25 The bars of your gates will be made of iron and bronze, and may you have lifelong strength.” 26 “There is no one like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the sky to help you, on the clouds in majesty. 27 The everlasting God is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms; he has driven out enemies before you, and has said, ‘Destroy!’ 28 Israel lives in safety, the fountain of Jacob is quite secure, in a land of grain and new wine; indeed, its heavens rain down dew.
32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God. Sing praises to the Lord, (Selah) 33 to the one who rides through the sky from ancient times. Look! He thunders loudly. 34 Acknowledge God’s power, his sovereignty over Israel, and the power he reveals in the skies. 35 You are awe inspiring, O God, as you emerge from your holy temple. It is the God of Israel who gives the people power and strength. God deserves praise!
Notes and References
"... The threat of the cult of Baal to the organized worship of Yahweh is recorded in the HB rather consistently from the time Israel settled into Canaan until the exile. Direct polemic and even redactions take place throughout the text to assure the degradation of the cult of Baal.227 It is the insidious nature of Baal’s worship which is interpreted as the indictment leading to Yahweh’s judgment against his people resulting in their exile. In spite of the stark contrast between the two cults, the character of Yahweh rather blatantly absorbs a number of motifs associated with the older character of Baal. Yahweh, like Baal, is pictured conquering Yam and the sea beasts (Psalm 74:12-15, 89:10-11; Isaiah 27:1, 51:9-10; Jeremiah 5:22; Job 7:12; CAT 18.104.22.168-42; CAT 22.214.171.124-3, 27-30; CAT 126.96.36.199). He dwells on the mountain in language familiar with Baal’s own abode (Exodus 15:17; CAT 188.8.131.52; CAT 184.108.40.206-55). Zaphon is referenced in Psalm 48:3 which employs the same imagery of Baal defending his holy mountain appropriated for Jerusalem. Although a variation and not a direct quote, Yahweh does ride the clouds much like the common epithet of Baal (Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 68:5, 34; CAT 1.3 iv 4, 6; CAT 220.127.116.11-11, 17-18; CAT 18.104.22.168-60). Above Yahweh’s association with rain, thunder, and lightning was addressed ..."
Scherrer, Nathan H. Yahweh of the Southlands (p. 78) Denver Seminary, 2017
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