Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 78

Prayer Point. This prayer is about passing the knowledge of God on to the the next generation. Pray that our church will remember what God has done; not only in the Bible, but in our own lives. Pray that we will be faithful in sharing what God has done with the next generation, so they in turn will tell their children.

Mark 9:42-50

Background. Jesus often used strong language to call attention to serious problems. These suggestions are not meant to be followed literally, but to highlight the dangers of sin.

When Jesus refers to salt in verse 50 he has in mind salt’s preservative qualities.

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus’ attitude towards the destructive power of sin and the danger it presents to us.
  • Jesus’ understanding of hell.
  • What it means for us to be “salty” and how it impacts our relationships with others. The dangers of losing your saltiness.

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share.

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Background. Some of the most poignant literature are letters written from prison. We are fortunate to have Martin Luther King’s letters from the Birmingham Jail and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings from his final days in a Nazi Prison. This is one of those letters. Paul is a prisoner in Rome and he is about to die. He writes to a young man, Timothy, whom he personally trained and now leads the church in Ephesus. Timothy was raised up for this moment; to continue Paul’s work as his life comes to a close.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Paul understands his role in life. Note that ‘apostle’ means ‘one who is sent.’
  • The nature of Paul’s relationship with Timothy.
  • The gift that God gave Timothy and what he is to do with it.
  • Why Paul invites Timothy to be bold and join with him in suffering for Jesus.
  • What Timothy is asked to do with the training Paul gave him (verses 13-14).

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share.

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

Isaiah 52:1-12

Background. It will be good to keep in mind that Isaiah is telling of things yet to happen. First he declares that Babylonia will conquer Jerusalem and why. Here Isaiah is speaking of what happens after the period of discipline: the period after the captivity. As dismal as things are going to be (being led to Babylonia and to remain there for seventy years) they will improve after the time, of what I like to think of as, “purging” or cleansing. It had to happen that Judah be confronted with her sin. What was good for Israel (i.e., the Northern Kingdom) was equally good for Judah. The description of the better times is not unlike the Exodus from Egypt: “…for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” This was portrayed in the Exodus by the pillar of fire and the cloud of smoke as the Israelites progressed throughout the wilderness.

Pay close attention to …

  • The message of hope (v. 1 )
  • For how much Israel was sold (v. 3 )
  • For how much will Israel be redeemed (v. 3 )
  • Whose name is constantly blasphemed (v. 5 )
  • Who will know “my name” (v. 6 )
  • How God announces his arrival (v. 7 )
  • The reaction to the Lord’s coming to Jerusalem (v. 9 )
  • Who sees the “salvation of our God” (v. 10 )
  • How God’s people are to leave their captivity (v. 12 )

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share.

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

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