Rebelliousness quelled (Psalm 78)

Nicolas Poussin, “The Gathering of Manna”, c. 1637
One cannot overstate the difficulty of God’s management challenge. One would think that after a series of miracles and a miraculous deliverance from Egypt that his people would have been forever changed. Not so . . . not even those events could root out of them the stubborn and rebellious inclinations that continued to lead them astray. One would think that having forgotten all of that once, and then having God do another series of miracles in the desert that the message might get through. Not so. Well… certainly third times a charm. His people enter the Promised Land. Nope… Well . . . okay, how about the perfect leader in King David. Strike four. What does a god have to do with people like this?!!! Jesus . . .

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