Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, February 14, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 37

Prayer Point. Anger at the unpunished evil in our world can easily derail our spiritual lives. Psalm 37 calls us to respond differently. Pray for the faith to: trust and commit your life to God, delight yourself in him, be still before him, wait patiently for him, to do good to those who do evil and have compassion on the wicked who will perish if they don’t return to God.

John 1:29-34

Background. In Jewish Law, the people’s sins were transferred to a perfect lamb and the animal was sacrificed to God as a sin offering. John has this imagery in mind as he fulfills his life mission to point Israel to their Messiah.

Pay close attention to …

  • How John identifies Jesus and his purpose.
  • The purpose of John’s baptism (see verse 31).
  • How John knew that Jesus was the Lamb of God.

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)

Titus 1:1-16

Background. Paul served as an apostle of Jesus Christ in that he was sent out by him to preach his message. In obedience to his call, Paul traveled throughout the Roman Empire, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ; he formed churches from among those who believed the message; helped the church establish itself before moving on to the next town to repeat the process. Paul did not minister alone but had a number of men and women who served alongside of him. Titus is one of those co-workers.

This letter was written following a mission campaign where Paul and Titus established new churches on the island of Crete. Paul will be moving on, but he leaves Titus behind to complete the work of developing leaders for these new churches so that they might be able to survive on their own.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Paul sees himself and his purpose.
  • His relationship with Titus. 
  • The reason Titus was left behind on Crete.
  • The positive and negative criteria Titus was given for choosing elders for the churches in Crete. 
  • How the criteria for selecting elders was related to their mission and the situation they faced in Crete.

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 7:6-11

Background. The opening of Chapter 7 is rather straight forward. Moses tells the Jews they are to go into the land and destroy the “seven nations larger and stronger than you”. The Israelites are to make no treaties with them nor to intermarry with them. Further they are to destroy any and all traces of the false gods and idols in the land.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the Israelites are to do all this (v. 7:6 )
  • What made the Israelites so special (v. 7:8 )
  • What’s so special about God (v. 7:9 )
  • What’s in store to those who hate God (v. 7:10 )

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)

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