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    • The Presence of the Lord  In ancient times, when the Israelites first settled into the holy Land, the Lord promised to ‘dwell among them’. Exodus 29:45-46 I shall dwell in the midst of My people, I shall become their God and by My dwelling among them they will know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of Egypt. This ‘dwelling’, was not as a visible entity but just His ‘Presence’, only seen by the people as a cloud or a pillar of fire that went before them during the Exodus and after the Temple was built, in the Holy of Holies as the Shekinah Glory. 1 Kings 8:10-11,  Corinthians 10:4    Unfortunately those chosen people failed to keep their side of the Covenant and the Lord separated them into two Houses, 2 Kings 12:24. He sent the Assyrians to remove the Northern ten tribes of Israel, Isaiah 9:8. Their punishment was to be 390 years, Ezekiel 4:4. This was multiplied by seven, for their continued sins, Leviticus 26:18, giving  a total decreed exile of 2730 years. Then 130 years after the Assyrian conquest, Babylon took away the House of Judah, Isaiah 3:8-9 and their punishment was to be 40 years, Ezekiel 4:6 but, multiplied by seven times seven, Leviticus 26:24-28, for a total decreed exile of 1960 years.   So as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:11, what happened before will happen again and   Righteous Israelites, who includes all those who love the Lord and keep His commandments: Christians from every race, nation and language. Isaiah 56:1-8, Ephesians 2:1-22, Galatians 3:26-29, will soon gather and settle in all of the holy Land, Ezekiel 20:34-38, from the Nile to the Euphrates, thus fulfilling God’s promises to the Patriarchs. Psalms 105:7-11, Isaiah 26:1-2 When they build the new Temple, the Ark of the Covenant will be recovered from its hiding place and the Shekinah glory will come back into the Holy of Holies so in the same manner as before, the Lord ‘will dwell among His people’. Ezekiel 43:4, Isaiah 12:6   Israel’s new leaders, Jeremiah 30:21, Hosea 1:11, will see Him, Isaiah 24:23 and ‘His glory will be revealed to all believers’. 2 Thess. 1:10, Isaiah 60:1, Isaiah 30:20, Hebrews 8:11, Ezekiel 39:27-29 ‘They will exemplify His holiness for all to see’. When Jesus said: ‘I will be with you always, to the close of the age’, Matthew 28:20 He meant it spiritually and in the next age of the Millennium, He will once again be on earth physically.   After the many more prophesied events that will take place until the end of this age, the Lord Jesus will Return for His Millennial reign. ‘Blessed be He who comes in the Name of the Lord’, will be the shout of the Christian  Israelites in Jerusalem, as all the world sees Jesus Return on the clouds.                                                                                   Bruce McKerras    October 2012
    • Psa 102:11  My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. My days are like a shadow that declineth - The idea is that the shadow made by the descending sun was about to disappear altogether. It had become less distinct and clear, and it would soon vanish. I am withered like grass - which in the morning is flourishing, is cut down and withered at evening: this is the case of all flesh, however beautiful and goodly it may look; it is weak, frail, and mortal; cannot stand before the force of afflictions, which quickly consume strength and beauty, and much less before the scythe of death; Psa_90:5-6 You carry them away like a flood; They are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up: In the morning it flourishes and grows up; In the evening it is cut down and withers. Psa 102:12  But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever - Though my condition has been changed, though I have been cast down from an exalted position, though kingdoms rise and fall, yet thou art unchanged. Thy purposes will abide. Thy promises will be fulfilled. Thy character is the same. The psalmist here brings to his own mind, as an encouragement in trouble, as we may at all times, the fact that God is an unchanging God; that He always lives; that He is ever the same. We could have no ground of hope if God changed; if He formed purposes only to abandon them; if He made promises only to disregard them; if today He were a Being of mercy and goodness, and tomorrow would be merely a Being of justice and wrath. This argument is enlarged upon in Psa_102:25-28. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever - This address is made to Christ, as is clear from Psa_102:25 Of old You have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of Your hands. and Heb_1:10 And, "You, Lord, have laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. Christ who is a divine Person, endures forever, is from everlasting to everlasting, unchangeably the same in His love, power, wisdom, faithfulness, &c. and though He died as man, He will die no more; He is alive, and lives for evermore; and because He lives, His people shall live also; and He will come again to take them to Himself: and, as Mediator, He is King forever; always continues, as such, to rule over, protect, and defend His people; and is a Priest forever, and ever lives to make intercession for them; and His blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, have a constant virtue in them, to take away sin, and secure from it: the consideration of the perpetuity of Christ, in His person and offices, was a comfort to the psalmist under his troubles, and in a view of his own declining state. And thy remembrance unto all generations - Thy memory; or, the remembrance of thee. My days are like a shadow. I shall pass away, and be forgotten. No one will recollect me; no one will feel any interest in remembering that I have ever lived. But while one knows that this must be so in regard to himself and to all other people - that he and they are alike to be forgotten - he may also feel that there is One who will never be forgotten. God will never pass away. He will be always the same. All the hopes of the church - of the world - are based on this. It is not on man - on any one individual - on any number of people - for they will all alike pass away and be forgotten; but one generation of people after another, to the end of time, may call on God, and find him an ever-living, an unchanged and unchangeable protector and friend. thy remembrance to all generations - the remembrance of His name Jehovah, or Jesus, or Immanuel, or any other, is sweet and precious to His saints in all ages; and so the remembrance of His works, of what He has done and suffered, especially the great work of redemption; for the remembrance of which the ordinance of the Lord's supper is appointed to be continued till His second coming; and His Gospel is an everlasting one, which will transmit the memory of Him to men in every age, to the end of the world; and though all flesh is as grass, and every man dies, even the ministers of the word, yet that itself lives forever. Remembrance - The name, Jehovah, which is called by this very word, God's remembrance, or memorial, and that unto all generations, Exo_3:15 And God said to Moses again, You shall say this to the sons of Israel, Jehovah 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, and this is My title from generation to generation.
