Daily Bible Readings – Friday June 29, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 107

Prayer Point: “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107 gives us numerous examples of the love and faithfulness of God. Meditate on one of the examples that resonates with you and offer God a prayer of thanks.

Matthew 20:29-34

The Son of David was a title for the Messiah. The Jews believed that a descendent of King David would come and restore Israel’s kingdom and reign forever. What do the two blind men see in Jesus? What do they believe he can do for them? What do these two men do when they receive their sight?

Romans 5:12-21

Paul now introduces us to Jesus  as the “Second Adam.” The first Adam was the father of the human race, the first human being created by God. Jesus, the second Adam, will be the father of a new redeemed human race.

What entered the world through the first Adam? How did Adam’s sin affect all of humanity that came after him? What did the second Adam bring to all of humanity in contrast?

Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man (first Adam) the many _________________________________________.
so also through the obedience of the one man (second Adam) the many _________________________________________.

In verse twenty, God gives the law to the sinful descendents of the first Adam. What affect does the law have on them? What does God’s grace do in response? What does God’s grace bring us?

Numbers 20:1-13          The Death of Miriam and Water from the Rock

Who is Miriam?  (Miriam was Moses’ sister.) (See Numbers 26:59)

Where did she die?  (Miriam died in the Desert (or wilderness) of Zin in Kadesh.)

We as Christians say in the Lord’s Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11)  What is this next crisis Moses must face?  (The people are again complaining – this time it’s about water again.  I don’t know the time-frame between Chapter 16 and Chapter 20 but I don’t think it could be so long as to dim the memory.  Twice during the time of Chapter 16 the LORD threatens the people with extinction but for Moses’ intervention.  It is rather clear that the people don’t want to depend daily on the LORD because that dependence strips them of their control (or power) over their lives.  We forget that in a very real sense we are dependent not on a daily basis but on a minute to minute basis – I’m thinking of the very air we breathe.  The overriding message we, as Christians, are missing is that God wants us to depend on him all of the time.  I don’t suspect we are any better than the hapless Hebrews stuck in the wilderness. – j.t.)

In what month does all this take place?  (All this takes place in the first month of the Jewish year, April.)

What feast is celebrated in the first month of the year? (The Passover is celebrated in the first month.)

Why is it significant that the Passover be celebrated especially at this time?  (It is significant because the Passover is celebrated to remember all that the Israelites had suffered at the hands of the Egyptians.  It is significant because all the works of God were done to show the Israelites that he would take care of them and lead them from slavery.)

Okay, so the people are complaining about a lack of water.  What does the LORD tell Moses to do to correct the situation?  (“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together.  Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water.  You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” (Numbers 20:7-8 NIV)  This scene was so significant that Paul referred to it in 1 Corinthians: “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.  They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.  (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 NIV))

How well does Moses execute the command of the LORD in getting the water from the rock?   (Moses doesn’t do very well in the execution.  He allows his anger to dictate his behavior.  “‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock.’  Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock [not speak to the rock] twice with his staff.  Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.” (Numbers 20:10b-11 NIV))

What are the “waters of Meribah”?  (You may need to look at a footnote: the waters of quarreling.)

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