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CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T26 - Preaching Psalms and Wisdom Literature

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Transcript of CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T26 - Preaching Psalms and Wisdom Literature

- look for parallelism; both lines need to
be taken as one thought
Goal
is to develop wise and
godly character
for life in the real world
Preaching Psalms
and
Wisdom Literature

Law, narrative, and prophets stress “Believe!” and “Obey!” while
wisdom stresses “Think!”
Call us to listen, look, think, and reflect
Offer practical insights for living
Proverbs
Rational norms of life (what normally happens).
Does
not
present
universals
(what will always happen).
Job
The
righteous
and wise
suffer
in ways that mere humans cannot understand.
Ecclesiastes
Failure
of the rational,
ordered approach
to provide ultimate meaning to life.
Meaning only comes through a relationship with God.
Irrationality
of
romantic love
between husband and wife.
Song of Songs
Introduction to Psalms
Psalms are poetry
Psalms focus on our
emotional response
to God.
Psalms connect with us down deep, both in joy and in despair
Interpretive Keys for Psalms
#1
Understand the function of psalms
#2
Understand the poetic nature of psalms
- give us inspired models of how to talk
and sing to God
- speak to us in seasons of
well-being
,
seasons of
hurt
and seasons of
surprise
- do
not
present
doctrinal
guidelines
- teach us to be honest and open with God
- identify figures of speech; discover the
imagery behind the figure of speech in it
#3
Study psalms by form and content
3 main categories:
a) praise psalms; b) laments; c) thanksgiving
Several subcategories:
royal psalms, enthronement psalms,
wisdom psalms
#4
Keep the literary context in mind
- sometimes adjacent psalms
relate to each other
#5
Note the ultimate fulfillment in Christ
- a few psalms have strong prophetic,
messianic elements (e.g., Ps. 22, 110)
- royal/enthronement psalms have
historical meaning and find their
ultimate fulfillment in Christ's reign
Introduction to
Wisdom Books

Proverbs
Job
Song of Songs
Ecclesiastes
W
i
s
d
o
m
Interpretive Keys for Wisdom Books
#1
The 4 books balance each other theologically
- read each one in context of all four.
Purpose of the Wisdom Books
#2
#3
#4
#5
Sermon Keys for Psalms
Develop your sermon along the lines determined by the form/structural category (e.g., praise, thanksgiving, lament)
Each psalm usually expresses a complete unit of thought (-> preach an entire psalm)
Sermon Keys for Wisdom Books
Complete units of thoughts vary in Proverbs
- Proverbs
1-9
and
30-31
have
longer poetic units
- In
Proverbs 10-29
, each proverb stands
by itself (does not relate to the
immediate context)
- While preaching from
Proverbs 10-29
,
choose one of the themes and pick 3-5
relevant proverbs (e.g., hard work,
laziness; honesty; good speech;
gossiping; concern for the poor)
Place the smaller units of Job within the context of the entire story
- Retell the whole story of Job in your
first sermon
- Some theological principles:
God is sovereign, we are not.
God knows all and we know little.
God is always just, but he does not disclose his explanations to us.
Preach Ecclesiastes in light of the overall message (12:9-14)
- Three main points:
Apart from God, life is meaningless. Wisdom is not bad, but it does not provide ultimate meaning in life.
Wisdom does not explain the contradictions of life; it only points them out. Therefore, people should simply trust God (the same meaning as Job)
Life, therefore, is not a puzzle to be completely understood but a gift to be enjoyed (similar to Song of Songs) as we walk by faith.
Song of Songs is very appropriate for a preaching series that deals with marriage
- Use paragraph-size or
chapter-size units of thoughts
for sermons
Class exercise:
Develop the CIT, CIS and sermon outline for
Psalm 111
Use Psalm 142 (p. 284f) as example
Contrastive
– second line contrasts with first line
Synonymous
– second line repeats idea of first line
Developmental
– second line further develops
idea of first line
Illustrative
– second line illustrates first line
Psalm 111
CIS: Six reasons why all people should praise the Lord
Why should all people praise the Lord?
1. Because they love to do so (v. 1)
2. Because of his works (vss. 2-9)
3. Because praise is the only fitting response
They are majestic (vss. 2-3)
They are memorable (vss. 4-5)
They are mighty (v. 6)
They are meaningful (v. 6)
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Adapted from Spurgeon, Treasury of David; http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps111.htm
and Sermon Seeds; http://sermonseeds.org/Poetry/Psalm%2091-120/Psalm%20111.htm.
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