    • Psa 102:9  For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, For I have eaten ashes like bread - I have seated myself in ashes in my grief Job_2:8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes. Jon_3:6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. and ashes have become, as it were, my food. The ashes in which he sat had been mingled with his food. For I have eaten ashes like bread - He sitting in ashes, as Job did, and rolling himself in them in the manner of mourners; and, having no other table than the ground to eat his food upon, he might eat ashes along with it; and the sense may be, that he ate bread like ashes, no more savored and relished it, or was nourished by it, than if he had eaten ashes. He was fed with the bread of adversity, and water of affliction: And mingled my drink with weeping - Tears have fallen into the cup from which I drank, and have become a part of my drink. The idea is, that he had shed copious tears; and that even when he took his food, there was no respite to his grief. and mingled my drink with weeping - that is, with tears; as he drank, the tears ran down his cheeks, and mixed with the liquor in his cup; he was fed with the bread of tears, and had them to drink in great measure; these were his meat and his drink, day and night, while enemies reproached him, swore at him, against him, and by him; Psa 102:10  Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. Because of thine indignation and thy wrath - he regarded all his sufferings as proof of the indignation and wrath of God against him. For thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down - We were exalted in thy favor beyond any people, and now thou hast made us the lowest and most abject of the children of men. For thou hast lifted me up and cast me down – or Thou hast lifted me up, and cast me away. That is, Thou hast lifted me from the ground as a storm or tempest takes up a light thing, and hast whirled me away. This idea occurs in Isa_22:18 Whirling, He will whirl you like a ball into a large country; there you shall die, and there are the chariots of your glory, the shame of your lord's house. for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down - so that he may be thrown with the greater force upon the ground; in like manner the psalmist thought the Lord was dealing with him: or this may express his changeable state and condition, sometimes lifted up, and sometimes cast down.
    • Psa 102:6  I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I am like a pelican of the wilderness - A bird in the midst of desolation becomes a striking image of loneliness and distress. The word rendered “pelican”  is supposed to have been a name given to the pelican from the idea of vomiting, as it “vomits the shells and other substances which it has too voraciously swallowed.” The word occurs in the following places, where it is rendered as here “pelican:” Lev_11:18; Deu_14:17; and in Isa_34:11; Zep_2:14, where it is rendered “cormorant.” I am like an owl of the desert - The owl is a well-known bird which dwells in solitudes and old ruins, and which becomes, alike by its seeking such places of abode, by its appearance, and by its doleful cry, the very emblem of desolation. Psa 102:7  I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the housetop - That is, I am “sleepless;” trouble drives sleep from my eyes, and I am kept awake at night - a common effect of grief and distress. As a sparrow alone – The Hebrew word seems to be often used for any small bird, such as the swallow, sparrow, or the like. Psa 102:8  Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. Mine enemies reproach me all the day - Continually. For his principles and practices, being different from theirs; for his religion; for his faith and profession of it. Good men have their enemies, and always had; but then they are such who are also enemies to God and Christ, and true religion; and these, not content to reproach now and then, continually throw out their scoffs and jeers. John 15:18-9 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.Matthew 10:22 And you will be hated of all men for My name's sake, but the one who endures to the end shall be kept safe. and they that are mad against me - as the those Pharisees etc who were against Christ, because of His miracles, doctrine, and success, and therefore sought to take away His life; and as the Apostle Paul before conversion was, even exceeding mad against the saints, and persecuted them to strange cities, Luk_6:11, so were the psalmist's enemies quite outrageous and implacable, being his sworn enemies. Are sworn against me - literally, “swear by me,” or against me. The meaning is, that they have conspired together under the solemnity of an oath to do me harm. It is not the wrath of an individual that I am to meet, but the combined wrath of those who act under the solemnities of an oath.
    • Psa 102:4  My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass - The metaphor here is taken from grass cut down in the meadow. It is first smitten with the scythe, and then withered by the sun. Thus the Jews were smitten with the judgments of God; and they are now withered under the fire of the Chaldeans. My heart is smitten - Broken; crushed with grief. We now speak of “a broken heart.” My heart is smitten, and withered like grass - his heart was smitten with a sense of sin, and of God's wrath and displeasure at him, and with the heat of affliction and trouble, that it failed him, and he could not look up with joy and comfort: And withered like grass - It is dried up as grass is by drought, or as when it is cut down. It loses its support; and having no strength of its own, it dies. So that I forget to eat my bread - I am so absorbed in my trials; they so entirely engross my attention, that I think of nothing else, not even of those things which are necessary to the support of life. Grief has the effect of taking away the appetite, but this does not seem to be the idea here. It is that of such a complete absorption in trouble that everything else is forgotten. There was such a loss of appetite, through sorrow, that he forgot his stated meals, having no manner of inclination to food. Psa 102:5  By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. By reason of the voice of my groaning - Under the burden of sin, and pressure of afflictions: By suffering and trouble, so great as to produce groaning, my flesh is wasted away. My bones cleave to my skin - The effect described is that of a wasting away or an emaciation of flesh from deep distress, so that the bones became prominent, and had nothing to hide them from view; so that they seemed to adhere fast to the flesh itself. My bones cleave to my skin - was quite emaciated, reduced to a skeleton, became nothing but skin and bone; which sometimes is occasioned, as by outward afflictions, so by soul troubles:  
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