Monday, July 25, 2011

The One Year Bible- July 25th

There have been times in my life where I can just feel the presence of God. At times I can hear his call and he seems close. But there are also times when God seems distant and far removed from my daily life. Have you ever felt this way? Remember that it is all just a matter of perspective. In reality in our sinfulness we are the ones that drift away. Sin takes us far from God and in our own minds we try to blame God for leaving us. Some times I would like God to give me a big sign in the sky to tell me his plan or that he is right there. The people of the Old Testament got a visual show. When God’s presence came to earth, the people would see it in the form of a thick cloud. God revealed himself to his people visually so they could believe. He did the same when he sent his son Jesus. Jesus became the walking temple for all of us to see. Today we can see him every time we partake in the Lord’s Supper, every time we read His Word, and every time he calls another child his own in baptism. When you think that God is distant, remember that he is right here, closer than you think. On to the study…

Seth’s Thoughts

The Old Testament

Some good stories this week in the Old Testament. Most of the counting and lists are done with and the narrative picks up in earnest. You may not have even been aware that we started 2 Chronicles this week. Solomon continues to build the Temple for the LORD. It was an impressive structure! There was so much gold used it could not be counted. Silver meant nothing and bronze was almost worthless. It is interesting to note that the curtain of the temple is mentioned. It is what separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. This is the curtain that tore in two (in a different temple mind you) when Jesus died. Jesus’ death brings Holy God and sinful man back into a relationship again. It must have been an awesome sight to see the thick cloud of YAHWEH filling the temple. This was the first time in a while that there had been a physical manifestation of God on earth. Solomon’s prayer was a good one and got the people back on track. God’s response to Solomon was also quite amazing. All was good during the life of Solomon but soon he would be buried with his fathers and his son Rehoboam would become king. Rehoboam did not fare to well. He did not listen to his father’s advisors and soon the kingdom was split. Civil war then raged and the Northern Kingdom went on a road to destruction as they worshiped idols and bowed down to other Gods. King Asa tried to get things right with God but it did not last. Jehoshaphat tried to do what was right but we will soon find out that he has troubles as well. Here are the vital stats for the book of 2 Chronicles:

PURPOSE: To unify the nation around true worship of God by showing his standard for judging kings. The righteous kings of Judah and the religious revivals under their rule are highlighted, and the sins of the evil kings are exposed.

AUTHOR: Ezra, according to Jewish tradition


DATE WRITTEN: Approximately 430 B.C., recording the events for the beginning of Solomon’s reign (970 B.C.) to the beginning of the Babylonian captivity (586 B.C.)

SETTING: Second Chronicles parallels 1 and 2 Kings and serves as their commentary. Originally 1 and 2 Chronicles were one book. It was written after the exile from a priestly perspective, highlighting the importance of the temple and the religious revivals in Judah. The northern kingdom, Israel, is virtually ignored in this history.

KEY VERSE: “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

KEY PEOPLE: Solomon, the queen of Sheba, Rehoboam, Asa, Jehoshephat, Jehoram, Joash, Uzziah, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Josiah

