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  • The Books of Poetry John Stevenson, 2009

  • PentateuchGenesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, DeuteronomyHistorical BooksJoshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, EstherPoetic BooksJob, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of SolomonProphetic BooksIsaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

  • BookPain & sufferingJobSong of SolomonEcclesiastesPsalmsProverbsProblemPrayer & WorshipConductMeaning & significanceLoveSovereignGod asHolyAll-wiseCreatorLover of His peopleOn his face before GodMan asBefore the throne of GodReceiving instructionUnder the sunIn a love relationship

  • Poetic LiteraturePsalmsSong of SolomonWisdom LiteratureJobProverbsEcclesiastes

  • Poetic LiteratureNarrator is viewed as a normal manWisdom LiteratureNarrator is viewed as the wise voice of experienceTouch the heartTouch the mindFocus on human emotionFocus on wisdomLove for God and for othersLiving before God and with others

  • The Book of Suffering

  • Chapters 1-2Historical prologue: Job TestedDialogue & DiscourseChapters 3-31Jobs three friendsChapters 33-37Elihus speechesChapters 38-41God speaksChapter 42Historical epilogue: Job RestoredProse SectionPoetry SectionPlain languageHighly ornateWritten in pure HebrewContains many expressions characteristic of Chaldaean

  • Setting for the StoryUz

  • The StoryThe Heavenly ChallengeJobs CalamitiesSatans Second AccusationJobs Continuing EnduranceJobs Three Friends

  • The Cast of CharactersJobMrs. JobGodSatanThree FriendsEliphazBildadZopharElihu

  • Job maintains his innocenceI made a covenant with my eyes that I would not look on a woman to lust (31:1).I gave food and clothing to the poor and the widow and the orphan (31:16-20).I did not let my own prosperity get in the way of my relationship with God (31:24-28).

  • Elihu1 Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned, because he justified himself before God. 3 And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he. (Job 32:1-4).

  • When God Finally Speaks...He does not give Job any answers to his questionsHe does not give Job any comfort in his situation

  • Job 38:1-3Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

  • Job 38:4-7"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set its measurements, since you know?Or who stretched the line on it?On what were its bases sunk?Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

  • Job 40:1Then the LORD said to Job, "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it."

  • Job 40:6-9Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm, and said, "Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His?

  • Job 42:1-2Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted.

  • Job 42:5-6"I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees Thee; therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes."

  • Job 42:7And it came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.

  • Job 42:8-9Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

  • Lessons from JobGod is both all-loving and all-powerfulThere are no simple answersExpression of grief & trouble is appropriate, but not to pass judgment on GodGod is in control, even when it is not obvious to our eyesGod has a purpose in what he allows, even if we do not know what it is

  • Lessons from JobTragedy can serve as a wake-up callGod has not remained distant from us in our painJob is about Gods condemnationWill you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? (Job 40:8).God was condemned in Christ.

  • The Hymnbook of God

  • Characteristics of the PsalmsA thousand years of historyMusical instrumentsQuoted in New TestamentRelates our response to GodA sensory book

  • What are the different types of Psalms?Praise PsalmsSongs of ThanksgivingRoyal PsalmsWisdom PsalmsPsalms of RemembrancePsalms of LamentImprecatory Psalms

  • What are some of your favorite Psalms?

  • Book 1

    Book 2

    Book 3

    Book 4

    Book 5

    Chapters 1-41

    Chapters 42-72

    Chapters 73-89

    Chapters 90-106

    Chapters 107-150

    Mostly written by David

    Mostly by Asaph

    Mostly anonymous

    Mostly by David

  • Psalm 1But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

    How blessed is the man who does not...


    In the counsel...

    Of the wicked


    In the path...

    Of sinners


    In the seat...

    Of scoffers

  • Psalm 1:3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither;

    And in whatever he does, he prospers.

  • Psalm 2:1-2Why are the nations in an uproar,And the peoples devising a vain thing?The kings of the earth take their stand,And the rulers take counsel togetherAgainst the LORD and against His Anointed.

  • Psalm 2:6-76 But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.7 I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten Thee.

  • Psalm 2:8-98 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Thy possession.9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, Thou shalt shatter them like earthenware.

  • Psalm 22-24Psalm 22. The Suffering ServantPsalm 23. The Good ShepherdPsalm 24. The Sovereign King

  • Psalm 33:1-3Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. 2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. 3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

  • The title Elohim is used much morethan is the name Yahweh

    Book 1

    Book 2

    Book 3

    Book 4

    Book 5

    Chapters 1-41

    Chapters 42-72

    Chapters 73-89

    Chapters 90-106

    Chapters 107-150

    Mostly written by David

    Mostly by Asaph

    Mostly anonymous

    Mostly by David

  • Psalm 42:1-31 As the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for Thee, O God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?3 My tears have been my food day and night,While they say to me all day long,Where is your God?

  • Psalm 42:4These things I remember, and I pour out my soul within me.For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. You cannot rest on yesterdays experiences Mutual support & encouragement

  • Psalm 42:5Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why have you become disturbed within me?Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.

  • Psalm 42-43Psalm 43 has no superscription.Psalm 42 is a Psalm of Lament, but has no supplication at the end unless it is found in Psalm 43A continuing refrain to hope in God.

  • The RefrainHope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence (Psalm 42:5).Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 42:11).

    Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:5).

  • Psalm 45:1For the choir director; according to the Shoshannim.A Maskil of the sons of Korah.A Song of Love.My heart overflows with a good theme;I address my verses to the King;My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

  • Psalm 45:7-87 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows.8 All Thy garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made Thee glad.

  • Prayer forindividualrestoration (1-2)Prayer fornationalrestoration (18-19)Confession(3-6)Thanksgiving(13-17)Prayer for Restoration Cleansing from sin (7-9) Inward renewal (10-12)

  • Davids flight from SaulMaskils of DavidMeditationLkf - To be PrudentGolden Prayer~tK - Gold5253545556575859Mikhtams of David

  • Psalm 57:1For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth.A Mikhtam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,For my