The book of Amos has only nine chapters and is considered one of the minor prophets. As you may know, the term minor is not referring to the importance of the message, but rather the size of the work. The larger works or the major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Arguably, Lamentations and Daniel should also be included as major prophets though some would classify them among the “writings”. I leave that argument for others to engage in. Besides Amos the other minor prophets are Hosea, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum and Habakkuk.
Amos was written ...
In Psalm 139 the psalmist, King David, magnifies a few of God’s attributes. Even though God knows Himself better than we will ever know Him though we spend an eternity with Him, David extols these attributes to God as a means of worship. How blessed we are to be allowed a peek into David’s understanding of, and love for God.
I see three main ideas being communicated in this beautiful work of Hebrew poetry. The first idea is that God knows Man. As we’ve discussed previously, Yahweh thoroughly knows each one of us. The second idea is the omnipresence (everywhere ...
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Have you spent any time pondering God’s thoughts? How would we know what thoughts God thinks? As humans we are limited to thinking one thought at a time. We may think we have a million things on our minds, but the truth is we can only entertain a single thought at a time. ...
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
“ 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
David begins this next discourse (logical chunk of scripture) with two rhetorical questions. It would probably be more accurate to say David asks the same rhetorical question two different ways to make sure his reader clearly understands.
If we were to paraphrase the question it might say, “God, where can I run to get away ...
Psalm 139:5 - 7
Psalm 139:1 - 4 fell easily into a group we can title “God knows us intimately”. A more careful examination of subsequent verses is required in order to arrive at the next logical bite sized chunk of verses to examine. I have identified verses five through seven to be the next discourse we will consider. When we study the scriptures we can, and should zoom into whatever grouping we have marked for the purposes of examination without fear of making a mistake. The reason we can safely group verses, sentences, or passages however we want, is because ...
Let’s make some observations as we work through the first four verses of Psalm 139.
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. ...
I considered writing about Psalm 139:14 which talks about being fearfully and wonderfully made. The first thing I did was to begin reading at the top to get the overall context for the verse. I thought I could summarize the first thirteen verses, then for the purpose of our study emphasize verse fourteen. After examining the verse like a jeweler scrutinizes a diamond and extolling every facet, I could then fit it back into the setting of the rest of the chapter. But I fell in love with all of Psalm 139.
The truth is verse fourteen is probably the most well known ...
I want to look at the last verse in Psalm 19, which is verse 14. Since I learned the critical concept of context, it has become difficult for me to pull a single verse out of a passage without considering the whole passage. So I’m going to trust you the reader to garner context on your own by reading the whole Psalm. Chapter nineteen is only fourteen verses long but it is rich with imagery and content. You will reap greater reward for a prolonged investment in this chapter.
Just a few introductory words about the Psalms in general. The Psalms were composed between ...
Last time we explored the Old Testament use of the word saint. Let’s take a look at the New Testament use of the word. Every occurrence of the word saint in the New Testament is the Greek word ἅγιος (hagios). It has a very narrow range of meaning. It simply means “Holy” when referring to persons, and “Sacred” when referring to things. I had no Idea how different my perspective would become when I set out to study the word saint.
Sometimes I feel like our familiarity with a word and its use in our language is the greatest hindrance to our understanding ...