Lesson 3

The Messiah in the Psalms

First we need to see the scripture in its historical context, but we need to see the N T  as a guide to how we can approach the psalms. It is significant that Jesus speaks in a comprehensive way about his relationship to the Old Testament.

Luk 24:25  And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Luk 24:26  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Luk 24:27  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

The crucifixion and the resurrection were not haphazard events but were part of God’s plan already revealed in the Old Testament.  If then Jesus is the fulfillment of the O T Scriptures then we should see the O T as incomplete and anticipates the Messiah who would fulfill all things. This implies that the O T cannot be fully understood apart from understanding that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s plan through out the redemptive history. We cannot properly understand the O T without reading through Christological lens. Continue reading “Lesson 3”

Psalm Lesson 2

Tuesday was a study of Psalms 2 and 3. We used commentaries from Robert Godfrey, John Calvin and also had help from bible.org articles. Both Psalms are attributed to David and we see references to the Messiah. We see man’s rebellion and God’s faithful care of His chosen ones.

Psalm 2

The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed

Psalm 2 is the most frequently quoted psalm in the New Testament. It fits together in an interesting way with Psalm 1 to introduce the Book of Psalms. Psalm 1 begins with, “How blessed”; Psalm 2 ends with the same word (in Hebrew). Psalm 1 ends with a threat; Psalm 2 begins with a threat.  In Psalm 1 the theme is the contrast between the righteous and the wicked person; in Psalm 2 the theme is the contrast between the rebellion of wicked rulers and nations and the rule of God’s righteous Messiah. Psalm 1 consists of two stanzas and six verses. Psalm 2 is twice as long, consisting of four stanzas and 12 verses. Continue reading “Psalm Lesson 2”

Psalm 1

The best way to study the Psalms, as Psalm 1 verse 2 tells us right at the beginning, is to meditate on the Psalms. Poems don’t release their richness by one single quick reading, so we have to read and reread. Psalms” comes from the Greek word meaning a song sung to a stringed instrument. The book is also called the Psalter. The Hebrew title, Tehillim, means “praises.” Every Psalm except Psalm 88 contains praise.

“The Psalms themselves were written throughout the entire period of Old Testament revelation, from the time of Moses (Psalm 90) to the period after the exile (Psalm 126). The titles of seventy-two psalms ascribe them to David, while others are by Solomon, Asaph, Heman, and the sons of Korah. Some of the psalms may have been used in temple worship (hence the phrase “to the choirmaster” in more than fifty psalm titles). The psalms are of different types. Some are laments, both individual (Psalm 42) and corporate (Psalm 44). Some are psalms of thanksgiving (Psalm 100), while others are hymns, or songs of praise (Psalm 96). Some of the psalms are commonly referred to today as “wisdom” psalms, such as Psalms 1 and 119. These psalms tend to be reflections on the Word of God. Some psalms, such as Psalms 69 and 109 are referred to as “imprecatory” psalms, in which the substance of the psalm is a prayer against the enemies of God (an imprecation).  Continue reading “Psalm 1”

Psalms Study

Hello ladies! We begin our Psalms study this Tuesday the 21st, 10 a m for 8 weeks. If you have not signed up or let me know you are coming, you can shoot me an email here.

We will be studying different aspects of Psalms including how to make Psalms a regular part of our lives. This looks to be a really rewarding study for us.

See you there!