as a metaphor [or a mosaic window]

We may be in a place where we are being called out of babylon ...  1 Peter 2:9

We may already be rebuilding the walls - as in  1 Peter 2:5

Or we might be worshipping in the rebuilt temple 1 Corinthians 6:19

Lord God in Jesus name continue draw me out, rebuild me that I might help build, thankyou that I am now the temple and
 house of your Holy Spirit, in Jesus Name Amen.

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