Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, February 10, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 19

Prayer Point. There are two things that move David in this psalm to worship God: the heavens with its sun, moon and stars and his law that guides us in the path of a full and satisfying life. Get outside and meditate on the glory of the night sky. Spend some time reading his word and allow them to move you to worship.

John 8:12-19

Background. Jesus revealed himself in a series of important “I am” statements that are recorded in the gospel of John (see John 6:35; 6:51; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). In today’s reading he declares “I am the light of the world.”

You will notice that the Pharisees challenge Jesus’ authority on two grounds: the identity of his witnesses and the identity of his father. Jewish Law, in which the Pharisees were regarded as experts, required that all testimony needed to be confirmed by two or three witnesses in order to be considered valid.

Second, you might remember that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit before his mother, Mary, married Joseph. Jesus’ detractors are questioning the legitimacy of his birth by asking, “who is your father?”

Pay close attention to …

  • What Jesus being the light of the world” means for those who follow him.
  • The witnesses which Jesus appeals to in validating his testimony.
  • How Jesus handles the question of the identity of his Father.

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)

1 John 2:3-11

Background. 1 John is a letter written by the Apostle John who was part of Jesus’ inner circle of three disciples. He also authored the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation. John was known as “Boanerges” or a “son of thunder” in his younger years, but this letter was written later in his life and it is saturated with love not only for God but also for his neighbor.

Pay close attention to …

  • The connection John makes between knowing God and obeying him.
  • What marks someone as truly being in God or in the light (see verses 6, 9-11)

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 57:14-21

Background. If there is one message in all of Isaiah it is that God will raise up the humble and those of a contrite heart. God’s people have to be reminded time and again to return to him. They are most desirous of having a god whom they can see, handle, and manipulate. How can the people be made to see how deep their need for God is? This problem still plagues us today. “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes so you can see.” (Revelation 3:17-18 NIV) Our comfort can easily blind us to our needs so that we are, in fact, wretched. Here in Isaiah 57 the Lord does not want us to lose hope and to give up but rather to turn and to seek him. “I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me…” (Isaiah 57:16 NIV)

Pay close attention to …

  • Who is speaking (v. 15)
  • Who lives with the “high and lofty One” (v. 15 )
  • Why God will not accuse nor be angry forever (v. 16 )
  • What enrages “the high and lofty One” (v. 17 )
  • What the Lord did to the greedy one (v. 1 7)
  • The greedy one’s response to the Lord (v. 1 7)
  • On whose lips will the Lord be creating praise (v.19 )
  • The wicked (vv. 20-21 )

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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