KEY PLACES: Jerusalem, the temple

SPECIAL FEATURES: Includes a detailed record of the temple’s construction

The New Testament

Paul really gets on a roll in this weeks readings. If you were not convinced you were a sinner before, I bet you are now. Romans six deals with the idea that those who have been united with Christ have been united with him in his death and more importantly in his resurrection. This is great news because now those who are “in Christ” (one of Paul’s favorite phrases) will receive all the benefits of God. Those who are in Christ are dead to sin and alive in Christ. We do not have the freedom to just continue sinning. We are no longer slaves to sin. But then Paul brings up a good point. This is a confusing passage (especially in the NIV) but the NLT (New Living Translation) is a bit clearer for me. “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate...I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it” (Romans 7:15,18b-20 NLT). Paul realizes that in this world, we are so interwoven with sin that it is impossible to extract ourselves. We are in dire straights! We cry with Paul. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24 NIV). In the end it is all about Jesus. He is the only one that can free us from this problem. His death and resurrection make it possible for us to leave the sin of this world behind and live for Him in all we do. We now live our lives by the Spirit of God and we have been adopted into his family. And we can call him Daddy (Abba, Father). This relationship cannot be broken. It holds firm even when sin attacks. Therefore do not worry about your status in the world. The important thing is that we are part of the family of God. On the 27th we will read that being a member of this family is easy, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 ESV). Good news indeed!!! Now this verse has been used by many Christians to support a view that human beings must do something in order to become a Christian. This is not a new idea. Now days we call it “decision theology” but this has been with the Faith for a long time. To use a $2 word it is called syncretism. This means that in some way we have to cooperate with God in some way shape or form for our salvation. When we make some sort of an effort towards God then he will have mercy on us. The point of view goes something like this: We encounter the message of salvation and then we need to make a decision to accept this good news. The power of God does not begin in our lives until we make a conscious choice to follow him. Until then we are lost. This point of view is prevalent in many Christian circles. Those who hold this view are big believers in altar calls and praying the “sinners prayer” in order to become a believer in Jesus. There are two passages that help me understand that this is not how God operates. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3 NIV) Paul also says in Romans 8, The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” (Romans 8:7-8 NIV) When we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, is cannot be an act of a sinful person, because this pleases God. There must be something that was working in us before we could even do this. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. He works in us before we even know who Jesus is. He comes to us in the waters of baptism before we can even talk. He starts working on our sinfulness even before we know. There is no way we can cooperate with God. Salvation is his action and his action alone. I could go on and on with this one but I think you get the idea. Please let me know if you have any more questions about this.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bethany Bullet - July 19, 2011

Our status before God and our standing in heaven comes from the LORD who is Judge of all people. At the same time, our status before God and our standing in heaven comes from the LORD who is Father to each and every person.

Our status and standing is based on the legal and forensic declaration of God, that for the sake of Christ, we are “not guilty.” Our status and standing is based on the personal and relational action of God that through Jesus we are restored to Him. The former is what lies within the word justification. The latter is what lies within the word reconciliation.

· Though we have broken the law,

· Though we have disobeyed,

· Though we deserve nothing but punishment and death…

Yet for the sake of Christ, through faith, God justifies the ungodly.

· Though we have wandered,

· Though we have gone our own way,

· Though He ought to let us go…

Yet in Jesus, God has lovingly sought and brought us into His family.

As you work your way through the book of Romans this summer, we must be ever mindful that we cannot work ourselves into the kingdom or into God’s company. God (and God alone) has unilaterally justified us through Himself (the work of Jesus) and God. God alone has unilaterally reconciled us to Himself (on account of Christ).

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer

Monday, July 18, 2011

The One Year Bible- July 18th

Let’s Play Two!

It has been a pretty crazy couple of weeks for me. Three weeks ago I was in Alaska with 27 others from Bethany teaching VBS. Last week I was in Oak Glen CA, leading a summer camp program for the Pacific Southwest District (LCMS) and this week I head out to New Orleans for a young adult servant event. In the midst of the chaos, I forgot to post a study for last week so today, you get two studies.

For me, getting ready for these ministry adventures is filled with long hours of preparation and a lot of stress. In many ways it is a microcosm of life. Jesus didn’t say the following him would be easy, in fact he said it would be filled with difficulties. But they are all worth it when you see the face of a child who is hearing about Jesus for the first time. So I encourage you to stay in the Word and know that God is with you every step of the way. On to the study…

Thoughts on the Readings from July 4th-11th:

Seth’s Thoughts

The Old Testament
As you have seen, the book of 1 Chronicles starts out with just a bunch of lists and numbers. It is not easy reading (and I will admit that I have skimmed a bit) but it is setting the stage for the story to come. In his book called “A Theology as Big as the City” Ray Bakke gives some insight to 1 and 2 Chronicles:

“I believe the books called Chronicles emerged from documents compiled by folks combing through the ruins of destroyed cities after the captive and exile in Babylon. The events depicted in Chronicles are from the same period as Samuel and Kings, but they represent a theological perspective not originating in the palace. In Chronicles, Israel is viewed as a theocracy. David and Solomon are idealized, and the message is: Here’s how the Lord meets all needs, both material and spiritual.”

