Archive for July, 2011

Responding to Psalm 2

For the entire study on Psalm 2, here is verses 1-3, verses 4-6, verses 7-9, and verses 10-12. I have to admit that even as a conservative, confessional Lutheran, there are times when I don’t take Martin Luther very seriously.  Luther is nothing if not a product of his own times.  If he wants to […]

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Focus Friday

Well, we’re twelve days and two psalms into the blogging experience.  Since the inception of Ophelimos, it’s been clear that this needs to be a Bible study blog.  It’s also clear that there is still a long way to go to really be improving the content here.  I for one have been blessed by writing […]

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The Sweet Embrace – Psalm 2:10-12

Psalm 2:10-12 (For the first three installments on this study of Psalm 2, click here, here, and here) First Impressions The conclusion of this psalm begins with a “therefore”, just as in Psalm 1.  Whereas the “therefore” in Psalm 1 served as a summary statement, the “therefore” in Psalm 2 prescribes the appropriate response to the […]

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Christus Rex – Psalm 2:7-9

Psalm 2:7-9 (For the first two studies on Psalm 2, click here and here) First Impressions Verse seven marks a change in the point of view of the narration.  In verse six, God is speaking in response to the nations opposing Him.  In verse seven, the King whom God established is now speaking.  What the King […]

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God Responds to His Enemies – Psalm 2:4-6

Psalm 2:4-6 (For the first installment on this psalm, click here) First Impressions David moves from the planned opposition of God’s enemies to God’s personal response to all of their plans.  His response should be encouraging to believers everywhere and utterly terrifying to His enemies. What does God do in response to the plans of those […]

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The Problem of Persecution – Psalm 2:1-3

Psalm 2:1-3  First Impressions The psalm starts out with a rhetorical question.  The translation note in the NET (New English Translation) Bible reads, “The question is rhetorical. Rather than seeking information, the psalmist expresses his outrage that the nations would have the audacity to rebel against God and his chosen king.”[1]  The psalmist (King David, […]

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Interview with Ryan Egan

The first interview in our series of Saturday interviews is with Ryan Egan.  Ryan is a very good friend of mine from way back to our days at AFLBS together.  He is also the worship leader at Living Word Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD, and he blogs regularly at I am an Offering. […]

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Focus Friday

I’ve decided to focus my efforts here at Ophelimos.  This first week of blogging and Bible study has been such a blessing to me that I’ve decided to make the entire focus of the blog on Bible Study.  I originally planned to have some posts of a more general nature, but the need for Bible […]

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Responding to Psalm 1

For the entire study on Psalm 1, here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. I must say that I’ve enjoyed doing some Bible study on Psalm 1.  There were a lot of interesting things going on in the text that I had previously overlooked.  Four days into this experiment, the goal of writing […]

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Psalm 1:5-6

Psalm 1:5-6 (For the first two installments on this psalm, click here and here) First Impressions In wrapping up the first Psalm, we take a look at the summary statement that is verse five and six.  Verse five begins with the word “therefore”, and as many of us have heard in the past, it’s good […]

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