THE BEST STORIES THAT MOVE OUR HEARTS DO SO
BECAUSE THEY TAP INTO THE TRUE STORY,
THE STORY THAT BEGAN BEFORE THE DAWN OF TIME.
SO WE LOVE THESE TALES THAT TELL OF A GOOD KING
WHO MADE ALL THINGS RIGHT,
BUT THEN THERE WAS AN ENEMY…A BATTLE…
AND WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF OUR SEATS…
TAKE THE STORY OF THE GOOD KING ARTHUR
WHO FELL IN LOVE AND TOOK FOR HIMSELF A BRIDE…
KING ARTHUR WAS SO WONDERFUL AND GUINEVERE DID LOVE HIM.
AND HIS KNIGHT, SIR LANCELOT, LOVED HIM.
SO HOW COULD THEY BETRAY HIM SO?
BRINGING SO MUCH PAIN TO ALL
AND THE DOWNFALL OF CAMELOT.
“ONCE, A DISTANT TIME AGO, THERE WAS A LAND CALLED CAMELOT”
AND TRULY, ONCE, THERE WAS A LAND CALLED EDEN
SEE HOW THIS STORY IS A “MEMORY TRACE” OF THE TRUE STORY.
1. In the above clip, see if you can:
A. Find winsomeness in King Arthur that reflects the winsomeness of the True King
B. Find descriptions of Camelot that reflect the beauty of Eden.
C. Do you see any other parallels to the true story?
2. If you know the end of the story, how did the infidelity of Guinevere and Lancelot impact King Arthur and Camelot?
3. With the above in mind, meditate on Psalm 2:12 and find an application for yourself today.
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study
Part I. WHO IS THIS KING?
4. Read Psalm 2 and find hints as to who this King is, using cross-references in parenthesis.
A. In verses 1-2:
The English word Messiah comes from the Hebrew word for anointed one.
B. Verse 6.
C. Verse 7. (quoted in Acts 13:13 and Hebrews 1:5)
D. Verse 8-9
5. Mike Reeves links The King of Psalm 2 to the Blessed Man of Psalm 1 in several ways. One is through Deuteronomy 17:18-20. Read it and see if you agree,
6. Completely Optional (Because I promised not to overload you) Listen to the first twelve minutes of Reeves and comment if you like:
7. Pray that you would kiss this King, honor this King, long for this King to be King of your heart.
Part Ii. THE KINGS OF THE EARTH RAGE AGAINST THE TRUE KING AND HIS FOLLOWERS
Psalm 2 indeed is about a world gone mad, where, from the beginning, kings have raged against the King God set on His holy hill. And indeed, that is the first part of the truth of Psalm 2. The kings of the nations have always raged against the true King.
HEROD ORDERED THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS
2/3 OF THE WORLD HAS SEVERE RESTRICTIONS AGAINST CHRISTIANS
IN 2013 KOREA’S KIM JONG UN PUBLICLY EXECUTED 80 CHRISTIANS FOR READING THEIR BIBLES
Christianity Today reports that persecution has escalated everywhere, and though we are in the minority of the world where Christians are still free to worship, the scoffing has increased, and we too feel the growing storm and wonder what is ahead. Among our own, there are those who are experiencing scoffing right within their own homes, a place God intended to be a sanctuary, a place of rest. This is real persecution as well, and we must include these persecuted Christians in our prayers.
How vital it it to pray the Word so we are taken out of our self-centered cloister to pray for our brothers and sisters in enormous need.
5. Read the following page on praying for persecuted Christians and then put it into action right here through your prayers: Link
6. Read Psalm 2 and then pray Psalm 2:10-12 for the rulers of the world.
7. Pray the last phrase “Blessed are all who take refuge in him” and Psalm 3 for persecuted Christians.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY LISTEN TO THIS FREE KELLER SERMON: LINK
8. Share your notes here.
9. On the basis of what you heard, pray for your own heart.
What is your take-a-way and why?