Daily Bible Readings – Saturday May 12, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 75

Prayer Point: When we look at the choas and injustice of the world it is easy to conclude that God is either weak or uncaring. Psalm 75 invites us to think again. It is God who “holds the pillars of the earth firm” and “brings one [leader] down and exalts another.” Pray for the faith to believe this so that we can live patiently waiting for God’s justice and not life lives of fear and anger.

Matthew 7:13-21

Jesus sees only two paths through life. One leads to eternal life, the other leads to eternal destruction.
What is it that makes the Christian life, ‘the road to life,’ a ‘narrow road’; and the ‘road to destruction’ a ‘wide road’?

Prophets had a prominent teaching role in the early days of the church, delivering messages from God . The trouble was, how could you tell a true prophet from a false prophet? What is it that differentiates a false prophet from a true prophet? What sort of ‘fruit’ should they be looking for?

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

You might have noticed that Paul’s relationship with the Thessalonian church is not a one way street. What two things does he ask them to pray on his behalf? How does Paul pray for them?

Verses 6-15 contain some final instructions as the letter draws to a close. What example has Paul set for the Thessalonians that he expects them follow? What sin are they to avoid? What should be done with fellow believers who refuse to heed Paul’s warning? What is the purpose of such treatment?

Leviticus 23:23-44             The Feasts of the LORD (Part Two)

Chapter 23 goes into greater detail regarding the feasts of the LORD which occur in the seventh month (that would correspond with our September – October.) The Feast of Trumpets: the Jewish New Year. Since there were no written calendars rampant throughout Israel a system was developed to announce the beginning of the month. The system chosen upon was that of announcing the new month with the blasts of the trumpet. However, in the seventh month, this was to be a sacred celebration which was launched by a gathering of the sacred assembly. So the first day of the seventh month was to be a Sabbath to the LORD. Today we know this day as Rosh Hashanah.

What is next on the agenda for the seventh month (see verses 26-32)? (The next big event – perhaps the biggest in the year – is the “Day of Atonement”.)
How important does the LORD view this Day of Atonement? (“Do not work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. (Leviticus 23:28-32 NIV))

What day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement? (The Day of Atonement is to be celebrated on the tenth day of the seventh month. v. 26)
The Feast of Tabernacles can be described in two ways. Can you describe them? (The Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths) might be likened to a celebration at the harvest. The celebration begins with a sabbath of a solemn assembly and is marked by the people living in booths or tabernacles.)
What is the point of living in tents (or booths or tabernacles) for seven days? (“Live in booths for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt.” (Leviticus 23:42-43 NIV))

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