Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 96

Prayer Point:   New songs, such as this psalm, were sung when God’s people experienced God’s salvation in a new way.  This psalm has all creation getting into the act of worshiping God for who he is and what he has done.  Join the chorus by picking a few things in Psalm 96 that resonate with you and offer God your own psalm of praise.

John 9:1-17

Jesus arrives in Bethany four days after the death of his friend Lazarus. By all appearances He has come too late to save his friend.

What does Martha already believe about the resurrection of the dead and about Jesus even before Lazarus is brought back to life?

The blind man’s healing revealed Christ to be the “light of the world” (see John 9:3-6). The raising of Lazarus from the dead will reveal Jesus to be ________________________ (see John 11:25).

Acts 15:1-11

As the gospel spreads beyond Judea and Samaria and to the Gentiles, the Christians in Jerusalem and Judea become increasingly nervous about the direction of the church. Finally the tensions reach their boiling point when elders from the church in Judea arrive in Antioch …

What do these teachers from Judea teach the Gentile Christians in Antioch? Who opposes them? How does the church decide to resolve the issue? What is the issue at stake? What do you think would have happened had they gotten this wrong?

Who gets up to defend Paul, Barnabas, and the uncircumcised Christians? What event does he point to demonstrating that God has accepted the Gentiles without circumcision? See Acts 10:1-11:18.

Job 31:1-23  – Job continues to pour his heart out to God

According to Job, “what is a man’s lot from God above”? (“Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong”. (Job 31:2 NIV))

What does Job offer to those who can show that he is not “righteous”. (i.e., “Let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless. (Job 31:6 NIV)) (Job offers what he has, that his crops be uprooted if anyone can find fault in him. Remember, at this point Job is virtually destitute – he has nothing. This may only be a gesture – he has nothing to lose.)

Job then spends then next few verses discussing all that he had done for those less fortunate than himself. He reminds us that both he and those less fortunate were formed by God. He implies that attending to the poor and needy was his personal responsibility. Ultimately, what is Job’s fear (dread)? (“For I dreaded destruction from God and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.” (Job 31:23 NIV))

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