The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74
The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:12: “For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”
King = a monarch or a sovereign of a kingdom.
The word king, or kings appears in 2191 verses of the Bible.
A king has a kingdom.
Kingdom or kingdoms appears in 369 verses.
And in a kingdom, there is a king.
The overriding theme of the BIBLE is one of KINGS and of KINGDOMS!
“For God is my King of old…”
In the First Book of Moses called Genesis we read in chapter five, verse thirty-two:
“And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” [Genesis 5:32] [B.C. 2448]
Before the Genesis Flood [in the antediluvian world] Noah begat three sons. Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives were bridged over to the postdiluvian world by the grace of God.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” [Genesis 6:8] [B.C. 2448]
Eight souls survived the world-wide flood. The number eight is the number for a new beginning.
Now, let’s trace down through one of these sons of Noah: Ham.
Go to chapter ten, verse six: “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.” [Genesis 10:6] [B.C. 2348]
Go to verse eight.
One of Ham’s sons is Cush.
“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.” [Genesis 10:8] [B.C. 2347]
[Again: A king has a kingdom. And in a kingdom, there is a king.]
The over-riding theme of the BIBLE is one of KINGS and of KINGDOMS!
In the First Book of Moses called Genesis, in chapter fourteen, we see the first appearance of the word king.
In fact, in the first two verses we see nine kings listed.
We read: “And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;
That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.” [Genesis 14:1-3] [B.C. 1913]
Now, four of these nine kings: Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations, were from the land of Nimrod.
The land of Nimrod is mentioned in the book of Micah, chapter five, verse six:
“And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.” [Micah 5:6]
The Assyrians were the northern inhabitants of the land of Nimrod.
The Babylonians were the southern inhabitants of the land of Nimrod.
Something else: This land of Nimrod is also called Shinar.
[See for this the cross reference which is located in the book of Daniel, in chapter one, in verse two:
“And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.” [Daniel 1:2]]
The land of Shinar is later also called Chaldea: “And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD.” [Jeremiah 50:10]
And today we Gentiles call this land of Nimrod: MESOPOTAMIA.
Thus, the land of Nimrod = Shinar = Chaldea = Mesopotamia.
Now these four kings are the descendants of another king.
[Remember a king has a kingdom. And in a kingdom, there is a king.]
The first mention in the BIBLE of a kingdom is in chapter ten of the BOOK of BEGINNINGS.
Verse ten: “And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” [Genesis 10:10]
The land of Nimrod had a king: NIMROD.
There is more on this king, go back just one verse to verse nine:
“He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” [Genesis 10:9]
Mighty = signifies having great bodily strength or physical power, not unlike a Superman.
This is the kind of king that men seek for to reign over them in this world.
People are always enamored with mighty men who also have both beauty and charisma.
This was the case with King Saul among the children of Israel in the First Book of Samuel, chapter nine, verse one and two:
“Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.” [1 Samuel 9:1-2]
Saul was the people’s choice: a choice young man.
The men, and the nations of this world, seek the mighty, the beautiful and the proud for their leaders rather than the mighty God whose name is described in the Book of Isaiah, chapter nine, verse six:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” [Isaiah 9:6]
The people made a bad choice!
Why? Because men look on the outward appearance but the inward is FAR more important. [The heart is what really matters].
When each of David’s older brothers filed one by one before Samuel the prophet, the LORD keyed into the matter of the heart in the First Book of Samuel, chapter sixteen, verse six and seven:
“And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:6-7]
THE LORD SEETH NOT AS MAN SEETH!
Now, up to this time, the nation of Israel had no man reigning as king over them.
This was unlike all the other nations. For all the nations had men as their kings except Israel.
Israel had God as their King reigning directly over them in a theocracy.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines: THEOC'RACY, n. Gr. God, and power; to hold. Government of a state by the immediate direction of God; or the state thus governed.
Turn eight chapters back in your BIBLE to chapter eight, and we will read verses four through nine:
“Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.” [1 Samuel 8:4-9]
Israel rejected God as King! The people wanted to be like all the other nations.
It’s a sad commentary because that’s what all the nations of the world desire: They want to govern themselves without the GOD of Heaven and Earth interfering in their matters.
Rebels are what we are!
Now the story does not end here in the gloom.
The story ends well!
