Friday, June 20, 2008

Lesson 10 - Prayers

meshoka hasedeka lanu elohim.
Continue your love toward us, O Lord.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lesson 10 - Notes for Preaching and Devotions

lipne, "before the face," can remind us of the Latin phrase used by the Reformers, "Coram Deo," "before the face of God," which reminded them that all of life was lived for, and watched over by, God. (more here)

• "Continue your love to those who know you ..." (Ps.36:10); "leyode 'eka," "those who know you." Note the third person plural throughout this verse. Much can, and has, been written about individual vs. communal awareness and expression in the Psalms (see, for starters, Witvliet p.26-27, including notes and references). But suffice it here to say that while the Psalms are remarkably personal and intimate in tone, the relationship they sing about is truly personal but never private. In today's hyper-individualistic culture--especially one that insists that your spiritual life is only a matter of personal experience and individual relevance--we can guard against an overly privatized spirituality by affirming our collective faith as the body of God's people. And we can realize that Scripture says that "knowing you," knowing God, is a collective (plural) as well as a personal (singular) act. (more here)

Lesson 10 - Hebrew today

This pretend newscast in Hebrew on YouTube, apparently for a school project, includes an "interview" with an "eyewitness" about a fountain of youth (the segment is about half-way through). Listen for the word "mayim" as she asks the question, "What did the water do to you?"

Listen to the question:

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Lesson 10 - Key Verses

baḥărû lāḵem hayywōm ’eṯ-mî ṯa‘ăḇōḏûn (Josh.24:15)
Choose this day whom you will serve.

məšōḵə ḥasədəḵā ləyōḏə‘eyḵā (Ps.36:10)
Continue your love to those who know you.

wərûḥa ’ĕlōhîm məraḥefeṯ ‘al-pənê hammāyim (Gen.1:2)
And the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters.

wayyibāqə‘û hammāyim: wayyāḇō’û ḇənê-yiśərā’ēl bəṯwōḵə hayyām bayyabāšâ wəhammayim lâem ḥōmâ mîmînām ûmiśśəmō’lām (Ex.14:21-22)
And the waters were divided. The children of Israel went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

wəhāyâ kə‘ēṣ šāṯûl ‘al-paləḡê māyim ’ăšer pirəywō yitēn bə‘itwō (Ps.1:3)
He is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which gives its fruit in season.

Lesson 10 - Word Studies

mayim, Turner p.73-75