Wednesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 2

Theme: Rightly Using God’s Blessings

In this week’s lessons we observe how David expresses himself honestly before God, and see how God hears and understands the great difficulties we go through.

Scripture: Psalm 69:19-36

Jesus' command to forgive our enemies and the Psalmist's imprecations may seem like a contradiction, yet that is not the whole story. It is true that we are not to take vengeance. Paul says this in Romans 12, writing, "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord" (v. 19). But just because we are not to take judgment into our own hands does not mean that we should not want justice to be done or that God will not punish sin eventually. It is significant in this respect that Paul, the same author who says, "Do not take revenge... but leave room for God's wrath," also quotes verses 22 and 23 of Psalm 69 (in Romans 11:9, 10) as a prophecy of a judicial blinding of the majority of the people of Israel because of their rejection of Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 2

Theme: Another Plea for Help

In this week’s lessons we observe how David expresses himself honestly before God, and see how God hears and understands the great difficulties we go through.

Scripture: Psalm 69:19-36

The second renewal of the plea for help, in verses 22-28, also goes a step beyond the earlier prayers in that it is now no longer merely a plea for personal deliverance from trouble, but is also a request for God's swift and utter judgment on the psalmist's enemies. It is an imprecatory prayer that is equal in its fierce power to any of the explicitly imprecatory psalms and should be handled as they must be.

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Three Good Books -- and the Return of Another Old Friend

Thomas Weinandy, Petrus van Mastricht, and Melvin Tinker are all worth reading.  And Camille is back.

Three recent books are worth re

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Monday: Man of Sorrows, Part 2

Theme: A Friend in Jesus

In this week’s lessons we observe how David expresses himself honestly before God, and see how God hears and understands the great difficulties we go through.

Scripture: Psalm 69:19-36

If there was ever a messianic psalm, it is Psalm 69. Seven of its thirty-six verses are quoted in the New Testament, and there are themes that are developed in a general way in reference to Jesus Christ in the gospels. In exploring the application of this psalm to Jesus, we looked at points that are illustrated by Jesus' earthly experience, saw how he endured them for the sake of the Father and for us, and observed how we should also willingly endure such trials for Jesus. We also saw that we will be able to do this only through the power and grace he supplies.

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Friday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Jesus Our Example

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

Verses 6-12, which we studied yesterday, contained the first renewal of the psalmist's lament. In a similar way, verses 13-18 are a first renewal of the psalmist's plea for help. This stanza renews the imagery of the first verses, referring once again to "the mire” and the danger of sinking in it (v. 14), "deep waters" (v. 14) and the "flood" (v. 15). One new image is a "pit" which was likely to "close its mouth over” the psalmist (v. 15). This refers to a cistern which would normally have water at the bottom, the top of which would be closed with a stone. The idea of a cistern closing its mouth over the psalmist means something like being buried alive.

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Thursday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: How the Psalm Points to Jesus

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

Jesus bore a lifetime of insults for God and our sakes. When he spoke the truth about sin, the leaders were incensed. Jesus showed them that they were children of their fathers, who had stoned the prophets and killed those who were sent to them. "You are doing the things your own father does" he told them (John 8:41). They turned on him with wrath and reproached him with illegitimacy. They knew, undoubtedly, that Jesus had been born shortly after the marriage of Joseph and Mary, and not knowing that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, they flung in his teeth that he was rumored to be illegitimate: "We are not illegitimate children.” Jesus knew that he had been begotten by the Holy Spirit and took this reproach gently, but he let them know their true background: "You belong to your father, the devil" (v. 44).

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Wednesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: The Psalm’s Pattern

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

The next verse is one which could not have been spoken by Jesus. It is the psalmist's brief confession of folly and guilt or transgression (v. 5). In itself this is not at all surprising. We should all constantly confess our sins to God. What is surprising is that this is not what we would expect at this point of the psalm. We would expect to find a protest of innocence on the psalmist's part, because he has just said, “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.”

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The Kerygmatic Fallacy

The preachability of a doctrine is irrelevant to whether it should be preached, let alone whether it is actually true.

I taught ministerial candid

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Tuesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Feeling Overwhelmed

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

The tone of the psalm is set in the first four verses, which are at the same time both a lament about the psalmist's sad plight and a plea to God to help him. As far as its genre goes, the psalm is a classic lament.

The tone of the psalm is set in the first four verses, which are at the same time both a lament about the psalmist's sad plight and a plea to God to help him. As far as its genre goes, the psalm is a classic lament.

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Canaanized?

Where God’s law is honored and respected, we will observe that men will treat women with the respect, honor, and dignity they deserve as co-images of God himself. Conversely, where God’s law is ignored and tramped upon, we will also see women (and the vulnerable in any society) exploited and neglected.

 

Throughout this summer, my wife and I have been walking through the Book of Judges as part of our family devotions. As all would attest, Judges is a difficult (and depressing) book to study in depth because of the constant refrain of the book: “In those days, there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes”. The moral decline of the Jewish nation is very pronounced in the book, particular from Chapter 17 to the end of the book.

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