Daily Bible Readings – Friday, February 15, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 35

Prayer Point. There are two ways we can respond to injustice.  We can seek vengeance, or, as Psalm 35 encourages us, leave matters of justice in God’s hands. Where do you see injustice in our world? Lift the victims of this injustice up to God in prayer and ask him to rescue them.

John 1:35-42

Background. The lamb of God was an important symbol in the Law of Moses. God required an unblemished lamb to be sacrificed so that the sins of the people could be forgiven. In today’s reading we find that the true lamb of God is an actual person.

Pay close attention to …

  • Whom John identifies as the Lamb of God.
  • How John’s two disciples react to his declaration.
  • The first thing that Andrew does as new follower of Jesus.
  • How Andrew describes Jesus to Peter.
  • Simon’s new name and its significance (Peter means ‘rock’. See also Matthew 16:18)

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 2:1-15

Background. Titus, who was a member of Paul’s missionary team, has been left behind on Crete to strengthen the churches that Paul established. Titus’ mission is to select elders for these churches and to teach the people how to live their lives according to Jesus’ gospel (sound doctrine).

Pay close attention to …

  • What living according to sound doctrine looks like for: older women, older men, younger women, younger men, and slaves.
  • Why it is important to for the Christian on Crete to live good and holy lives (see verses 7-8, 10)
  • What teaches us to say no to ungodliness and shows us how to live godly lives.

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 7:12-16

Background. This section of Chapter 7 will discuss the benefits of being faithful to God’s covenant. Here Moses outlines one blessing after another, I suppose, in an effort better to encourage the people to adherence. “If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers.” It really sounds so simple but as time will tell, simple is the least of it. For some reason it became very important for the Israelites to “see” their God just as their neighbors could see theirs. Later this same attitude will cause the people to reject their God as their king and insist on one from among their own. Samuel explains the high cost of having a king in 1 Samuel Chapter 8:
“But the people refused to listen to Samuel. ‘No!’ they said. ‘We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.'” (1 Samuel 8:19-20) I guess the Lord’s defeat of the Egyptians had, by then, faded from memory. What were they celebrating the Passover for? This is exactly why it is so important that the message from God is imparted to each generation. Everyone’s experience of God will be unique.

Pay close attention to …

  • How the Lord will bless those faithful to his covenant (vv. 7:13-15 )
  • The dictate in verse 7:16

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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