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Week Six

Biblical Poetry

 Poetry is woven throughout the Bible in places many may never look to find it. Because it does not sound like what we are accustomed to, it can be quickly overlooked. Biblical Poetry is memorable and leaves its impact on its readers through vivid imagery, evoking emotion, and giving the reader a front-row seat to important Biblical events. Get ready to uncover a new, exciting genere in the word of God. Let’s dive into biblical poetry! 

   

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Rochelle Reid-Bispham

Ps 23 brings a sense of protection and peace to me. The metaphors of a shepherd tending the sheep near green pastures and still waters tells me that there’s plenty of provision (green pastures) and peace (still waters). I have a sense of emotional well-being because He restores my soul. Because of who He is, he leads me in the right paths. And even if I walk through dangerous places I am not afraid because He is with me. His rod and staff (correction and support) comfort me. I have abundance while facing adversity (a table in the presence of enemies). I am chosen (annointed) and I have more than I need (my cup runs over). I am sure that goodness and mercy will always be with me and I will live in God’s house (in His presence) forever.

Detra German

Let’s start out by reading the well-known Psalm 23. What image is God as a shepherd capturing here? How does this poem encourage you?
I learned the 23rd Psalm at a very young age, since we recited it every service growing up. As a child, I wondered about the difference between a shepherd and a king. They seemed to be the same to me. However, I came to understand that a King does what’s best for the majority of the people, whereas a shepherd tends to each sheep through a personal, devoted and close relationship. A shepherd knows each sheep individually versus viewing them collectively. This is how our God cares for us. As sheep we are prone to wander around without direction if we don’t have the Lord as our shepherd. In other words, we must see ourselves as sheep in order to recognize the Lord as our shepherd. We must admit that we need Him and rely on God for everything.  

KaMyka Glenn

Devotional
Day 1 – What insight do you receive from reading Jacob’s final words? If you were waiting to receive a blessing from your father, how might receiving a blessing impact your future decisions?

  • Rueben– I unruly and still have some growing to do. Due to his actions he won’t have the rights as the first born anymore. Simeon and Levi– are violent and Jacob wishes to not be a part of anything they do. They have anger issues. Judah– will be praised and people will bow because they respect and honor him. Zebulun– is a season that will be a vessel for others. Issachar– will work. Dan – will rue over his people but he’s deceitful. Gad– will be attacked but will also get revenge. Asher– will be a farmer or chef and will dine with those who are wealthy. Naphtali– is like a deer that is free spirited. Joseph– is wild and untamed be he is focused and has strength. He prayed for blessings over him for he is a prince. Benjamin– is a wolf.
  • Depending on the person’s perception at that time some of the words might send them down a negative path because they may be hurt. However, it may be a wake up call for them to do better and be grateful that he was honest with them. Therefore, it would have a positive impact on how they move forward in the future.

Day 2 – When God delivers you from an impossible situation, what is your response? Are you quick to acknowledge His faithfulness, or do you consider God’s provision more casually?

  • I’m grateful and in a posture of praise and reverence.
  • Quick to acknowledge that God doesn’t have to do anything… It’s a privilege!

Day 3 – How might knowing that your background does not disqualify you from God’s blessing encourage you?

  • It’s a blessing in itself. Your background could be the very reason why God chose you. God is a forgiving God and unconditional. Don’t take advantage of his kindness.

Day 4 – What does this song say about David’s character and how does it inspire you?

  • sympathetic, empathetic, judgmental, revered Saul and Jonathan.
  • To give and honor those gone before us but not to be judgmental because we all have things that we have to do but don’t want to do them. That person killed Saul because Saul asked to be taken out of his misery therefore, David needed to sho that gentleman some grace and mercy.

Day 5 – What type of impact do your prayers have? Are you praying for yourself only, or do you include those who have yet to be born?

  • I’m unsure of the type of impact my prayers have but I know prayer works.
  • I pray for only for others and actually have a hard time praying for myself.

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