Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 119:73-96

Prayer Point:   If God is the one who formed us, why shouldn’t his laws be the path to becoming fully human?  Pray that God will fill you with the same love for his law that filled the writer of Psalm 119. Pray that God will give you endurance as you struggle today to follow Jesus, who kept the law perfectly for us.

John 12:20-26

Pilgrims from all over the world jammed the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover including Gentiles (Greeks) who respected the Jewish faith. Some of these Greeks were also intrigued by Jesus and they ask to see him. They are right to be excited because it is the time for the Son of Man (a title that Jesus used to declare his divinity) to be glorified. There is a catch however. His path to the throne is an unusual one.

In what way will Jesus’ road to the throne be like a kernel of wheat? What is the harvest that Jesus speaks of? What is expected of Jesus’ followers? What is the reward for following Jesus?

Acts 16:16-24

When Paul and his companions first entered Philippi they were welcomed into Lydia’s home. But this welcome was not to last.  What did Paul and Silas do that turned the local merchants and government authorities against them? 

Job 42:1-17  – Job’ righteous repentance

What we did not discuss were verses 41:12-34 which outline in majestic detail all of God’s wonderful (and unforgettable) attributes. It is these attributes which drove Job to his knees (which is where I suspect he was) to repentance. How does Job describe his humility in this encounter? (“Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” (Job 42:3 NIV))

How does Job speak of his repentance? (“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6 NIV) Do you feel the same way about your need for repentance as Job does?)

What happens when the Lord turns his attention to Eliphaz and his two friends? [What about Elihu?] (It doesn’t look too good. “After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” (Job 42:7 NIV))

What does the LORD expect Eliphaz to do? (The LORD expects Eliphaz to have Job make a sacrifice to the LORD for him. This may bear the stamp of humiliation for Eliphaz and his two friends because of the tirades they brought upon Job. Eliphaz is to ask Job to sacrifice seven (!) bulls and seven (!) rams for him and his two friends. Job will be acting as a mediator in this matter before the LORD. (verse 42:8))

What promise does the LORD make to Eliphaz? (“My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” (Job 42:8b NIV))

What does the Lord do for Job as a reward for his “patience”? (“…the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10b NIV) The bible goes on to tell us that he gave to Job seven sons and three daughters [exactly what he had before this disaster] The interesting thing to note here about Job’s daughters: “…their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. This would have been most unusual at that time in the Middle East. “And so he died, old and full of years.” (Job 42:17 NIV))

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