Daily Bible Reading “The Children of Ephraim” (Psalm 78:9-18)

  Psalm 78 18The Children of Ephraim

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 78:9-18. In the first part of this chapter Asaph talks about teaching our children about God and the works of God. Now we’ll learn about the children of Ephraim. Ephraim was one of Joseph’s sons. He was the head of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

The Scripture says they turned their back on God during the day of battle. They didn’t keep God’s covenant and refused to keep the laws of God.

They forgot all the wondrous works of God which He had shown them. God performed mighty miracles in Egypt in front of their fathers, but they forgot about those things. God divided the sea so they could pass through it. He led them in the daytime by a cloud and at night by fire.

God caused water to come out of the rocks for them in the wilderness. Even to the point of having streams of water flowing from the rocks like rivers so they would have plenty of water. God did all this for them, but they sinned even more.

They provoked God to anger with their sin and rebellion. God provided manna for them to eat in the wilderness, but that wasn’t good enough for them, either. They wanted meat to eat instead of manna. Do we ever act ungrateful like the children of Israel did? How do you think it makes God feel when He provides for us, yet we grumble and complain about it?


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 78:9-18

9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.


Things to think about:

  • What are some of the ways you remember God’s wondrous works?
  • Do you ever complain about the things God provides for you?
  • What are some ways we can be more thankful and grateful to God for all the things He does for us?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 78. Thank You for reminding us how the children of Ephraim acted. Help us not to behave in this manner. Help us to remember Your wondrous works and to praise You always for who You are and all You do for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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