Friday, May 18, 2012

Psalm 143

143.1  in Your righteousness...  Thinking about how God's righteousness fits with His answering prayers.  
143.6  longs for you...  Apparently "longs" is implied in the text but it gets me thinking about if we long for anything.  I know we "want" lots of stuff, but it takes a work of God in my heart to long for something when we live like kings.
143.10  You can tell who your God is by whose will you obey.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amos 4.6-13 Preaching Workshop Presentation

1. What is the structure of your Biblical text?  How should that structure shape the emphasis of your teaching outline?
I would probably have chosen the whole chapter so that I could have 4.1 to give context of sins God was judging. 
I.  The Judgments on Israel (vv 6-11)
A.  Famine (v 6)  De. 28.39-40
B. Drought (vv 7-8)  De. 28.23-24
C. Blight, mildew, & locust (v 9)  De. 28.22, 28
D. Plague (v 10)  De. 28.21-22, 27-28
E.  Overthrown (v 11) De. 28.25-26
II. The Judge of Israel (vv 12-13)
A.  His purpose (v 12)
B.  His characteristics (v 12-13)
C.  His name (v 13 b)
This passage outlines examples of how He has acted against Israel, and warns them to prepare for a larger judgment to come, an army from the north (5.27), likely the Assyrians.

2. What is the broader context of your text?  How does it inform the meaning of your specific text?
Chapter four is the second of five sermons (3, 4, 5.1-17, 518-27, 6 though 5 & 6 could all be considered one) that warn Israel of coming judgment. 
(3.1-2) The coming judgment of Israel. 
3.12-15 Warning of the coming judgment
4.1-5 Highlights their oppression of poor, coming judgment, and empty religious rites
5.5-7 Exhortation to seek the Lord.

3. What is the main theme (or melodic line) of the book in which your text is found?  How does the main theme (or melodic line of the entire book inform the meaning of your specific text?
God will judge His people for their corrupt religion / Godless conduct.  
This passage describes His recent discipline as a harbinger of a more encounter with God to come.

5. The theme of the text?
“Prepare to meet your God” (v. 4.12c)
God brought five phases of judgment on you, by implication with no response, so the Lord of Hosts is an awesome God who will judge your sins.

6. What is the primary aim of your text?
Amos seeks to impress the reality that the LORD does judge (and has been judging) sin and the reality of His awesome majesty.  The desired response would be to prepare for the Day of Judgment by repenting and forsaking the sins that had offended God.

7. What is your theme and aim for your people as you prepare to teach?
·        To consider what God is trying to accomplish in your life thru the events.  
·        To be thoughtful of the day when we will be called to account for our actions as we make decisions about material things, our desires, and how we treat people.  
·        To give a sense of awe by reflecting on God's greatness.
----> “Prepare to meet your God”

Monday, May 14, 2012

133.1  pleasant...unity...  These words go togther.  In addition to good and pleasant, the psalmist might have been able to add, "rare."
133.3  Hermon...   I am presuming that the reference is to the big mountain in the north and the most important in the south representing a nation wide unity.
Meaning: a peak.  The eastern prolongation of the Anti-Lebanon range, reaching to the height of about 9,200 feet above the Mediterranean.  It marks the north boundary of Palestine (Deut. 3:8, 4:48; Josh. 11:3, 17; 13:11; 12:1), and is seen from a great distance. It is about 40 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.   
135.4  chosen...  Strong's H977 - bachar  to choose, elect, decide for 
135.13  your fame, O LORD throughout all generations...   It is our privilege to be part of that process.
136  His mercy endures forever...  26xs in 26 verses.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Psalm 127-132

127.2  vain...  It is interesting to think of worrying in terms of it being vain [empty].
127.5  ashamed...speak with their enemies in the gate...  I think I understand both of these alone, but it is interesting to think about how they are opposites.
130.3  Now here is a prayer that resonates with me.
131.1d  too lofty for me...  This is good counsel, cause getting in over our heads is rarely a good thing.
132.11  That sounds pretty Messianic to me.