Prayer Psalm: 40
Prayer Point: Today we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. Psalm 40 is truly Jesus’ prayer. Meditate on the sufferings of Christ on Good Friday and then make verses 1-3 your own prayer of thanksgiving.
John 13:36-38 (Morning) ; 19:38-42 (Evening)
(Morning) On the night Jesus was betrayed, he tells his disciples that he is leaving for a place where they cannot come. This is quite distressing because Jesus’ disciples believe that he is about to be crowned king.
Where is Jesus going that Peter cannot yet go? Why do you think Jesus predicts that Peter will disown him?
(Evening) The Jewish Day of Preparation was the day before the Sabbath (Friday). The day of preparation ended at sun down so both men would have had little time to complete the burial, therefore they buried Jesus in a tomb nearby. Both Nicodemus (you can read his story in John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea were secret disciples of Jesus. Why do you think they chose this time to come out in the open?
1 Peter 1:10-20
When Peter speaks of prophets, he means the prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Moses, etc.) What guided these prophets? What two things did they point to? Whom were they serving?
This teaching did not originate with Peter. He was with Jesus after the resurrection and before his return to heaven. Here is what Jesus taught Peter and the other disciples concerning the Old Testament.
Luke 24:46 … This is what is written [in the Old Testament]: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Now that Peter’s readers have received the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how are they called to live in response? Who do they imitate? Who do they now belong to? What was our purchase price?
Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33 The Writer Stands in for Judah
Compare verses 1-9 of Chapter 3 with the first two Chapters of Job. What is the principal difference?
How would you describe the great shift of attitude beginning in verse 19ff? Can you see another parallel with Job? How is hope rekindled beginning in verse 31? Can you see a difference between the LORD’s attitude in Chapter 2 and here (vv. 31-33)?