Thursday, June 24

Disciple Bible Study: Week 2, Reading 3

I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive.  Every day, we have different readings (except on the seventh day…resting!).  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture.  Well, an attempt at a close reading.

Week 2, Reading 3:  Psalm 19:1-6, Psalm 33

  • Beautiful writings (poetry) on God and God's creation.
  • Interesting dichotomy between verse 2 and 3 in chapter 19.  Creation speaks in vs. 2 and is not heard in vs. 3.  This is very true.
  • In Psalm 33:12, I am caught by the idea that "Happy is the nation whose God is the *LORD* (divine name).  I am thinking of all the people that think this is America.
  • Most of all, in both psalms, I am caught by the phrases that allude to the ancient semitic view of the world as pictured below.
    • 33:6 - the hosts of the heavens (to open the windows and doors)
    • 33:7 - gathering of the waters of the sea
    • 33:13 - the *LORD* looks down from his throne in heaven (by the mountain top)
    • 19:4 - a tent for the sun in heaven which runs across the sky
Semitic World View
Ancient Semitic World View

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