Daily Bible Readings – Friday, November 30, 2012

Prayer Psalm: 140

Prayer Point: This psalm is a prayer of the oppressed asking God for the justice that is too often denied to the poor and the needy. Pray this psalm on behalf of an oppressed person or group of people, but keep this in mind: God, not us executes judgment. We would deserve this same judgment had Jesus no died for our sins. Pray also that oppressors will also come to faith in Jesus Christ so that they will receive the same forgiveness we have received.

Luke 19:28-40

How does Jesus demonstrate his kingly authority in the way the donkey was secured for his entry into Jerusalem

Jesus fulfills the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 of the Messiah riding into Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey. Kings rode horses into battle, but donkeys in peacetime.

What message is Jesus sending to Jerusalem by riding on a donkey?

Who is in the crowd? Why are they so excited?

The Pharisees are worried that talk of a Jewish king will arose the suspicions of the Romans and so they order Jesus to silence his disciples. Why do you think Jesus refuses to silence his disciples?

Romans 15:7-13

The Roman church was an eclectic mix of people. Some had been raised as pious Jews well versed in Jewish Law and Tradition and familiar with the Old Testament. Others were Gentiles and lived the immoral lifestyle of a Roman pagan. Needless to say there was a culture clash in this church.

How were the Jewish and Gentile Christians called to relate to each other? How is Jesus’ treatment of us the pattern for how we are to treat others?

It was difficult for Jewish Christians in Rome to view their Gentile brothers as their equals. Gentiles knew less of the Bible. They did not follow the Jewish law and consequently were viewed as morally loose. How would the Jewish believers’ love for their Gentile brothers and sisters fulfill God’s purposes?

In verses 9-12 Paul quotes the Jewish Scriptures (the Psalms and the prophet Isaiah). What was God’s purpose all along for the Gentiles? One thing that may be helpful to know is that the “Root of Jesse” in verse 12 is a reference to Jesus.

The miracle of the early church was that through the gospel of Jesus Christ, the dividing wall that had existed between Jew and Gentile was destroyed. In the church there was one people of God made of up Jew and Gentile and that demonstrated to the world the reconciling power of the gospel.

Zechariah 14:1-11

What is happening in verses :1-2? (It appears that the LORD is going to muster many armies to Jerusalem to meet them in battle. Alas for them this will not be a good day.)

What happens when the LORD “touches down”? (“On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.” (Zechariah 14:4 NIV))

Describe the day and the events taking place. (“On that day there will be no light, no cold of frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime — a day known to the Lord. When evening comes, there will be light. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord and his name the only name.” (Zechariah 14:6-9 NIV) [Compare this with Revelation Chapters 21 and 22.])

“Jerusalem will be secure.” (Zechariah 14:11 NIV)

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