Bakke gives me some perspective when reading this book. A few insights from the readings, first the readings are a bit random at first and hard to understand but don’t let that bug you. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the names and even if you skip through some of it. Second, as you read, try to remember the stories as they were written in Samuel or Kings. How are they different? Chronicles does not give all the details but is like the “Readers Digest” version of the story.

The New Testament
We finished up the book of Acts this week with Paul in Rome having survived a shipwreck on the island of Malta. Paul was sent to Rome to have a trial by Caesar even though Felix, Festus and Agrippa all could find no reason to keep him. Felix did hope that Paul would bribe him but Paul didn’t and that is one of the reasons he probably stayed in Caesarea so long. During the hearings, Paul takes the opportunity to share his own testimony and to witness about Jesus Christ. Paul shares his conversion experience again (the third time in Acts) and gives glory to God in all he does. Paul summarizes his doctrine by saying, “But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23 NIV). We will see this doctrine again and again as we read through Paul’s letters. A few interesting things at the end of the book, first off, Paul gets bit by a snake and lives! That is pretty cool. The people first thought it was “karma” that a prisoner would get bit by a snake, but when he did not die they all though he was a god. I would like to have known how Paul responded to this, but Luke moves on in the story. We learn that Paul is under house arrest in Rome but many people come to hear him talk and he shares the message of Jesus with them. One thing of note here is that Paul had already sent his letter to the Romans before he even arrived, so there were already believers in the city. An apostle did not start the church in Rome; Jews who were converted in Jerusalem at Pentecost most likely started it. The end of the book is a bit strange. Why do we not know the outcome of the trial with Caesar? How long did Paul stay in Rome? Where did he go after? How did he die? These are all good questions but they don’t all have good answers from scripture. We can piece together the end of Paul’s life from other sources but it is a bit blurry. Some theologians believe that Luke intended to write a third volume to the story. If he did, it has been lost to history. We will have to ask Luke when we get to heaven why the end is so abrupt.

Bits and Pieces
We will start the book of Romans this week. I love this book but I will try to limit my discussions of the text since I could teach a semester class with all the things that we can find in this letter. I will share the big ones with you. Here are the vital stats of the book:

PURPOSE: To defend an essential teaching of Christianity and its mission: justification through God’s righteousness in Christ.
TO WHOM WRITTEN: The Christians in Rome and believers everywhere
DATE WRITTEN: About A.D. 57, from Corinth as Paul was preparing for his visit to Jerusalem.
SETTING: Apparently Paul had finished his work in the east, and he planned to visit Rome on his way to Spain after first bringing a collection to Jerusalem for the poor Christians there. The Roman church was mostly Jewish but also contained a number of Gentiles.
KEY VERSES: “The righteous will live by faith” (1:17b) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (5:1)
LAW THEMES: Wrath against sinners, death’s reign through sin, believers struggle with sin, hardened hearts, submission to authorities, owe one another love.

GOSPEL THEMES: God declares us righteous through faith in Christ, alive through baptism, the Spirit is life, election, God’s gifts, united in Christ.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Paul wrote Romans as an organized and carefully presented statement of his faith—it does not have the form of a typical letter. He does, however, spend considerable time greeting people in Rome at the end of the letter.

