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Psalms 80-81

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The Keys to the Restoration of Israel and Guaranteed Blessing

Psalms 80-81

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Lesson Number 60

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The key to healing is recognition of the Son.
  2. The key to blessing is obedience to the Lord.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t make practical applications beyond the limits of Scripture.

Questions

  1. In what time period was Psalm 80 most likely written?
  2. Why were the sheep of the northern kingdom of Israel experiencing tears, disgrace, and defeat (verses 4-7)?
  3. Who is the root and branch of Psalm 80:15?
  4. When was the joyful song of Psalm 81 sung?
  5. What was the result of Israel’s failure to follow God’s Law?

Answers

  1. This psalm was likely written sometime after the Assyrian takeover of the northern kingdom of Israel, because it is especially the northern tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh that are asking for restoration.
  2. Because of God’s discipline on them for their sins
  3. It is not the Lord, but Israel who has been cut down and burned by the invading Assyrians (verse 16).
  4. Possibly at Israel’s yearly Feast of Trumpets, Feast of Tabernacles, or both
  5. God gave them over to the stubbornness of their own hearts where they would reap what they had sown (verse 12).

Discuss/Consider

  1. The key to Israel’s healing will be the recognition of the Lord Jesus as the Son of God and Savior. Likewise this is the key to every individual person’s healing from sin. Before you turned to Christ to save you, what other things did you look to for salvation and satisfaction?
  2. Read Psalm 81:10. Discuss how bad hermeneutics have been used on this verse. Hermeneutics are the principles of biblical interpretation. Why is it important to have principles to guide us when we approach scripture?

Challenge

  1. The key to blessing is obedience to the Lord. How is your obedience level? Are you following God’s ways or rebelling against Him? What has been the result in your life?

Key Verses

  • “Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved!” Psalm 80:19
  • “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!” Psalm 81:13

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