Prayer Psalm: 48
Prayer Point: In Revelation 21 there is a vision of God’s city descending out of heaven to earth. That is where all of history is headed. God living forever with his people. That same dream is sung in this psalm. Don’t hide from the pain you will see today, but pray that in the midst of it all, you will not lose sight of this dream. Rather than despairing, pray: “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus has just claimed to God, not only with his words (see John 10:30) but also with miracles (see John 10:25, 32). How does the crowd respond and why? Death by stoning was the punishment for blasphemy according to the Old Testament.
The Jews had waited for centuries to see the face of God and now that he is among them, they don’t recognize him. To be fair, we wouldn’t recognize him either. We have been too busy creating God in our own image, that when he showed himself, he would not match our preconceived notions of him. What evidence is offered to the crowds that proves that Jesus is who he says he is? Why do you think the crowds are unable to kill Jesus? Why do some believe?
Where did Paul and Barnabas go first when they reach Iconium? Compare their approach to Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 10:7-14 and Paul’s declaration in Romans 1:16. What are the results of Paul and Barnabas’ effective preaching? Why do they move on? (see Mark 6:8-11)
What is the unexpected response to the crippled man’s healing? How do the people of Lystra misidentify Paul and Barnabas? How do Paul and Barnabas respond to the prospect of being worshiped? The crowds listening to Paul and Barnabas are Gentiles, people who were unfamiliar with Jewish customs, Scripture and traditions. What do you notice about the way Paul communicates the message of Jesus to the crowds? How are the themes in Paul’s sermon different from what he communicated to Jewish audiences? Compare this sermon to Acts 13:13-41.
Job 29:1-20 – Remembering God’s favor.
What does Job re-state here in verse 2 which we saw in verse 2 of Chapter 12? (“I am not inferior to you.”)
What is Job’s desire? (Job wants to argue his case directly to God.)
Of what does Job accuse his “friends”? (“You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!” (Job 13:4 NIV))
What is Job’s definition of wisdom for his “friends”? (“If you would be altogether silent! For you that would be wisdom.” (Job 13:5 NIV))
What accusatory questions does Job ask of his “friends” about God? (“Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him?” (Job 13:7 NIV))
According to Job, showing partiality to God is akin to what? (God would see showing him partiality as being deceitful.)
What question does Job ask his “friends” which you would not want turned on you? (“Would it turn out well if he [God] examined you? (Job 13:9 NIV))
What does Job warn his “friends” if they secretly showed partiality to God? (“He [God] would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.” Job 13:10 NIV))
What is Job’s response to his own question: “Keep silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may. Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?” (Job 13:13-14 NIV) (“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…” (Job 13:15 NIV))
What does Job say about “no godless man”? (“Indeed, this might turn out for my deliverance, for no godless man would dare come before him! (Job 13:16 NIV))
Job turns his attention to God next. What charge does Job bring before God? (“Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.” (Job 13:22 NIV))
It is clear that Job wants to have an encounter with the LORD. What challenge does Job present to the LORD? (“How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin.” (Job 13:23 NIV) I don’t think I would tempt the LORD so recklessly!)
Job acknowledges that the LORD keeps a close watch on his [Job’s] goings-on. (Job 13:26-27)