Thoughts on the Readings from July12th-18

Summer is usually a time of rest and relaxation. But sometimes summer can be just as busy if not more so than the school year. During the school year there is a set rhythm to the days and weeks and months, but summer seems to be a flurry of activity. In my life I have been busy with Vacation Bible School, the Alaska Mission Trip, , swim lessons & dance with my girls, summer camp, and a servant event, just to mention a few. I am ready for vacation! It reminds me of our life in Christ. We all are looking forward to the day when we can rest in the presence of Jesus. It seems like that day will never come. And as we wait we have been given the task of doing God’s will here on earth. Some days it seems like we will never get it all done, but even when we fail (and we will!), God is right there to forgive us and point us in the right direction again. I hope that through your daily reading of Scripture the Lord speaks to you to not only remind you of the rest that awaits, but His love for you as we carry out His will. On to the study....

Seth’s Thoughts

The Old Testament
I will admit that this week’s readings were not too interesting for me, mostly a bunch of lists and numbers. A few things did jump out at me. First of all was the repeated mention of the Davidic Covenant that YAHWEH had made with the family of David. This was to last forever but it came to an earthly end. But remember that Jesus is the fulfillment of that covenant and Jesus still sits on the throne that was promise so many years ago. I also thought that it was cool to read about the six-fingered man. It is not too often you hear about them. One last thing that jumped out was the fact that David was the one who made the plans for the temple and gave them to his son Solomon. I am not sure if this is idealized history but it is in the Bible and I believe it.

The New Testament
WOW!! Where to begin? There are many, many books written about Romans and I do not intend to add to the list by using this blog. But I would be remiss if I did not touch on the big theological themes in the book. First of all it is important to remember that Romans reads like a legal court document. Paul is serving as the lawyer who representing faith in Jesus and he is defending his beliefs to a particular group of people at a particular time in history. I do not believe, as others do, that this book contains all that is needed to be a Christian. (i.e. there is no mention of holy communion just to name one). But I do believe that this book contains some of the most important insights into the Faith. First of all, Paul sets up his case by setting out the argument that everyone is a sinner. There is no one who does right. We are all scum, even those who think they are doing what is right (those who follow Jewish Law). God is also a God who shows no favoritism. He hates all sin no matter who does it. Paul brings up the character of Abraham because he is one of the biggies to the Jews. He is like a superhero to them. If anyone deserved to be saved it was Abraham, right? But what does Paul say that makes Abraham a righteous man? Was it is accomplishments, or his attitude, or the fact that he was circumcised? NO! In fact Abraham is declared righteous in Genesis 15 and he is then circumcised in Genesis 17. Abraham was justified by faith, apart from works of the law. We too are justified the same way. We do not magically become Christians by being baptized. We become Christians by faith!! Don't get me wrong here, baptism is important and is powerful, but it is not some pill that is taken or hoop to jump through in order to get "in". That was Paul's point. There is nothing that we do! When we try to earn our own way, or believe that we have some part in this process we get it all mucked up and we forget that this is an action of God and not us. Because we are in this great dilemma, God sent Jesus to us to be a sacrifice for us so we could be saved. It is all passive (by the way almost all of the Greek verbs that describe what we do or become of us are in the passive case). Paul says it way better than I, "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous." (Romans 5:19 NIV).

One quick thing here. Did you notice that we read from Romans 3 that quoted from Psalm 14 on the 16th and then we read Psalm 14 on the 18th? How cool was that!!!

I hope your summer is not too busy and that you get some time for some earthly rest. Have a great week, let me know if you have any questions and I will see you all soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bethany Bullet - July 12, 2011

He wanted a little boy so badly, a son of his very own! Yet, it seemed impossible. Hopeless! He was just too old. As if that were not enough, there is no woman in his life who’s of childbearing age either. One night, he looks up at the sky, sees the countless stars, and makes a wish. "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who are; your dreams come true. If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme; when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true." And sure enough the next day his dream had come true.

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Of course, I’m talking about Geppetto from Pinnochio. After he wished upon the star, the magic of the Blue Fairy brought to life the wooden puppet Geppetto had carved. A son of his own; and by the end of the movie the wooden toy had become a real boy…and they lived happily ever after.

So what’s the difference between a Fairy Tale and a Faith’s Trail?

That is what is before our eyes in the account of another old man, who with his old woman was also unable to have a child. Yet by the end of their story, they too are living happily with a real boy from their own body. Through their story we learn what faith is!

