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Psalm 136 – God’s eternal election.
Posted: 7 August 2012 in Psalms

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever….. To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever: And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever: And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever.

In reading Psalm 136 it has always struck me that the Egyptians and Amorites might not have been exactly impressed by God’s mercy towards them. It would seem that there is only mercy for those whom God chooses to have mercy upon, and that, in bringing his elect to salvation, there is only wrath for those he has not chosen.

That God should save some of his creatures, and repobate others, scandalises people down to this present day, but it is a theme which runs throughout the Bible: Starting with the call of Abraham (rather than any of his fellow countrymen) in Genesis 12.1, right through to the salvation only of those whose names were written in the book of life from the foundation of the world (Rev 13.8 and 20.15).

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