Green Box

Albert E. Farley

Special 2011 Lectureship Issue - “Oh How I Love Your Law!”

 We are thankful for the privilege of publishing the articles of this issue, written by some of the speakers of the 2011 lectures! The lectureship this year is under the oversight of the elders of the church in Pennsboro, WV and is being directed by brother Terry Jones. This is the fifth year Pennsboro has hosted the lectures. The theme for this year’s lectures is from the 119th Psalm.

 The book of Psalms is perhaps the Bible book that was the longest in being written. Psalm 90 is attributed to Moses, who lived c.1500 years before Christ, and Psalm 126 refers to the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity, in c.536 BC. This is a period of about 1,000 years.

 Psalms is the longest book of the Bible: 150 “chapters.” Psalm 119 is the longest “chapter,” with 176 verses. Psalm 117 is the shortest “chapter” (2 verses) and, also, the middle “chapter” of the Bible.

 Psalm 119 is called an Alphabetical Psalm. It contains 22 sections or stanzas, grouped around the headings of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section has 8 verses, and each verse begins with the Hebrew letter of that particular section. Each speaker in the lectureship will be speaking about one of these 22 sections.

 Almost every verse of Psalm 119 refers to the Law of God. It was written under the Law of Moses, but, in principle, it also applies to “the perfect law of liberty” – the law of Christ. James 1:25; Galatians 6:2

 We pray that many of our readers are making plans to attend the lectures September 25-28. If the Lord will, I will be looking forward to seeing many of you there!

 We continue to need your help in increasing our readership. Our circulation for August was 2,763. Thank you for all of your help. Please pray for our efforts. –Albert.

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