Let’s have a childless man from history (not from Disney) show us real faith. He too was old, nearly a hundred. His wife Sarah was ten years younger, but never able to have children at any time. Both of their bodies were as good as dead. How impossible, how hopeless to have a child!

Twenty-five years earlier the Lord had promised that he would be a great nation and all peoples would be blessed through him. (Genesis 12:2-3) But how could that happen without a son?

A few years later, the Lord took him outside at night and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars if indeed you can count them…So shall your offspring be." -Genesis 15:5 NIV.

Now to our text from Romans: "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’’’ -Romans 4:18 NIV.

FAITH is that which…

Faith is that which RESTS on the promise of God. Faith needs a promise to rest on; an unconditional promise. Why did Abraham believe that the impossible would happen? …Because God had made the promise.

Verses 18-19, Abraham considered not his body or hers, nor the temptations of the evil one (I’m sure there were a few, i.e.):

  • “It’s been a quarter of a century, a boy should have graduated from college already and you’ve still to purchase diapers and paint a room blue.”

  • “If God were gonna deliver Sarah, he would have delivered by now. He aint, give up.”

But Abraham considered neither his circumstances nor the situation at hand; he trusted the word and promise of the LORD!

That same faith can be ours. God’s promises will not fail you. When your dreams disappear and your desires are dashed – go to God’s promises. Because…

  • Neither dashed dreams or growing disappointments,

  • Neither what you lack nor what you’ve lost,

  • Neither the accusations of the evil one,

  • The taunts of thoughtless ones,

  • Nor the aches in your own heart

Shall separate you from His love!

Consider neither your circumstances nor situations:

  • Are you feeling alone?

  • Has everyone abandoned you, rejected you, and forsaken you?

Go to the promises of God for He has not!
“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you; I will be with you always to the end of the age.”

  • Is guilt weighing you down?

  • Friends, family, and community refusing to forgive, let alone forget?

  • Being reminded of what has happened constantly?

  • Think it is always with you?

Go to the promises of God.
“I will cast your sins as far as east is from west.”

  • Has the grave called or is it drawing near?

  • Fearing the forever-ness of death?

Go to the promises of God.
“Those who believe in me even though they die yet shall they live”

FAITH in the face of circumstances and situations that say it is impossible; Fiercely And Immovably Trust Him who makes and keeps all His promises in Christ.

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer

Monday, July 04, 2011

The One year bible- July 4th

With the calendar in my office reading July, I wish to congratulate you on reading more than one half of the Bible!! The year is half way done and we are well on our way to reading all of God’s Word this year. This may be the time to evaluate how you are doing in your reading plan. Is everything going well? Do you need to make any adjustments in your reading plan? Do you need to find a buddy to read with? Let me know how I can help. Keep up all the hard work! On to the study today...

