Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, September 1, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 117

Prayer Point:   Think about your family, your workplace, your town and the missions projects we have around the world. Take some time today to pray that people in each of these spheres will be awakened to the love of God expressed in Christ and become worshipers of God.

John 8:12-20

The Gospel of John records a series of important “I am” statements made by Jesus (see John 6:35; 6:51; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). In today’s reading he declares “I am the light of the world.” How is Jesus the light of the world according to verse 12?

Jewish Law did not admit testimony without two or three witnesses corroborating the story. The Pharisees demand to know the identity of the witnesses who will backup Jesus’ claim.

Why doesn’t Jesus need to the support of other witnesses? Who is Jesus’ other witness?

The question, “who is your father?” is meant as an insult. The prevailing thought was that Jesus was illegitimate and not conceived by the Holy Spirit. Why don’t the Pharisees know Jesus’ Father?

Acts 11:1-18

Why do the circumcised believers criticize Peter? How does Peter explain his actions? What surprising conclusion do the Judean Christians draw from Peter’s story? You have to remember that for 1500 years, being saved meant that you became a full member of God’s people, the nation of Israel, following its laws and customs. Here the church sees the Holy Spirit living in the hearts of uncircumcised people whom they regarded as unclean.

Job 10:1-9, 16-22 – Job is still on a roll

Job is frustrated with God because of his affliction. What does he want to know from God as stated in verse two of this chapter? (“…but tell me what charges you have against me.” (Job 10:2 NIV))

What are the rhetorical questions Job then asks of God? (“Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees? Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a man, that you must search out my faults and prove after my sin – though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?” (Job 10:4-7 NIV))

How does Job put the ball in God’s court? (Job asks God more questions as to his own reasons for bringing him into existence. “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?” (Job 10:8-9 NIV))

Given all that Job has gone through, what is his lament in Chapter 10? (“Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.” (Job 10:18 NIV) Job continues but it only gets worse. Jesus only approaches this subject once but not about himself: “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would have been better for him if he had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24 NIV))

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