sermon: Psalms: Book One (Part One)
Blest and Happy Is the Man
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 04-Apr-15; Sermon #1260A; 80 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Exodus 12:1-2, heralding the beginning of the sacred year in the springtime, when the foliage is sprouting and budding, points out that this season corresponds to one of the sacred appointed times of the year, the Days of Unleavened Bread. The Hebrew word used to mark these appointed times, regalim (or feet), connotes walking or a pilgrimage. The Hebrew year contained five paces, steps, or seasons, all corresponding to God's holy times. Patterns of five, grasped conveniently by the five digits of each hand, suggest grace or providence. Groupings of five arrange the seasons, the Torah (Pentateuch), the Megillot (Festival Scrolls), the Five Books of Psalms, and the summary Psalms. These recurring sets of five have common themes and patterns. The Song of Songs takes place in the springtime, awakening romance and love between the Shulamite and her Beloved, parallel to the romance between Christ and the Church. Genesis consists of a book of stories, accounts of the beginning of things, showing the consequences of wise and foolish choices. The Psalms in Book One of the Psalms deal with the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, uttered by David, but lived by Jesus Christ. The themes consist of trust in God, suffering, facing opposition, and persecution, the Messianic themes of redemption, salvation, and kingship, leadership, and rulership, distinctions between the righteous and the wicked, two separate paths with two separate ends, tests and trials leading to hope, growth, and fruit. Psalm 1 is an instructional psalm, delineating two distinctive paths with positive consequences (derived from meditating the things of God) and paths with negative consequences (as a result of rejecting God and His instructions). Jesus Christ is the personification of all that instruction. When God calls us out the world, He transplants us next to His stream of living water, enabling us to bear spiritual fruit and attain eternal life.
Abib 1 Abel Abraham Adam and Eve Appointed time Ashre Beatitudes Beginning of months Beloved Blessed Book One of the Psalms Book three Budding Cain Civil year Coming to life Coronation ceremony Deuteronomy 4:6 Doxology Ear-ing Exodus 12: 1-2; 13: 4-; 23:14-16 Feast of Harvest Feast of Ingathering Feet First day of Unleavened bread First month of the year Five as the number of grace Five books of the Pentateuch Five paces in the year Fundamental things Genesis as the beginning Genesis Haga Handful of things Isaac Jacob's deception Jacob John 3:11-12 Keeping a beat Lamentations Leviticus Making a count by tapping the foot Matthew 5: 3 7:13- 14 Meditate Moad Murmur New moon Newness of spring Night to be much observed Nisan Noah Paces Patterns of five Pentecost Pilgrimages Psalm 1;2; 10; 33; 146 Purim Reading quietly Regalim Regulate things Sacred themes Scornful Season Shulamite Song of Songs 2:8-13 Sovereignty of God Summer and winter no feasts Springtime Sprouting Steps to reach God's Holy times Three feet in the year Tishri 1 Torah as God's instructions Torah Tower of Babel Two paths Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles Two types of people Unlearning bad things You against the many
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