Almost as if it were a preamble, Psalm 103: 1-2 concentrates on the benefactor. This way, it assures the believer that whatever benefits which are to follow can be counted upon because of the divinity,
Why would anyone have to be reminded not to forget all of the Lord’s benefits? Could it be that we have become so accustomed to them that we take them for granted? Or, that we
We could very easily take all day to bless His holy nature. By nature, He is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omni-beneficent. By nature, He is gracious, loving and kind. By nature, He is real, righteous and
The Israelites marched out of Egypt in military order (Ex. “13:18, “harnessed;” marg., “five in a rank”). Each tribe formed” “a battalion, with its own banner and leader (Num. 2:2; 10:14).” In war the army was divided into thousands and hundreds under “their several captains (Num. 31:14), and also into families” (Num. 2:34; 2 Chr. 25:5; 26:12). From the time of their entering “the land of Canaan to the time of the kings, the Israelites made” “little progress in military affairs, although often engaged in” warfare. The kings introduced the custom of maintaining a “bodyguard (the Gibborim; i.e., “heroes”), and thus the nucleus” “of a standing army was formed. Saul had an army of 3,000 select” warriors (1 Sam. 13:2; 14:52; 24:2). David also had a band of soldiers around him (1 Sam. 23:13; 25:13). To this band he afterwards added the Cherethites and the Pelethites (2 Sam. 15:18; 20:7). At first the army consisted only of infantry (1 “Sam. 4:10; 15:4), as the use of horses was prohibited (Deut.” 17:16); but chariots and horses were afterwards added (2 Sam. “8:4; 1 Kings 10:26, 28, 29; 1 Kings 9:19). In 1 Kings 9:22 there” is given a list of the various gradations of rank held by those who composed the army. The equipment and maintenance of the army “were at the public expense (2 Sam. 17:28, 29; 1 Kings 4:27;” “10:16, 17; Judg. 20:10). At the Exodus the number of males above” “twenty years capable of bearing arms was 600,000 (Ex. 12:37). In” “David’s time it mounted to the number of 1,300,000 (2 Sam.” 24:9).
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