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    Breaking Open the Word [Psalm 118]
    This is the day the Lord has made,
    let us rejoice and be glad

    Easter, 2017

    Psalm 118 is a song of thanksgiving for liberation from life threatening situation. The
    distress/anguish of the psalmist is removed by God’s gracious act in his life. Psalm reflects on Exodus/Passover experience of Israel from Egypt, end of slavish living, to the freedom of the Promised Land. God is God of deliverance, redemption. Individuals and nations may experience threats to their existence from internal and foreign adversaries [wars, illness, divisive forces], however, those who trust God will experience freedom and restoration. Life is safe in God; man’s present and future belong to God! On this Easter day, we understand Jesus as the subject of this psalm; though oppressed and crucified by enemies, his abandonment to God’s will in suffering is vindicated by his rising from the dead. The Cross is Passover and Easter is the great Promised Land.

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