In the First Book of Moses called Genesis, in chapter forty-nine we have a foretelling:
“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” [Genesis 49:1]
“…which shall befall you in the last days.”
For Asaph [in this verse] sees forward to a time not yet. Asaph foresees Israel, the apple of His eye, proclaiming, “For God is my King of old” in the last days!
This “King of old” hearks back to the time which is located in the Book of the Judges [B.C. 1406] when God directly reigned over the people of Israel in a theocratic kingdom.
Asaph foresees Israel, the apple of His eye, proclaiming, “For God is my King of old” in the soon coming Kingdom of Heaven where Jesus Christ will visibly reign over Israel and over all the nations of the earth.
Look down to verse ten, the prophecy continues:
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” [Genesis 49:10]
Now for the last half of verse twelve: “For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.” [Psalm 74:12]
“…working salvation in the midst of the earth.”
In the First book of Moses called Genesis, chapter forty-nine, we will continue with Jacob’s prophecy concerning his twelve sons [the twelve tribes of Israel].
Jacob [or Israel] wanted to tell them by the Spirit of God what will befall them in the last days.
Now come down to verse eighteen. Read:
“I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.” [Genesis 49:18]
Notice, the word: salvation. It is the very first mention of this word in the Bible.
Now, salvation involves the act of saving or of preservation from certain destruction or from great calamity.
What are these last days?
First, consider our seven-day week. Halfway through our week is: Wednesday. Wednesday is the fourth day. It is HUMP DAY!
[The following is quoted from the message: God Tells End from The Beginning, Richard St.James, 2014]
We live in “the last days.” The Spirit of God [through the Apostle Paul] characterized the times that we all live in [the last days] as “perilous times”.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” [2 Timothy 3:1]
Can you not see what is happening all around you? Yes, you can. Read this Scripture in Second Peter, chapter three, verse three: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,” [2 Peter 3:3] Do you not see that this is so? Yes, you can. We are indeed living in “the last days.”
From Hump Day [30 AD] on through the end of time, the Bible has defined the last two thousand years of time as “the last days.”
Notice for this what Scripture says in the book of Hebrews, chapter one, verse two: “Hath in these last days; …” [Hebrews 1:2]
Next, we need to consider the next thousand years ... into the future. In the future millennium we will have the “the latter years.”
The “latter years” are “the latter days,” and they are also called, “the last days.” For this, look in the prophecy of Hosea:
“Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.” [Hosea 3:5]
It will go well for Israel in “the latter days.” See the book of Acts:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” [Acts 2:17].
This is a prophecy which will be fulfilled in “the last days,” which days will come after “the times of the Gentiles” are over, and after the seven years of Jacob’s trouble [The Tribulation].
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” [Jeremiah 30:7]
The “last days” also coincide with the seventh millennium of time. In “the process of time”, the events described by the prophets will come to pass.
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” [Matthew 6:10]
[Acts 3:21: “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
In “the process of time,” THE KINGDOM of HEAVEN will come to this:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” [Isaiah 2:2]
“I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.” [Genesis 49:18]
To recapitulate: salvation involves the very act of God saving or preserving from a certain destruction or from a great calamity … a person, a people, a nation, or nations, or even the whole creation.
Sin hurts, sin maims, and sin destroys: SIN brings Death!
Look at what it has done to all that has been created in God’s creation in Genesis. Just look at this statement located in the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, chapter eight, in verse twenty-two:
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” [Romans 8:22]
· The creation is waiting for the REGENERATION [Matthew 19:28].
· Israel the apple of His eye is waiting for the REGENERATION … for the restitution of all things.
· The Gentiles waited for salvation by the GRACE of God through the blood of the Lamb of God at the CROSS [Romans 11:11].
In this reference to the ascension of Jesus Christ in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter three, verse twenty-one:
“Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” [Acts 3:21]:
We see the promise of salvation coming to the apple of His eye.
Now, see this marvelous thing here in the book of Isaiah the Prophet, chapter sixty-two, verse eleven:
“Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.” [Isaiah 62:11]
This is the same salvation spoken of in the First Epistle of Peter, chapter one, verse ten:
“Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:” [1 Peter 1:10]
We read from the Gospel according to Matthew:
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” [Matthew 1:21]
From all the foregoing, we see God has been
working out a sure SALVATION in the midst of the
earth over all the millennia of time.