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Psalm 120 – 2nd July, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 120
  2. What kind of song is this?
  3. How is the psalmist described?
  4. What trouble does he face? 
  5. Who does he address?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is a song of ascents? When and why were they sung?
  2. What distress did the psalmist face and why?
    1. Why might lying lips and a deceitful tongue distress the author?
  3. How do verses 3 and 4 fit with 1 and 2?
  4. In your own words, what is the answer to verse 3?
  5. Where are Meshech and Kedar?
    1. Would the author be living in both those places at once?
    2. What else might it suggest?
  6. What does it mean that the psalmist is for peace but those among whom he lives are for war?
  7. Is there anything in this passage which points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
    1. How many connections can you make? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the psalmist model faith?
  2. How are you tempted to lie or be deceitful? How does the consequences of such action help us overcome it? How does it comfort those who are distressed by liars around them?
  3. How does this psalm encourage us to be faithful in the midst of a fallen world with sin all around us? How does the gospel enable us to do that?
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Daniel 7 – 11th June, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 7
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. When did Daniel see this vision?
  4. What did Daniel see? How does he describe:
    1. the four beasts?
    2. the Ancient of Days?
    3. the Son of Man?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What interpretation of the dream is Daniel given?
  2. What does this dream/vision reveal?
  3. Why does God choose to reveal it this way? What effect does it have?
  4. How do chapters 1–6 prepare the reader for chapter 7 (and the following visions)?
  5. What do we learn about the kings/kingdoms of the world? God? The Son of Man? 
  6. How does this passage point to Jesus and the gospel? Can you think of ideas/figures/themes which are repeated in the New Testament from this passage? If so where?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How would Daniel's vision impact God's people in exile? 
  2. Why was Daniel alarmed? Should we be alarmed also? If not how should this chapter effect us?
  3. How should God's sovereign rule over the future of humanity influence you today?

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