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Bible in a Year 37 38 PS Psalms 22 to 35

Bible in a Year 37 38 PS Psalms 22 to 35

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Bible in a Year for weeks 37 and 38 in the Psalms
Bible in a Year for weeks 37 and 38 in the Psalms

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The Bible in a Year


Psalms 22 to 35
Read this coming week:
Jul 25 2 Chron 19‐20, Ps 22:1‐18, Matt 27‐28 Jul 26 2 Chron 21‐23, Ps 22:19‐31, Mark 1 Jul 27 2 Chron 24‐25, Ps 23, Mark 2 Jul 28 2 Chron 26‐28, Ps 24, Mark 3 Jul 29 2 Chron 29‐30, Ps 25, Mark 4 Jul 30 2 Chron 31‐32, Ps 26, Mark 5 Jul 31 2 Chron 33‐34, Ps 27, Mark 6 Aug 1 2 Chron 35‐36, Ps 28, Mark 7 Aug 2 Ezra 1‐2, Ps 29, Mark 8 Aug 3 Ezra 3‐5, Ps 30, Mark 9 Aug 4 Ezra 6‐ 7, Ps 31, Mark 10 Aug 5 Ezra 8‐10, Ps 32, Mark 11 Aug 6 Neh 1, Ps 33, Mark 12 Aug 7 Neh 2‐3, Ps 34, Mark 13 Aug 8 Neh 4‐6, Ps 35, Mark 14

Reading Questions
For next week you’re reading 2 Chronicles 19 to Nehemiah 6. Answer the following: • Why does the psalmist trust in the Lord in Psalm 22? • How does 22:31 reinforce that this psalm is about Christ? • Give it a shot, how many verses of Psalm 23 can you say just from memory? • What are the requirements for ascending the hill of the Lord? (24)

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What are the attributes of the followers of the Lord in 25? What is the “level ground” that the psalmist stands upon in 26? When would you read this psalm? (27) What makes someone “wicked” or “a worker of evil”? (28) By what power does the Lord do all the things in 29? Could you see Psalm 30 as a psalm of confession? Why/why not? Psalm 31:5 is one of Jesus’ last words, but what is the whole verse and who should be saying it? Who do you think is speaking Psalm 32:8ff? Would you use Psalm 33 as a battle cry or motivational speech? Count the mentions of mouths or things done by the mouth in 34. What is the Psalmist asking for in 35?

Books of the Psalms & the Lectionary
We are breaking into a new “Book of the Psalms”. If you remember, the Psalms are broken up into 5 books. We are not really sure why the Psalms were broken up into these books. While there are similarities in theme, it is not distinct enough to be the entire reason for breaking up the larger work of the Psalms. Some scholars think these books functioned like the “cycles” of our lectionary system. (A “lectionary cycle” is the appointed readings for church services in liturgical churches such as the Lutherans, the Anglicans, and the Roman Catholics. University Lutheran uses the Revised Common Lectionary – Lutheran Edition. There are other lectionary systems. Ours is a 3-year cycle – normally focusing on Matthew in the first year [“Year A”], Mark in

the second year [“Year B”], and Luke in the third year [“Year C”].) If this were the case, people would sing only out of Book I for the first year of worship, Book II for the second, etc. Other scholars thought that these books were broken up to be read alongside the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible. Gregory of Nyssa, an early church father, attempted to show that the books and their structure show “steps to moral perfection” although this seemed to be essentially the product of a well meaning imagination. Whatever the case may be for breaking up the Psalms, we appreciate that there is some order that we can follow along with – however arbitrary that order may seem sometimes.

Book I
Book I of the Psalms does have its own sense of character. One of the reasons that scholars believe that the Books of the Psalms follow the structure of the 5 books of the Pentateuch is that Book I seems to begin with a history. The history of the world and the patriarchs is given in Genesis, and the history of Davidic rule is given to large degree in Book I. Book I is comprised of Psalms 1-41. These psalms show the person and character of David the human. David’s humanity plays a larger role in these Psalms where as in Book II, we will see David’s “office” of king playing a larger role.

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