The Sea post IV (?): Israel.
God is determined to rescue his creation from evil and death. He called Abraham, and God promised that through Abraham’s descendants (
Unlike the neighboring Phoenicians, the Israelites were not renowned for their seafaring prowess. The sea was something in God’s creation that was, if anything, to be feared. It was where strange beasts like the Leviathan dwelt (Job 41). Symbols of
And yet, the psalmist held out the hope of the seas declaring the glory of God (Psalm 96:11, 98:7, 148). The Sea belongs to the LORD (95:5, 104:25 – notably creating the Leviathan as a rubber ducky typology), he made them and will bring them to order (33:7, 74:13 ff. – notably crushing the Leviathan, 89:9). In fact, an Israelite could not even hide from the LORD in the Sea (139, Jonah).
More so, but the Lord’s messiah, the King will rule from Sea to Sea (72:8) and will exercise his rule over them (89.25). It is the LORD’s anointed, the representative of the anointed people, who will defeat the LORD’s enemies, the raging pagan nations (Psalm 2), who have become dehumanized by worshipping wood and stone (also Daniel 7 where the “son of Man” – Israel, the “second Adam”, the true humanity – defeated the beasts who arose out of the Sea). It is for this reason that we read of Solomon and Hiriam of Phonecia in 1 Kings 9, who build a fleet at Ezion-geber that sail to Ophir bringing back 420 talents of gold. The other fleets effectively under Solomon’s authority brought back “almug wood and precious stones” (1 Kgs. ) , and “gold, silver, ivory, apes (or baboons) and peacocks” (1 Kgs ). Part of being king meant establishing the
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