HOPE for a Nation

Hey folks,

Sorry that it has been so long since I wrote. I  had been on the west coast and the time change, along with the hotels usury internet charge, got me. In fact, I am still reeling from the time change, but the one constant is the LORD God. God is faithful. It is in Him that my hope lies. HOPE is what we had been investigating. We last left off in Psalm 119. Today, our insight comes from Psalm 130

Psalm 130:6-8

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

In this Psalm, the psalmist issued a collective call to the Israelites, the nation or people of God. From the context of the verses, we see that the nation was asked to put their HOPE in the Lord for redemption of sins. We are always looking for redemption as we regularly need redeeming. In it’s purest sense, redeem is to buy back from captivity by sacrifice. Sin captures the heart and mind of man preventing him from allegiance to the LORD God. It is clear in this psalm that the people were guilty. The psalmist was calling for the people to repent of their sins.

He also identified how their redemption would come. Verse 8 prophesies that “he himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” Furthermore, Peter in, Acts 2:36 36, said, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” Peter definitively stated that Jesus is the fulfillment of the psalmist hope. While this position shares the forwardness of the promised redeemer, the people then were redeemed then just as we are now: HOPING in the promise and provision of God. In Acts 13, Paul tells us “23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.” The man to whom Paul was referring was David, the king whom God chose.

Furthermore, Paul goes on to say in Acts 211 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) — 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

What is the HOPE that we have? Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross as the redeeming act to bring us back to God. This is the HOPE for a Nation. This should be our prayer that God redeems us all.


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