He Gave Gifts (Psalm 68:15-35; Ephesians 4:7-14)

He Gave Gifts

Psalm 68:15-35

Ephesians 4:7-14

Jesus is a King like no other—he rescues the dead, befriends his enemies, and gives gifts to those he conquers.

I. The Triumphant March of God (vv. 1-23)

A. The Redeemer from Slavery (vv. 1-6)

B. The Protector of Sinai (vv. 7-10)

C. The King in Zion (vv. 14-23)

II. The God of the Triumphant March (vv. 20-31)

A. The Raiser of the Dead (vv. 20-23)

B. The Exalter of the Humble (vv. 24-27)

C. The Befriender of the Enemy (vv. 28-34)

III. Putting Flesh on Psalm 68 (vv. 18-19, 28-34; Ephesians 4:7-14)

A. The Blesser of the Conquered (v. 18-20, 28-34; Ephesians 4:7-10)

B. The Journey to Zion (vv. 32-34; Ephesians 4:11-14)

C. Food for the Journey

Discussion Starters

1. Monday—What did Plato mean when he said the best kind of leader would be a loving person with absolute power? Why not just have no leader at all?

2. Tuesday—Why is God’s power (revealed at Mount Sinai) simultaneously terrifying and comforting?

3. Wednesday—Why is it significant that Benjamin (the least of the tribes) goes out front and Judah amidst the crowd? What does this teach you about God? Why is it a comfort?

4. Thursday—What is shocking about how Paul changes Psalm 68:18 to say God gave gifts rather than received gifts? Is this contrary to the message of Psalm 68? How does this make God different from earthly rulers?

5. Friday—What are the gifts that Paul says God has given you (Ephesians 4:11)? Why is this mean to be a comfort to you?