Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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What should I learn from this chapter?
- There’s always more to scripture than meets the eye
- That which God values vs that which man values
- The meaning of Rain
Praise to God for His Word and Providence
Psalm 147:1 Praise (Heb. Hallelujah) the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
Psalm 147:2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds (Lit. sorrows).
Psalm 147:4 He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
- God literally knows all the stars in the entire universe and can call them by name.
- Symbolically, He also counts the stars of Jacob: twelve. Joseph and Benjamin, Gad, Asher, Judah, Reuben, Naphtali, Simeon, Dan, Issachar, Zebulun, Levi.
- Genesis 1:16
- Genesis 37:9
- Revelation 12:1
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
- Revelation 19:6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked down to the ground.
Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Psalm 147:8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
- Rain is a metaphor for Jesus, the Messiah.
- Clouds are a metaphor for angels
- Jesus will return to earth as the Jewish Messiah, coming down from heaven like the rain, in the clouds of the hosts of the heavens.
Newspaper announces a bible code in the book of Isaiah:
BIBLE CODE RESEARCH UNCOVERS SENTENCE
An Ashland Hebrew scholar, using an Israeli computer system, finds a 22 letter message in Isaiah
The Oregonian Oct 1, 2000 A25
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ASHLAND – A Hebrew scholar and a mathematician have found what they call one of the most significant discoveries in the field of Bible code research.
Nathan Jacobi, an Ashland scientist and Hebrew teacher, found a seven-word sentence encoded in the Old Testament book of Isaiah.
“Everybody I’ve shown it to thinks it’s phenomenal,” Said Jacobi.
The longest code to date had been 13 letters long, but the new code is 22 letters long.
The chances of finding a sentence-length code in a Hebrew text is 1 out of 685 billion times 1 billion, said Ed Sherman, an actuary. He owns an Ashland firm that runs insurance statistics for several Fortune 500 companies.
Jacobi and Sherman’s newest code is Shakak Meal Yeshua Shmi Az Sasu Avim which is translated: “Gushing over Yeshua was my mighty name and the clouds rejoiced.”
Yeshua is the commonly agreed-upon Hebrew name for Jesus, Jacobi said. The code was found in Isaiah 53, a text that prophecies the coming of Jesus Christ as Messiah.
Scholars attribute the text to a prophet (Isaiah) who lived six centuries before Christ was born.
Jacobi describes his own spiritual beliefs as neither Jewish nor Christian.
Bible codes are found by searching the Hebrew text for letters at certain (consistent) intervals to form words. Sherman and Jacobi use an Israeli computer program that eliminates spaces between words, then chooses every third letter for example, to find hidden messages.
Summary: “Gushing over Yeshua (Jesus – Salvation) was My mighty name (Yehovah) and the clouds (angels) rejoiced.”
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
Psalm 147:9 He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that cry.
Psalm 147:10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
- Those who rely on their own possessions and their own strength.
Psalm 147:11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.
Psalm 147:12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
Psalm 147:13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
He has blessed your children within you.
Psalm 147:14 He makes peace in your borders,
And fills you with the finest wheat (Lit. fat of wheat).
Psalm 147:15 He sends out His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly.
- Faster than the legs of a man or the strength of the horse.
Psalm 147:16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;
- Snow and wool are white like righteousness. The ashes (death) of the righteous frost makes men clean which is the righteousness of Jesus.
Psalm 147:17 He casts out His hail like morsels (fragments of food);
Who can stand before His cold?
Psalm 147:18 He sends out His word and melts them;
He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
- Wind is the life of the Holy Spirit. The waters are a river of people.
Psalm 147:19 He declares His word to Jacob,
His statutes and His judgments to Israel.
- The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob gives Jacob’s descendants His Law and His Promises of a Messiah. They are His chosen people, set apart and called holy for the Lord.
Psalm 147:20 He has not dealt thus with any nation;
And as for His judgments, they have not known them.
- The gentiles do not know God’s judgments, which are His laws. Gentiles are anyone not born Jewish.
Praise (Heb. Hallelujah) the Lord!
- Hallelujah is an exclamation used in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God while Hosanna is a cry of praise or adoration to God in liturgical use among the Jews, shouted in recognition of the messiah-ship of Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem; hence since used in the christian church.
- Hosanna means ‘save, rescue, savior‘