‘Psalm in a bog’ linked to Israel’s current war

This is very interesting, in particular the timing of the find and the passage that the Psalm was turned to.

Psalm in a Bog

The “miraculous” find of ancient psalms in an Irish bog has some wondering if there’s any special modern relevance, since the discovery dealt with the enemies of Israel attempting to destroy the nation.
Ancient book of psalms found in Irish bog by construction worker was opened to Psalm 83 (photo: National Museum of Ireland)
A construction worker in Ireland came across the ancient 20-page book dated to the years 800-1000 A.D. while driving his backhoe’s shovel into the mud last week. Experts say it’s impossible to say how the manuscript ended up there, but speculate it may have been lost in transit or dumped after a raid some 1,000 to 1,200 years ago.
The National Museum of Ireland issued a statement saying, “In discovery terms, this Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls is being hailed by the museum’s experts as the greatest find ever from a European bog.”
“It is not so much the fragments themselves, but what they represent, that is of such staggering importance,” said the museum’s director, Pat Wallace. “In my wildest hopes, I could only have dreamed of a discovery as fragile and rare as this. It testifies to the incredible richness of the Early Christian civilization of this island and to the greatness of ancient Ireland.”
Wallace called it a “miracle find,” telling the Associated Press, “it’s unlikely that something this fragile could survive buried in a bog at all, and then for it to be unearthed and spotted before it was destroyed is incalculably more amazing.”
But it’s the fact the book was discovered opened to Psalm 83 that is attracting attention across the globe.
The ancient psalm deals with a plea to God not to let the enemies of Israel eradicate God’s chosen nation.

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
(Psalm 83:1-4)

It then lists a number of Israel’s ancient enemies bent on its destruction.

Stan Goodenough, a South African journalist living in Israel for the past 12 years calls the timing of the discovery “incredible.”
For right now Israel’s enemies are again united in their desire to “cut Israel off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” They purpose to take for themselves the “pastures of God for a possession.” And that they are in league – or in a confederacy – is clear.
From Gaza, supported by most of the Arab states, the violence is being directed by the Palestinian Arab terrorist groups: the PLO, Hamas, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine and the popular resistance Committees.
In the north, the Lebanese group [Hezbollah], supplied and enabled by Syria and the non-Arab but also Islamic Iran, is raining rockets down on Israel.
This, given the current situation, makes Psalm 83 a fascinating and fitting read, the ancient find nothing short of a phenomenon.

Goodenough points out the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, just as the modern state of Israel was being formed.

The bog find was heralded by the museum on Tuesday, one day after a call for global prayer on behalf of Israel. Psalm 83 was one of three psalms recited at locations worldwide Tuesday at the request of the governing council of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

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12 Responses to “‘Psalm in a bog’ linked to Israel’s current war”

  1. beth says:

    Coincidence? I think not.

  2. beth says:

    Is it just me, or does this story make you wonder how people are so stubborn that they WILL NOT believe in God? I truly believe that if our Lord Jesus Christ came back to earth in all His Glory and stood directly in front of some people, they would still refuse to believe that he exists. It is the height of stubbornness to see all the signs that point to Jesus and His imminent return and still refuse to believe.

    The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
    Psalm 14:1-3

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
    1 Corinthians 1:17-19

  3. Jason says:

    Then call me a fool…

    There is no god…

    At least, 90% of the time… 🙂

    (That’s a funny for you, Beth!)

  4. Ronald Hume says:

    Praise the LORD, May the Irish people realize afresh just how blessed they are. Pray for Israel and may they be assured that G_d has not forgotten them.
    “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
    The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
    Selah” Psalm 46:10-11

  5. beth says:

    Hey, Ronald, you are right, we are all blessed when the God of everything sends us such a personal message. And we should all be praying for Israel and her people right now. Can you imagine the fear that these people are living in everyday? I am fervently praying for God to reveal Himself to the Jews who have not accepted Jesus as their Messiah as well as for the Christian Jews there who are in danger. the things that are happening in Israel and the surrounding countries were prophecied thousands of years ago and are coming true today – in our time. I am amazed by the events that are taking place, because I truly believe the return of our Lord Jesus is so near. Thank you for visiting the blog! Have a great day……

  6. beth says:

    Thanks for the joke, but I prefer money – hahaha.

    Jason, I would never call you a fool;however, the divine, inspired, inerrent Word of god DOES call anyone a fool who believes in his heart there is no God. Anyway, since you believe in God 10% of the time, I guess that makes you only 90% fool.

    Thats a funny for you, Jason:-)

  7. Jason says:

    Hmm… my last comment didn’t publish…

    Here goes again…

    I said, I’ll take 90%–that’s still an “A” in public school and a “B+” in private school!

    🙂

  8. Ronald Hume says:

    The Fool Has Said

    “There is no God”, the speaker cries.
    “Don’t let your thoughts be chained.
    This universe evolved itself,
    This world is self contained.”

    Just then an urchin in the crowd
    A skilful pebble throws
    Which accurately lands upon an atheistic nose.
    “Who threw that stone?” the speaker roars.
    At which the cockney elf, intuitively keen, retorts,
    “No one! It threw itself.”

    So a pathetic casualty, discomfited and worse,
    Goes home to meditate upon this causeless universe.
    Unknown author
    Psalm 10:4
    “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”
    Psalm 53:1
    ‘The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
    Note, “the fool says”, what the atheist really is saying “no God for me” because it’s impossible to deny an Almighty Living God.

    1 Samuel 2:1-3
    Then Hannah prayed and said:
    “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn [a] is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. ‘There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.’ ‘Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by Him deeds are weighed.’”
    Footnotes:
    {a}1 Samuel 2:1 Horn here symbolizes strength; also in verse 10.
    2 Chronicles 6:14
    “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”

    I know that God is “and He is a re-warder of those who earnestly seek Him” (1) ; I know that Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for the sins of the world and that “whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” (2) .
    If I’m wrong about this, although I’m absolutely sure I’m right, I’ve lost nothing when I die. However those who live life ignoring God’s call to repent, believe in the atoning blood of Christ and accept His free gift of salvation; imagine their dilemma when their life is over and they have to face the Eternal Almighty God and declare that they did not believe and receive His gift of salvation.
    If you have never accept Christ as your Saviour don’t be a fool, do it now. Repent, i.e. turn from your sins, believe Christ died for YOU, ask for forgiveness and accept it as a free gift and seek to obey God’s Word the Bible.

    (1) Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
    (2) John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.

  9. Steve says:

    Jason,
    …and an “F” from God…
    🙂

  10. Beth says:

    Jason, I think you need to go to Christian school – forget the public and private grading scale – you definitely dont want an F from God, even if you do only believe in Him 10% of the time. Have a great day! 🙂

  11. Jason says:

    Again, Beth, it’s not about believing in him 10% of the time,” it is “10% of the time I entertain the thought that there might be a god” and trust me, it never includes the one from the bible…

    But thatnks for the thoughts and cares, it’s appreciated even if its misplced… 🙂

    An “F” from God, eh? As long as he sends a transcript… 🙂

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