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Primary Text: “The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul”- Psalm 19:7.
Today, we’re talking about the importance of Scripture in the life of the Christian and as a church body. We will study Psalm 19 and discuss the concepts of interaction & engagement, authority, and transformation.
Interaction & Engagement- Psalm 19:1-6
Authority- Psalm 19:7-11
Transformation- Psalm 19:12-14
For study and reflection, personally or with family, friends, or your small group:
To help get you started, talk with your group about your favorite books or authors. What did you like most about them? Are there any books you’ve read a number of times? Why? What books have “left a mark” on you? What book(s) might you recommend to someone else?
Read 2 Kings 22-23– Discuss the elements of interaction & engagement, authority and transformation as they are seen in the text.
- How did Josiah interact and engage God’s Law?
- What are some specific ways he demonstrated that God’s Law had authority over him personally? How was the authority of God’s Law shape the way the people interacted and engaged with God?
- Was there transformation? How do we see it?
Read the following texts and look closely at how Jesus reads and interprets what we call the Old Testament. What are some things that we can learn from him?
- Luke 4:14-21 (Isaiah 61:1-2)
- Luke 4:4, 4:12, 4:8 (Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 6:16, Deuteronomy 6:13)
- Matthew 5:21-22 (Exodus 20:13)
- Matthew 5:27-28 (Exodus 20:14)
- Matthew 13:14 (Isaiah 6:9-10)
- Matthew 21:16b (Psalm 8:2)
- Matthew 27:46 (Psalm 22:1)
Read Romans 15:4. What does Paul say is the purpose of “the things written in the past” and “the Scriptures”?
Jesus-centered Bible. (2015). Carol Steam, IL: Lifetree.
TableTalk: Living by the Word. Volume 41, Number 11, November 2018.