In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 120:1-7, David speaks of the way of the ungodly man in the following way, ד חִצֵּי גִבּוֹר שְׁנוּנִים עִם גַּחֲלֵי רְתָמִים: 120:4 Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree. (NASB) The deceitfulness of sin is paralleled to the arrows of the enemy, and the burning of the broom tree. Studying the concept of the broom tree, long burning coals may be manufactured from the broom bush, and this may be paralleled to the effects of sin on our lives. David concludes saying the following, ה אוֹיָה לִי כִּי-גַרְתִּי מֶשֶׁךְ שָׁכַנְתִּי עִם-אָהֳלֵי קֵדָר: ו רַבַּת שָׁכְנָה-לָּהּ נַפְשִׁי עִם שֹוֹנֵא שָׁלוֹם: ז אֲנִי-שָׁלוֹם וְכִי אֲדַבֵּר הֵמָּה לַמִּלְחָמָה: 120:5 Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar! 120:6 Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace. 120:7 I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war. (NASB) Sin in our lives functions in a way that is constantly at war with the spirit, whereas, the spirit the Lord gives to a man is that of peace and joy.


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