I sometimes work on my Sunday school lesson in my dreams.
That was the case this morning as I awoke from a deep sleep. We have been in the Psalms this summer. Each week we have looked at one Psalm in which we do a quick overview of the Psalm, looking at the type of Psalm it is and if known, the history and how the Psalm might have been used in Israel. We then answer three questions: What do we need to understand within the Psalm?, Where do we see Jesus?, and When will it be helpful to sing/read/pray this Psalm?
Last week we looked at Psalm 2, which Jack Collins, my professor at Covenant Seminary (’03) labels a “Messianic Psalm.” I awoke still thinking about the implications of my study of that Psalm in anticipation of possibly talking about those implications this coming Sunday. The goal of the class was to do a different Psalm each week. But that my not happen this week.
Because I am dreaming.
When I awoke from this dream at a few minutes before 6 am, I immediately got up, snuck out of the bedroom to the living room. While the coffee maker hummed with the promise of waking up this frame, I wrote down the following:
– The king was to be the Ideal Israelite representing Israel in righteousness.
– As goes the king, goes Israel.
– His rule and reign was to be the earthly manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven.
– Since Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah-King, he reigns as that ideal Israelite.
– Whenever the church gathers in the name of Jesus, the gap between heaven and earth is “bridged.”
– The church as the body of Christ is the physical representation of the King on earth.
– Churches and Christian homes are outposts (embassies) of the Kingdom of heaven.
– Christians in America far too often see America the same way they see Israel, when actually the Church is the heir of those promises as they are fulfilled in the Messiah-King.
– The hope that American Christians (conservative and progressive) place in politics and the kingdoms of this world mirror Israel’s rejection of God as their king and the desire for a king like the nations in Samuel 8.
– A Pakistani Christian is more my countryman than any fellow American, no matter how geographically far I am from the former and far from the latter.
The thought version of rough drafts blurred by sleep. More to come, maybe.
have you read Reading the Psalms with Luther? I’m reading through it right now and it is so, so good.