IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN THE WINTERS ARE LONG
AND WE WAIT AND WAIT FOR SUMMER,
AND EVEN THOUGH SHE IS SLOW TO APPEAR,
LIKE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO KEEPS HER DATE WAITING,
SHE IS SO ENTRANCING WHEN SHE FINALLY ARRIVES,
WE FORGET OUR PETULANCE AND DANCE WITH JOY.
SUMMER IS A GIFT.
A TIME TO TAKE A BREAK FROM ROUTINE,
SAVORING THE SWEETNESS OF CREATION,
A TIME TO RENEW FRIENDSHIPS,
A TIME TO PONDER LIFE,
A TIME TO DRAW NEAR TO THE LOVER OF YOUR SOUL.
DURING JULY AND AUGUST, JOIN US
AS WE CONSIDER THE PSALMS OF THE SONS OF KORAH.
BECAUSE THIS IS A HOLIDAY WEEK
(AND HAPPY 4TH TO YOU!)
WE WILL TAKE TWO WEEKS FOR THIS INTRO.
I WANT TO GET A STRONG START, SO I’VE KEPT
THIS HOLIDAY WEEK BRIEF, AND THEN WE DIG IN IN EARNEST THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
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During these first two weeks in July we’ll learn about the sons of Korah. Korah was a rebel against God, but his sons were singers of the psalms. How is it that sons of such a rebel became such godly men? That is part of the intrigue of this week! A
Sunday: Getting to Know You!
The psalms are intensely personal, reflecting the highs and lows of life, and all the passions of the heart. Likewise, this is an interactive Bible study (if you like) where we really do get to know one another, care about one another, and experience God.
1. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself, the area in which you live, and anything that stood out to you from the above.
2. Tell us, if possible, one way the Lord has made Himself real to you so far this summer, using just a brief paragraph. (Wordy entries are often not read!) For example, I’d say:
Sometimes I fight loneliness as a widow, especially before my home my home is filled with guests for the summer, as I live in a resort area. But one lonely day in May, I took my bike to Peninsula Park to ride the ten mile path where forget-me-nots, spring green, and bird songs enveloped me. As I sailed through this wonderland I sang praises to Him and sensed HIs pleasure in my delight in Him and in His creation.
Monday: 4TH OF JULY
Next week we will dive into the history of the sons of Korah, but for now you can know that their father, Korah, rebelled against God and God gave him and his family a chance for mercy. Those who rejected it were swallowed up by the earth, and those who responded were not. There is a parallel with our lives and with our country.
3. Give thanks for God’s goodness to our country. Also pray for our country right here.
Tuesday-Friday: Intro Video and Reflections
Watch this short video of the friendship that began between the rock star Bono and the author of The Message, Eugene Peterson, because of their mutual love of the psalms.
4. What stood out to you from the above video and why?
In the above video, Bono was asked if like the psalmists, he had ever written a song despairing of the violence and struggling, therefore, with his faith. He said he had — and it is called Raised by Wolves. It’s definitely a rock song and a little challenging for this grandmother, yet the history is that Bono was raised in Ireland amidst all its violence, and this song is a lament where he cries I don’t believe anymore. The psalms show us we need to lament, to tell God what we are honestly feeling, so that we don’t back up from Him but allow Him to come to us. Here is a video of “Raised by Wolves.”
Though Bono was “raised by wolves,” God has had His hand on him, and Bono has become a powerful voice and fighter for justice in the world and an articulate apologist for Christianity. Because of his life of fighting for the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed, people listen.
Likewise, the sons of Korah became lead singers, writers of psalms, and world changers. (Heman and Asaph were famous psalmists from the line of Korah.) In a sense these sons of Korah were “raised by wolves,” for their father led the violent rebellion against Moses.
5. It always makes me ponder to meet someone who was raised in a hostile home who becomes passionate for Jesus. How do you think this happens?
6. What is your take-a-way and why?
Week 2 beginning July 10th
7. Did you see God in the move in your life in any way last week? If so, how?
Three sons of Levi were called by God to care for the tabernacle. The sons of Kohath, had the most arduous job of carrying the holy things of God on their shoulders as the Israelites moved from camp to camp. Korah, a grandson of Kohath, led a rebellion, challenging the right of Moses and Aaron to the priesthood.
6. Read Numbers 16:1-14
A. What complaint did Korah have against Moses and Aaron? (verse 3)
B. How did Moses respond? (verse 4)
C. What question did Moses put to Korah and what was he saying? (verses 9-12)
D. How did Korah’s men respond? (verses 13-14)
7. Read Numbers 16:20-35
A. What did God tell Moses and Aaron to do and why, and how did Moses plead? (verses 20-22)
B. How did God respond and then what did Moses do? (verses 23-26)
C. What did Moses tell the people in verses 28-30?
D. And then what happened? (31-34)
8. Read Numbers 26:9-11
A. According to verse 10, why did God swallow up the rebels?
B. Who did not rebel and die, according to verse 11?
There is an Australian singing group that has been around for over twenty years that puts the Psalms (almost verbatim) to music. Here is their version of Psalm 91, which might prepare your heart:
9. How do you see both the justice and the mercy of God in the above account? The gospel?
10. When sorrow comes into our lives, we are given “seeds” to spread bitterness or awe and trust. How do you think you respond to sorrow?
11. Which way do you think the sons of Korah responded and why?
Next week we will plunge into Book 11 of the Psalms which begin with the Psalms of the Sons of Korah! The first will be a favorite: Psalms 42 and 43 which are really one psalm.
12. What is your take-a-way and why?