Seth’s Thoughts

The Old Testament
We finished up the book of 2nd Kings this week with a flurry of Kings, most of them bad. We read quite often, “but he did what was evil in the LORD’s sight...”. Over and over the kings continued in the sins of the previous rulers. Remember God’s word to Joshua way back, “Make sure you drive out all the people living in the land and do not worship their Gods” (my paraphrase). Well the kings did not do a very good job and now the consequences are going to set in. First it was Israel’s turn to be exiled. The author of 2nd Kings does a great job telling us why, “This disaster came upon the people of Israel because they worshiped other gods. They sinned against the LORD...the followed the practices of the pagan nations...they build pagan shrines...they set up sacred pillars...they offered sacrifices on all the hilltops...they worshiped idols despite the LORD’s specific warnings” (2 Kings 17:7-12 NLT). What were these warnings? Sometimes it is helpful to look at the whole picture. The Old Testament is not in complete chronological order. So far it has worked out, but we will soon see, in the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles, that this is not always the case. One thing that is difficult is the warnings most often came from the prophets. God sent his holy men to warn the kings and the people what would happen if they did not turn back to YAHWEH. Isaiah and Jeremiah are two prophets who gave many warnings. We must remember this context when we get into these two long books a bit later in the year. There are some Bibles out there called “Chronological Bibles” that insert the warnings of the prophets into the narrative story. This can be very helpful to remember the context of the prophets. We do get a couple of good kings, Hezekiah was pretty good Josiah was even better, but even these two kings could not stop the exile from happening. One neat thing from 2 Kings 19, when Isaiah speaks he mentions “The Holy One of Israel”. Remember this term. We will see it over and over again in the prophetic books. Almost always it is used in reference to the promised Messiah (Much more on this when we are in the book of Isaiah later this year). One really great thing that happened during the reign of Josiah was that the book of the Law was found. How did it get lost? This does answer some of the questions about how king after king did not follow the Law of YAHWEH. Josiah had the book of the Law read to the people and they began to come back to the LORD. I am of the opinion that God used Josiah to get the people ready for the exile. God had promised that a remnant would return (through the prophet Isaiah). This remnant will build the city up again. Israel went to exile never to be heard from again but Judah had the promise of the Davidic covenant and we will soon see how God will be faithful even to his unfaithful people. The city of Jerusalem lies in ruins, the people have been exiled and all hope seems to be lost.

The New Testament
We continued the story of Paul at the end of his third missionary journey. It seems that everywhere Paul went, there was some sort of trouble. There was trouble in Ephesus, and then big time trouble in Jerusalem. Even in all of this trouble and turmoil, Paul remains calm and cool. He stays focused on his mission, to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Paul knew that he was to go to Rome. It will not happen the way he wants it to but I am getting ahead of the story. You can tell a lot about Paul by from this quote, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.” (Acts 20:24 NIV). May we all have the same conviction as Paul!! We read just one chapter later, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13 NIV). I am truly humbled when I read of the conviction of Paul. Paul gets into some hot water with the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and they try to kill him. Paul gives a great sermon and testimony on the steps of the governor’s palace. I am sure that there were some who heard his message and believed but many still wanted his head. The Roman commander ordered Paul to be whipped but once it was learned that he was a Roman citizen that was stopped quickly. Paul almost incites a riot between the Pharisees and the Sadducees when he was on trial and the Romans took no chances in losing control and secretly sent Paul off to Caesarea. Paul will never again live his life as a free man. Not only was he in physical chains, he also believed he was in chains to the Gospel and was a slave to Christ. We will see these patters emerge when we read some of Paul’s letters.

Bits and Pieces

The Old Testament

We will start 1 Chronicles the week but before we do we need to get some context to the book before they will make any sense to us. Both 1 and 2 Chronicles were written after the exiles returned from Babylon. They parallel many of the stories we have already read. Don’t get confused by hearing the same story again. These books are like commentaries on the books that preceded them. They are also like history books that were written by people who were not eyewitnesses to the events. Here are the vital stats for 1 Chronicles:

PURPOSE: To chronicle for the exiles the rule of David’s house and appointed services of the Levites as a record of how God’s people “keep the faith”

AUTHOR: Ezra, according to Jewish tradition

TO WHOM WRITTEN: All Israel (the nation is once again called Israel)

DATE WRITTEN: Approx. 430 BC recording events that took place from about 1000-960 BC

SETTING: First Chronicles parallels 2 Samuel and serves as a commentary on it. Written after the exile from a priestly point of view, 1 Chronicles emphasizes the religious history of Judah and Israel.

LAW THEMES: Breaking faith, exile, failure to follow God’s Word, seek the Lord.

GOSPEL THEMES: God’s blessings and rule through David, the Lord’s rule through David’s house, God with His servant, atonement at the tabernacle.

KEY VERSE: “And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel” (1 Chronicles 14:2).

KEY PEOPLE: David, Solomon

KEY PLACES: Hebron, Jerusalem, the temple

The Psalms

We finished the book of Psalms this week but we get to do it all over again. Please let me know if you have some questions the second time around.

Have a great week!!!

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