Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 39

Prayer Point. “Each man’s life is but a breath … he bustles about, but only in vain, he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.” Through David’s eyes we see a true perspective of the world. The question is: will we bury ourselves in more busyness and wealth-building or will we take our emptiness to God? If you are ready to go to God use verses 7-13 to guide your prayer.

John 1:19-28

Background. In yesterday’s reading, we were introduced to John the Baptist who was sent by God the Father to testify to us concerning the Word of God who is Jesus Christ. One thing that is helpful to remember is that the word ‘Christ’ is not Jesus’ last name but his title. ‘Christ’ is the Greek word for ‘Messiah’, the anointed king that God promised in the Old Testament to restore peace, justice and prosperity by establishing God’s kingdom on the earth forever.

The crowds wonder at John the Baptist’s identity asking if he is either the Christ (Messiah), Elijah or the Prophet. Some believed that Elijah the Prophet would return prior to the Messiah’s coming. The Prophet refers a figure Moses promised would come after him (see Deuteronomy 18:15).

Pay close attention to …

  • How John identifies himself and his mission. 
  • How he sees himself in comparison to Christ.

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)

Hebrews 2:1-10

Background. The Jews believed that the Law was authored by God, but delivered to Moses through angels (see verse 2). Consequently, messages delivered by angels were highly respected. The author in yesterday’s reading (Hebrews 1:1-14) demonstrated that Jesus was superior to the angels. If the Law of Moses, a message delivered by angels, should be heeded, how much more should we pay attention to a message from Jesus?

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the message of salvation should be listened to.
  • The extent of Jesus’ authority despite being “made a little lower than the angels” and why.
  • How Jesus was made perfect (see verse 10).

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)

Deuteronomy 6:16-25

Background. Moses wants the people to “remember” what they had been through and all that the Lord had done for them in delivering them from the Egyptians. The problem: this was not the personal experience of all but three people alive at that time (Moses, Joshua and Caleb). All that the Lord had revealed to Moses was delivered to the next generation by word of mouth until such time as it was committed to scroll (paper). Here the people are admonished or greatly encouraged to keep in memory all that had transpired among Israel from the time they were in Egypt to the current time. They were to remember both the good and the bad; exhorted to do the good and eschew the bad: “Do not test the Lord your God as you did at Massah.” (Deuteronomy 6:16 NIV)

[“The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. The camped at Rephidim, but there was no water to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’

“Moses replied, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?’

“But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, ‘Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?’

“Then Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.’

“The Lord answered Moses, ‘Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’ So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” (Exodus 17:1-7 NIV)]

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the people must do what is right in the Lord’s sight (v. 18 )
  • What happens to the enemies (v. 19 )
  • What “your son asks you” (v. 20 )
  • What you are to tell your son (v. 21 )
  • What the Lord did in Egypt (v.22 )
  • What the Lord did for Israel (v. 23 )
  • Why the Lord commanded obedience (v. 24 )
  • What obedience to the Law would bring (v. 25 )

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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