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"We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. Our fathers in Egypt did not understand your wonders. They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, but rebelled by the sea - the Red Sea" (Psalm 106:6-7 NKJV).

Psalm 106 recounts the rebellion of Israel. It speaks of the rebellion in the wilderness. It also talks about Israel succumbing to the Canaanite gods and Israel's exile. Yet in all of this, God remains faithful to His name.

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He saved them for His name's sake. He led them through the wilderness. He redeemed them from their enemies. They even sang praises to Him. But they soon forgot His works. They did not wait on Him. The Bible says in Psalm 106:15, "He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul."

The people demanded their own way. So God gave them what they wanted but brought leanness into their soul. They worshipped the golden calf. They had many idols. They forgot their Savior, who had done many signs and wonders in the land.

The Bible says in Psalm 106:23, "Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them." Their unbelief only continued. They despised the Lord. They did not believe His word. They complained and would not heed His voice. They mingled with unbelievers and served their idols. They shed innocent blood. They played the harlot and were defiled by their own works.

The Bible says in Psalm 106:40-43, "Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, so that He abhorred His own inheritance. And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, and those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Many times He delivered them, but they rebelled in their counsel, and were brought low from their iniquity."

Nevertheless, when they cried out to Him he relented. He even caused them to be pitied by their captors. Only God's mercy could cause Him to forgive and restore such a rebellious people.

"Nevertheless" is a powerful word in the Bible. We see this over and over in life. The people sin, yet God forgives. It is His concern for His holy name. Let us remember especially during this time at Easter that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

We must remember that God did not send His son to the Earth to condemn the world but to save it. In the fullness of time, God sent Jesus to the Earth to heal and deliver us. In this season, may God forgive us of our rebellion and restore to us the fullness of which Christ died for us. May we never forget the goodness of God and the price Jesus paid on the cross for all of us.

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