Daily Bible Readings – Saturday July 21, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 32

Prayer Point: Secret sin is burden that saps our strength. Why suffer, if through Christ, our sins are forgiven and our sins are covered? Confess your sins to God today. Rejoice in his forgiveness. Submit yourself to him and allow him to teach you the way you should go.

Matthew 26:26-35

The setting of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples before his crucifixion was the Jewish feast of Passover. The parallels are striking. The first Passover was celebrated the night before God liberated his people from Egypt by striking down the first born of Egypt. This Passover is celebrated the night before God liberated us from slavery to sin and death by striking down his own Son.

In the first Passover, unleavened bread was eaten and cups of wine were drunk. Who is the bread and the wine in the Passover meal Jesus celebrates with his disciples?

For what purpose is the blood of Christ poured out? When will Jesus drink the cup again with his disciples?

What prediction does Jesus make of his disciples? What promise does Jesus give them despite the cowardice that is to come that very night? How does Peter respond to Jesus’ prophecy? How do you think Jesus would have wanted Peter to respond? Give that some thought.

Romans 13:1-7

How are Christians called to relate to the governments they live under?  Why?  Do you think this includes corrupt and oppressive governments?  Remember that the Christians lived under the brutal Roman Empire as you think about how Paul’s teaching could be applied to today.

Joshua 6:1-14             Joshua vs. Jericho

The LORD encourages Joshua onward with the words: “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.” (Joshua 6:1 NIV)  The LORD’s timing may be a little off; he is speaking in the past tense and the battle has yet to happen.  What kind of preparation is Joshua told to make?  (Joshua is told to march his army around the city once each day for six days.  The priests are to accompany them carrying the ark of the covenant.  Also in this retinue were to be seven (!) priests as trumpeters of rams’ horns.)

The Lord loves the seventh day.  What crescendo of events has the Lord planned for Jericho on this seventh day?  (“On the seventh day, march around the city seven times with the priests blowing the trumpets.  When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” (Joshua 6:4b-5 NIV))

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