Psalms 46:2
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2  Hashem is our refuge and stronghold, a help in trouble, very near.

e-lo-HEEM LA-nu ma-kha-SEH va-OZ ez-RAH v’-tza-ROT nim-TZA m’-OD

ב  אֱלֹהִים לָנוּ מַחֲסֶה וָעֹז עֶזְרָה בְצָרוֹת נִמְצָא מְאֹד׃

46:2   Our refuge and stronghold

Since it lies on the fault line of the Syrian-African rift, many earthquakes have hit the Land of Israel over the course of its history. In fact, Sefer Amos (1:1) refers to a major earthquake that shook Eretz Yisrael in Biblical times. The psalmist, aware of this phenomenon, will not fear when the earth overturns or when the mountains take over the seas and vice versa (verses 3-4), because “Hashem is our refuge and stronghold, a help in trouble, very near.” Perhaps what he means by this is that not only does the Lord protect His people in times of trouble, but these ‘natural’ phenomenon, seen as disasters, are really Hashem’s mysterious way of offering protection to His people. One theory about this psalm is that it was written after the miraculous destruction of Sennacherib’s army during their attack on Yerushalayim (II Kings 19:35), when the Lord caused a war to cease (verse 10) overnight. Indeed, the Lord protected the Children of Israel and helped them in their time of trouble.

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  • I was surprised to hear that Israel did lay over a natural earthquake rift. But in the back of my mind I do remember that it had, had earthquakes before in it's history. There was a major earthquake in Israels Biblical days that was quite tremendous in the amount of destruction. The psalmist, states that he is aware of this history but also states that his faith in God's protection of the Jewish peoples is an absolute. That no matter how bad the destruction will be and in this historical event was that God's people were and will be forever safe. God is our refuge and strength. In one particular case this natural earthquake was used to destroy an emissaries of the Jewish peoples. What a lot of contemporary non-Jewish people forget is that since God created nature that he use nature to create ways to defend the Jewish people at this time and in future times to protect them. What bothers me is why people tend to under estimate and limit the powers of God.

    How can one do this, limit God. like God could never do this. God could never cause such a wonder to happen. God could never protect the Jewish people. Even to think in there wildest dreams that God is dead. Or in contemporary TV programs that God had simply walked away and left us, never to return. How sad the world has become. Carl

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Psalms 46:2

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