Firstborn bull or golden calf, what are we today?


Psalm 60, David describes Ephraim as God’s helmet (vs 7). This was a tribe that produced strong leaders like Joshua and Samuel. He was a warrior tribe, strong and courageous as seen in the book of Judges.

Ephraim was blessed by Moses with beautiful words (Deut 33:17); “as a child of Joseph, the glory of his descendants would be like a firstborn bull”… and he shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth”.

As a firstborn bull, Ephraim’s was dedicated to the Lord. His life was a sweet smelling sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. He was God’s helmet in David’s battles. What a wonderful description of this tribe.

But, Ephraim broke away and became a hotbed of idol worship. A firstborn bull of Jehovah, became a gaudy, golden calf of Baal. Sobering thought indeed.

God loves describing His people with images, as images speak better than words. Do you ever wonder of what image God uses when He thinks of or speaks of you? I do. Sometimes, the image that comes to my mind is not flattering.

We are firstborn bulls in Jesus Christ; sacrifices, dedicated and offered daily to God. Let us pray that we never become gaudy, self promoted, golden calves like Ephraim did. Stay blessed.

Adeline Albert

Psalms 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

This psalm is a prayer of David in the midst of his very real and serious troubles.
David pours out his heart to his Lord because a former close friend has betrayed him.

David is describing for us the condition of his heart.
He is in an unbelievably bad situation; he is filled with fear, anguish, and horror!
The word “anguish” pictures as someone lying on the floor in high pain.
David was very weak and he was paralyzed emotionally and physically.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a literal interpretation of these versus,………….. in the really difficult situations in life.

It can be tempting to want to give up, quit or check out. How do you keep going when life gets hard?

Does the issues of life seem too much for us to bear at times?

Has the issues of life caused us to feel burden down?
…….. Burden down spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, financially, etc?

If we answered yes to these questions, the Lord our God is calling us to cast our cares on Him for He alone can sustain us, He alone promises to never let us slip nor fall for He will uphold us with His powerful hands.

Yes, struggles are a part of life and unavoidable.

In this verse, David calls us to “cast our burden on the Lord…”

So.. we don’t need to carry the burdens, because God clearly states in His Word that He is willing to carry our heaven loads for He loves and cares for us.

If God was willing to die for us, would He not give us what is needed to sustain us in the midst of life’s test and trials?

Yes He will !!!

When a ship is out at sea and a storm arise, the ship captain immediately tries to find the nearest seaport to drop his anchor.

The same applies to us, when life’s storms come in the form of trouble, sickness, unemployment, death, tragedy, lack, confusion, chaos, etc, ……
…….. *we too must seek shelter at our seaport called “JESUS” for indeed Jesus is our “sea port” in which we MUST steer our ship (hearts) towards and drop our anchor in Him for He alone is the one who can guarantee our safety now and in eternity.

Burdens trying to get us down?

Pray, sing a hymn of praise.

God can give us a strong heart beat again if we could only trust and believe that He is able to not only see us through, but carry us through also.

Jooley Mathew Z
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