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 Psalm  78.
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1 > Give ear, O my people, to my law;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
My people, hear my teaching;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
2 > I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
I will open my mouth with a parable;
  I will utter hidden things, things from of old —
3 >  Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
 things we have heard and known,
    things our ancestors have told us.
4 >  We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
    we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 >  For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
He decreed statutes for Jacob
    and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach their children,
6 >  That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
so the next generation would know them,
    even the children yet to be born,
    and they in turn would tell their children.
7 >  That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;
Then they would put their trust in God
    and would not forget his deeds
    but would keep his commands.
8 >   And may not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not set its heart aright,
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
They would not be like their ancestors—
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
    whose spirits were not faithful to him.
9 >  The children of Ephraim, being armed and 
  carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.
The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,
    turned back on the day of battle;
10 >   They did not keep the covenant of God;
They refused to walk in His law,
they did not keep God’s covenant
    and refused to live by his law.
11 >   And forgot His works
And His wonders that He had shown them.
They forgot what he had done,
    the wonders he had shown them.
12 >  Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers,
In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors
    in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
13 >  He divided the sea and caused them to pass through;
And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
He divided the sea and led them through;
    he made the water stand up like a wall.
14 >  In the daytime also He led them with the cloud,
And all the night with a light of fire.
14> He guided them with the cloud by day
    and with light from the fire all night.
15 >  He split the rocks in the wilderness,
And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.
He split the rocks in the wilderness
    and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 >  He also brought streams out of the rock,
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
16> he brought streams out of a rocky crag
    and made water flow down like rivers.
17 >  But they sinned even more against Him
By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.
But they continued to sin against him,
    rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
18 >  And they tested God in their heart
By asking for the food of their fancy.
18> They willfully put God to the test
    by demanding the food they craved.
19 >   Yes, they spoke against God: They said,
  “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
They spoke against God; they said,
“Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?
20 >  Behold, He struck the rock,
So that the waters gushed out,
And the streams overflowed.
Can He give bread also?
Can He provide meat for His people?”
20> True, he struck the rock,
    and water gushed out,
    streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
    Can he supply meat for his people?”
21 >  Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious;
So a fire was kindled against Jacob,
And anger also came up against Israel,
When the Lord heard them, he was furious;
    his fire broke out against Jacob,
    and his wrath rose against Israel,
22 >  Because they did not believe in God,
And did not trust in His salvation.
22> for they did not believe in God
    or trust in his deliverance.
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Text  Quoted  in  Spirit of Prophecy

"The children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited: they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan." For forty years they were daily reminded by this miraculous provision, of God's unfailing care and tender love. In the words of the psalmist, God gave them "of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels' food" (Psalm 78:24, 25) -- that is, food provided for them by the angels. Sustained by "the corn of heaven," they were daily taught that, having God's promise, they were as secure from want as if surrounded by fields of waving grain on the fertile plains of Canaan.  {PP 297.1} 
"He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers." Psalm 78:15, 16. Moses smote the rock, but it was the Son of God who, veiled in the cloudy pillar, stood beside Moses, and caused the life-giving water to flow. Not only Moses and the elders, but all the congregation who stood at a distance, beheld the glory of the Lord; but had the cloud been removed, they would have been slain by the terrible brightness of Him who abode therein.  {PP 298.2}
Says the psalmist: "They tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can He give bread also? can He provide flesh for His people? Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth." Psalm 78:18-21. Murmuring and tumults had been frequent during the journey from the Red Sea to Sinai, but in pity for their ignorance and blindness God had not then visited the sin with judgments. But since that time He had revealed Himself to them at Horeb. They had received great light, as they had been witnesses to the majesty, the power, and the mercy of God; and their unbelief and discontent incurred the greater guilt. Furthermore, they had covenanted to accept Jehovah as their king and to obey His authority. Their murmuring was now rebellion, and as such it must receive prompt and signal punishment, if Israel was to be preserved from anarchy and ruin. "The fire of Jehovah burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp." The most guilty of the complainers were slain by lightning from the cloud.  {PP 379.1}  Chapter 33
"For all this they sinned still, and believed not for His wondrous works. . . . When He slew them, then they sought Him: and they returned and inquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their Rock, and the high God their Redeemer." Psalm 78:32-35. Yet they did not turn to God with a sincere purpose. Though when afflicted by their enemies they sought help from Him who alone could deliver, yet "their heart was not right with Him, neither were they steadfast in His covenant. But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned He His anger away. . . . For He remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again." Verses 37-39.  Patriarchs and Prophets, page 410.3   Chapter 36
"They forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt," "and guided them in the wilderness like a flock." "They provoked Him to anger with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their graven images." Therefore the Lord "forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which He placed among them; and delivered His strength into captivity, and His glory into the enemy's hand." Judges 2:12; Psalm 78:52, 58, 60, 61. Yet He did not utterly forsake His people. There was ever a remnant who were true to Jehovah; and from time to time the Lord raised up faithful and valiant men to put down idolatry and to deliver the Israelites from their enemies. But when the deliverer was dead, and the people were released from his authority, they would gradually return to their idols. And thus the story of backsliding and chastisement, of confession and deliverance, was repeated again and again.  Patriarchs and Prophets, page 545.1  Chapter 53
Heaven's plan of salvation is broad enough to embrace the whole world. God longs to breathe into prostrate humanity the breath of life. And He will not permit any soul to be disappointed who is sincere in his longing for something higher and nobler than anything the world can offer. Constantly He is sending His angels to those who, while surrounded by circumstances the most discouraging, pray in faith for some power higher than themselves to take possession of them and bring deliverance and peace. In various ways God will reveal Himself to them and will place them in touch with providences that will establish their confidence in the One who has given Himself a ransom for all, "that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments." Psalm 78:7.  {PK 377.1}
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