Biblical Interpretation from Someone with no Training in Biblical Interpretation
First I’d like to give a little personal note: I’ve been praying for more understanding while reading the Psalms. Often after the first fifty or so, they all start to run together while I read them. I am happy to announce that the praying has been paying off and God has been speaking to me more through the Psalms I remember him ever doing before. So if you are having trouble understanding God’s word, pray on it. It’s worked every time for me and can really make a big difference in the quality of your readings. Now then, let’s move on to our topic for this post.
Psalm 85 starts off with a great reminder that we all need. Though, often we forget about this piece of history since only two books of the Bible focus at length on it. Psalms 85:1-3 remind us that after all of the awfulness of being exiled, the Lord restored the Israelites to their land. We read,
You showed favor to your land, O Lord;
You restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
And covered their sins. (Selah)
You set aside all your wrath
And turned from your fierce anger (Psalms 85:1-3)
We can hang out with Asaph during the hard times and we can cry out to God like he did in Psalms 74:9 (“We are given no miraculous signs; no prophets are left, and none of us know how long this will be.”), but God responds to us in Psalm 85, “Remember, I restored my people.”
2 Chronicles 36:17-20 explains the total destruction Jerusalem, it reads,
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man nor young woman, old man or aged. God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar. He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the reassures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. They set fire to god’s temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.
He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power.
The people went into captivity and were brought to an all-time low. But when we fast forward to the times of Jesus, even under the thumb of Rom, the people were back, Jerusalem was bustling again, and the temple was rebuilt (and actually bigger than the original).
Jesus died, and stayed dead for three days, but he came back to life. And even after he came back, he didn’t go straight to heaven. He showed us that through God, all things can be overcome. So have faith, for the Lord will get us out of all trouble.