Monthly Archives: June 2011

Psalm 73-Stronger than Death

I admit that I have used the last verses of Psalm 73 in funerals and implied that they pertained to life after death.  But do they? You could take verse 24 this way:  in this life God guides us, but … Continue reading

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Psalm 73-Emotions

Psalm 73:21-22 constitutes a brief prayer of confession.  Before his insight at the sanctuary, the psalmist admits that his feelings had gotten the better of him.  Verse 21 has two lines that mean pretty much the same thing.  He felt … Continue reading

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Psalm 73-At the Sanctuary

Something happened at the sanctuary.  The psalmist was in pain and toil trying to understand the success of bad people until he went to a holy place (v. 17).  There he discerned the ultimate fate of the wicked.  Their future … Continue reading

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Psalm 73-the ethics of doubt

Sometimes believers have periods when they doubt their faith.  C. S. Lewis said he sometimes doubted his faith, but that when he had been an atheist, he had sometimes doubted that as well. But what about when a leader of … Continue reading

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A Rabbi’s take on science and religion

This is from rabbi Geoffrey Mittelman. http://www.scienceandreligiontoday.com/2011/06/22/why-can-judaism-embrace-science-so-easily/ “I recently had a conversation with a neuroscientist, who also happened to be a self-described atheist. He knew I was a rabbi and so in the middle of the conversation, he very tentatively … Continue reading

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Psalm 73: Depression

The writer is depressed.  His enemies are doing well.  They are getting rich (v. 12), while he is doing poorly.  He doesn’t go into detail about his own situation, but there is a clear contrast between his own circumstances and … Continue reading

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Psalm 73: Bad People

The author of Psalm 73 raises the issue of why good things happen to bad people.  In verses 4-9 he describes these people.   They don’t seem to have the problems other people have.  They are healthy and well nourished.  Not … Continue reading

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