Psalm 52:1-5 (ESV)
Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
Psalm 52:1-5 (ESV)
Numbers 2:2-3 (ESV)
The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side. Those to camp on the east side toward the sunrise shall be of the standard of the camp of Judah by their companies, the chief of the people of Judah being Nahshon the son of Amminadab,
The Midrash relates that during the Exodus, when the Israelites reached the Red Sea, it did not automatically part. The Israelites stood at the banks of the sea and wailed with despair, but Nahshon entered the waters. Once he was up to his nose in the water, the sea parted. This is the origin of his name “Nahshol”, that is, “stormy sea-waves”. It is in virtue of this action that he was chosen to be the first to bring the dedicatory offering.
Nahshon was, through Boaz, the direct male ancestor of David, and thus almost all of the kings of both the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. He was exactly halfway in the direct male line between Judah and King David.
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the Holy Spirit empowering Nahshon to display a standard of courage against the Red Sea waters. The Ebola virus surrounds the people of western and central Africa like a flood. Indwell Your children in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo with courage like Nahshon’s. May they lift up a standard of praise as they walk through this sea of microbes. Guard and protect them, we pray. Amen.
Isaiah 59:19 KJV