In the book of Psalms, chapter 78, we find a remembrance of the faithfulness of God towards the Israelites.  This chapter recounts the errors of their ways in not following God as their leader.  A few interesting things are pointed out in this Chapter, not told in the Book of Genesis and Exodus.  Let’s see what it reveals together…

In verses 1 – 4, it says “…I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and know, and our fathers have told us…”  as evidence that the Israelites KNEW they were sinning and fallen away from God, just like we today, both in the United States and world-wide, KNOW we are sinning and falling away.  The difference is, the Israelites saw first-hand the power and glory of God, and STILL fell away.

{78:1} Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the
words of my mouth.
{78:2} I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of
{78:3} Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
{78:4} We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the
generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and
his wonderful works that he hath done.
{78:5} For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in
Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make
them known to their children:

In the next few verses, it recounts that there was a hope the future generation would not make the same mistake as the ones who first came out of Egypt, that generation being corrupt; however the generations continued, off and on, to fall away from God (Actually fall away is not the right term, “run away” from God would be more precise)

{78:6} That the generation to come might know [them, even] the children
[which] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to
their children:
{78:7} That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works
of God, but keep his commandments:
{78:8} And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious
generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and
whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

The next series of verses recounts the miraculous acts God performed in Egypt concerning the 10 plagues (ref:  the field of Zoan), and the wilderness (and important to note here, that God punished Moses for not glorifying Him when the waters from the rock were produced)…this was to remind the Israelites that God was all-powerful, and able to protect them in their time of need, IF they followed Him.

{78:12} Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the
land of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan.
{78:13} He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he
made the waters to stand as an heap.
{78:14} In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night
with a light of fire.
{78:15} He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as
[out of] the great depths.
{78:16} He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to
run down like rivers.

Next, the Psalm recounts that, even as God was furnishing their needs (not wants, because “wants” implies something outside of spiritual necessity), the Israelites rebelled, first when He furnished the water, and second, when they rejected his food offering (Manna):

{78:17} And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High
in the wilderness.
{78:18} And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their
{78:19} Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table
in the wilderness?
{78:20} Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the
streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh
for his people?
{78:21} Therefore the LORD heard [this,] and was wroth: so a fire was
kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;

Now, the following verses reveal something that was not shown in Exodus; the origin and purpose of the Manna the Israelites were given as food in the wilderness.  It was the food of Angels, mind you, sent from Heaven and yet that would not be good enough for the rebellious child-like Israelites:

{78:22} Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his
{78:23} Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the
doors of heaven,
{78:24} And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them
of the corn of heaven.
{78:25} Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.

God then answers the Israelites rebellious rejection of Manna by sending them what they want, Flesh to eat…notice that it states “…for he gave them their own desire…” — not their NEED, but their DESIRE.  It is important to remember that  with God there is no error, and a recompense is set to take place after this answer:

{78:26} – He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power
he brought in the south wind.
{78:27} He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls
like as the sand of the sea:
{78:28} And he let [it] fall in the midst of their camp, round about
their habitations.
{78:29} So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their
own desire;

Here is the recompense God would answer with:

{78:30} They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat
[was] yet in their mouths,
{78:31} The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them,
and smote down the chosen [men] of Israel.
{78:32} For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his
wondrous works.

It is hard to believe that, after all the wondrous works God performed, including the punishment of those who rejected him, that they still “…believed not for his wondrous works…”, or is it?

And here is what they did:

{78:36} Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they
lied unto him with their tongues.
{78:37} For their heart was not right with him, neither were they
steadfast in his covenant.

And for all those non-believers and (c)hristian’s who question God’s mercy and say he is just an angry oppressor, we have the answer:

{78:38} But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity,
and destroyed [them] not: yea, many a time turned he his anger
away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
{78:39} For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that
passeth away, and cometh not again.

Now we come to the remembrance of what God performed in Egypt when He set the Israelites free from their bondage, and here is a valuable insight into whether, as some (c)hristians believe, that Satan and Demon’s are not real, but just “symbols” of evil:  In verse 78:49, we are told that God sent “…evil angels [among them.]…”, i.e., the Egyptians.  These were the Angels of Death, sent to destroy all the first-born of Egypt.  Note that these were not “good” angels, and also please note that God had control over them and what they did, because HE sent them, they did nothing without his command.

{78:40} How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, [and] grieve
him in the desert!
{78:41} Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One
of Israel.
{78:42} They remembered not his hand, [nor] the day when he delivered
them from the enemy.
{78:43} How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the
field of Zoan:
{78:44} And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that
they could not drink.
{78:45} He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them;
and frogs, which destroyed them.
{78:46} He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their
labour unto the locust.
{78:47} He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees
with frost.
{78:48} He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to
hot thunderbolts.
{78:49} He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and
indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [among them.]
{78:50} He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from
death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
{78:51} And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of [their]
strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

The Psalmist then reminds you that it was God, not Moses, who brought the people into the promised land, and it was God, not Moses, not the people, who cast out the truly wicked inhabitants of those lands before them.

{78:52} But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
{78:53} And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
{78:54} And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, [even to] this mountain, [which] his right hand had purchased.
{78:55} He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

And, the Psalmist informs us of the continual back-sliding of the Israelite tribes:

{78:56} Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
{78:57} But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers:
they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
{78:58} For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images (i.e., false gods).

God again, as He has stated, recompenses their evil upon them:

{78:59} When God heard [this,] he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
{78:60} So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent [which] he placed among men;
{78:61} And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into
the enemy’s hand.
{78:62} He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
{78:63} The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.
{78:64} Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no

And finally, God appoints the tribe of Judah (out of which Christ comes) as the leader of Israel:

{78:65} Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, [and] like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
{78:66} And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.
{78:67} Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:
{78:68} But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
{78:69} And he built his sanctuary like high [palaces,] like the earth which he hath established for ever.
{78:70} He chose David also his servant, and took him from the
{78:71} From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
{78:72}So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and
guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

So, we have the retelling of the beginning where God chose the Israelite tribes to be His own, their rejection of Him, and the recompense by Him to their evil ways, and the final establishment of Judah as the lineage through which Jesus Christ would come.

This chapter also serves as a warning – to all who believe they and their peoples are somehow “God’s chosen” and can continue to live in sin and tolerate, or even condone evil actions performed in their name(s), while providing lip-service to God.  Be warned:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” — Galatians 6-7,

for there is none that are truly righteous,

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” — Romans 3:10,

and when that nation or people believe they are somehow more righteous in their actions, beware,

“…For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape…” — 1 Thessalonians 5:3