Pharaoh would not let God’s people go. God sent these 10 *plagues to make Pharaoh let God’s people go, verses 43-51. Then God took them to the *holy land, a Bible name for the country of Israel, verses 52-55. But verse 42 tells us that "they chose not to remember what he did". This made God very sad, verse 40, and *unhappy, verse 41.
The *Israelites In The *Holy Land
Psalm 78: 56 - 64
v56 But (the *Israelites *tested God *Most High and fought against him.
Also, they did not obey his *laws.
v57 They turned away and did not keep the *covenant, like their fathers.
They were like a bow that would not shoot straight!
v58 They made him angry with their high places
and their *idols made him *jealous.
v63 The fire (of war) ate their young men
and the young girls did not hear music (when they married).
v64 The *sword killed their *priests
and their wives could not cry for them.
What verses 56 - 64 mean
In verses 9-31, we read about God’s people Israel (the *Israelites) in the *desert. They were coming from Egypt to the *holy land. In verses 40-55, we read about the *plagues that God used to get them out of Egypt. Now in verses 56-64, we read about Israel (the people) in Israel (the land). They turned away from God and did not obey him. They were *like "a bow that did not shoot straight", verse 57. A bow like this is not good. So, the people of Israel were not good. Instead of loving and *worshipping God in his house in Shiloh, they loved *idols instead. They put these *idols on high hills, where they *worshipped them, verse 58. Shiloh was a place about 30 kilometres north of Jerusalem. They kept the *ark there. The *ark was a box. They kept the *covenant-rules in it. But God was so angry because of their *idol *worship that he:
· went away from the house that they had made him at Shiloh
· did not give them any more help
· gave the *ark (his power and *glory) to their enemy, the Philistines
· let the enemy kill many of the people of Israel
The story about this is in I Samuel 4 and 5. The wife of a *priest had a baby when the Philistines took the *ark of God. She called the baby Ichabod. This is a *Hebrew word that meant "the *glory is gone". She meant that the *ark of God was gone! In verse 63, "ate" means "killed them by burning them to death".