Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 16, 2017 psalm 63 Deuteronomy 31, psalm 92, (19)

A song of Moses is in chapter 32. This is spoken to all the people but the forecast is that people will desert the Lord and then He will desert the people. Different ways to study scripture. Form, text , historical. Pries thinks this is jumbled together texts. It is like telling children that they will screw up and fail many times in their lives. There will be consequences of your actions. God was saying here is a beautiful land for you and Moses said you will screw up and lose it. Is 14 to 23 just part of the commission of Joshua. Why is it that God fights against the idols of the native people’s of the land. Is it that he is trying to keep us from the outcomes of those religions. There is a short term fun and long term happiness. It is hard to achieve a balance. Psalm 32 is a Bal hymn. We somehow got into a discussion of chosen where the people would breed into problems because of inbreeding. Elevated risk in the probability background. Read psalm cannonade Psalms.

May 9, 2017 psalm 140:1-8, Deuteronomy 29-30, psalm 140:9-13, (21)

I noted verse 29:26, it sounds like there are other gods God could have given them. Deuteronomy 4:19 also refers to this. We say today that we worship other gods like money, family, celebrities. But isn’t this the presence of other things that we worship. They wanted the Israelites to win and therefore  they attributed it to god. Gene says that his daughters church in the communion says when Jesus is betrayed they say when Jesus hands himself over to the Romans. There is a lot of repitition of the phrase obey God or suffer the consequences, meaning your destruction. The life concept is repeated 6 times for emphasis. Hear the commandments and have a good life. Verse 14 says that your operating procedures get embedded in your being. If you live in God’s commandments then wealth will come to you in many ways. What is the evidence that God loves you it you love God and are attentative to gods call. One of Frank’s favorite phrases in a sermon is Now. There is an immediency to this which brings us into our lives. Assimilation can take many forms. Assimilation may include conformity. Language carries culture.

May 2, 2017, psalm 109:1-19, Deuteronomy 28, psalm 109:20-31 (25)

This book is a pretty terrible description of the curses that are extraordinarily nasty. You could characterize in 3 ways, ag curses, personal illness, and enemies would defeat them. Bob Kaplan visited us today. He noted the evilness of catabolism. Pries noted there were rewards and curses in the same manner. This may be the basis for wealth for believers and sickness and evil for non believers that Job struggled with. This may be the source of the wealth ministry but doesn’t deal with the curses and what that means. These are the many stories told by various people. Why was this included? There is no Jewish equivalent to the pope. And therefore there is much diversity among Jewish people. Pries remarked about the constant fight against idols made of precious metals and stone. Kaplan said he didn’t think Deuteronomy could be seen as a transcription from God to the people. Why bad things happen to good people is certainly a by product of all of this. It certainly is a problem for people who believe every word in the Bible is inspired by God must have problems with the inner inconsistencies. There is much diversity of beliefs among Judaism. Mariachi  is a collection of stories which is least formidable part of their beliefs. The Jewish Bible includes the prophets, the Talmud, and of course the Torah. Bill asks if this is a change in our perception of God or is a change in how God chooses to act. Al says that this is the basis of treaties in the middle East at the time. The concept of grace doesn’t come up in Judaism, but there are certainly are references to kindness, helpfulness, and almost grace among people. Jews believe more in using the concept of God to guide their daily lives and really don’t have discussions about the afterlife.
Kaplan was asked about the priestly line from Aaron was because their father said so. The name Cohen and Kaplan is a variation of the priestly line come from Aaron. A rabbi is not a priest but rather a teacher. There appears to be no formal priestly function in Judaism but possibly calling on Cohen’s or Levites to formally end Torah readings.