Presentation on theme: "The Five Books of the Psalter Book 1: Psalms 1-41 Book 2: Psalms 42-72 Book 3: Psalms 73-89 Book 4: Psalms 90-106 Book 5: Psalms 107-150."— Presentation transcript:
The Five Books of the Psalter Book 1: Psalms 1-41 Book 2: Psalms Book 3: Psalms Book 4: Psalms Book 5: Psalms
Chiasmus in Psalms A—The honor and eternal righteousness of God 4a B—God will remember 4b C—God is gracious and merciful 5a D—Those that fear the L ORD 5b E—God will remember His covenant 6 F—The Power of God’s Works
Chiasmus in Psakms F—God’s works are true and just 9 E—God commanded His covenant :1 D—Fearing the L ORD is wise and blessed 2-5 C—The godly man is gracious and merciful 6-8 B—The godly will be remembered 9-10 A—The honor and eternal righteousness of the godly
God’s Works Express His Character God’s Works (of Creation) 1)Great (v. 2a) 2)Studied with Satisfaction (v. 2b)
Argument from Design Current Developments: Many scientists continue to question philoso- phical naturalism: One scientist has calculated how long it would take a monkey to type the twenty-third Psalm: x years. The formation of DNA would take far, far longer (Carson 198).
From non-life to life Spontaneous generation (gases + reducing atmosphere amino acids peptides proteins). But these biochemical reactions are reversible: even infinite time will not do (Carson ). Teleology (the argument from order and design) provides strong evidence that the Christian view is true. Stephen Davies writes, "Every advance in fundamental physics seems to uncover yet another facet of order."
Bacteria “Molecular biology has shown that even the simplest of all living systems on earth today, bacterial cells, are exceedingly complex objects. Although they are incredibly small, each is... a micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world” (Understanding the Times, 324).
The Bombadier Beetle The bombadier beetle embodies explosive chemicals (hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide) in separate storage tank areas (to keep the two substances apart... lest the insect blow itself up!) and a perfect detonator, which it uses when it ejects these weapons (Noebel 325).
Evolution Can Do Anything... Just Give it Time The pregnant eumenes amedei, a wasp-like insect, builds an intricate mosque-like dome, supplies her little grubs-to-be with paralyzed caterpillars, stinging and then storing the latter on the floor of her house, and then lays her egg suspended over the food by means of a silk thread. The newly-emerged grub spins its own thread and descends to its already- prepared nourishment (Noebel ).
Science shows: (1) The Impossibility of Spontaneous Generation (the emergence of life from non- life); (2) How the Second Law of Thermodynamics contradicts the theory of evolution; (3) That species cannot pass over a boundary which exists between them to become another species; (4) Gaps in the fossil record (which show the lack of transitional forms between species: a necessary postulate for evolution to be true).
God’s Works Reflect His Character God’s Works (of Providence) 1)Honorable; Glorious (v. 3) – They reveal attributes of royal dignity
God’s Character (and Ours) 1) Righteousness endures forever (v. 3b) Applies also to the upright (cf. 112:3, 9) 2) Gracious and full of compassion (v. 4) Applies also to the upright (cf. 112:4)
His “Wonderful Works” and the “Power of His Works” His “Wonderful Works” (vv. 4, 5; cf. 112:6) 1)Made to be Remembered (vv. 4, 5) – The Passover; Feeding of the Israelites in the wilderness The “Power of His Works” (v. 6) 1)He will give them the “Inheritance (land) of the Nations” (v. 6) – Canaan.
The “Works of His Hands,” God’s Precepts and God’s Deeds The “Works of His Hands” (vv. 7-8; cf. 112:7) 1)True, Just, Verified, Eternally Steadfast (vv. 7- 8a) – Precepts 2)Done in Truth and Uprightness (v. 8b; 112:7) – Deeds God’s “Name” God’s Word God’s Works Origin Truth Reflected and Sent Truth Executed Father Son Spirit
God’s Character and His Covenant 1) Faithful to His covenant, He commanded (or ordained) it forever (v. 9), and He will always remember it (v. 5). 2) Holy and awesome is His “name” (v. 9). God’s holy and fear-inspiring “Name” guarantees the covenant’s inviolability.