Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, March 3, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 93

Prayer Point. We saw the destructive power of the sea stirred by Hurricane Sandy’s winds as it brought the wealthiest city in the world to its knees. The ancients knew no greater power than the fury of a stormy sea, and yet God is greater still.  Imagine how we might live if we believed this.  Confess your fears to God and pray that the Holy Spirit will remind of God’s power.

Mark 5:1-20

Background. The Gerasenes was not only “the other side of the lake” (Sea of Galilee) it was also the other side of the tracks. Jesus has left the Jewish world and entered a community of Gentiles. You might notice that there are herds of pigs in this region. No God-fearing Jew would ever raise pigs and very few Jews would have traveled to this region, but Jesus sails across the lake to save one demon-possessed Gentile man.

Pay close attention to …

  • Where the demon-possessed man lived and what his life was like before he met Jesus.
  • The demons’ name and its significance.
  • The demons’ response to Jesus’ mere presence and what it says about His power and authority.
  • How the people of the region respond to Jesus’ miracle.
  • Why Jesus refuses to allow the healed man to leave with him.
  • How the people of Decapolis respond to the healed man (verse 20).

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 Corinthians 6:12-20

Background. 1 Corinthians is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth; a church that Paul established (see Acts 18 for that story). The Corinthian church was a vibrant church that believed the gospel of Jesus and was full of gifted people. The trouble was they were divided and they were also lax when it came to sexuality.  It is the latter that Paul addresses in today’s reading.

Pay close attention to …

  • The difference between something being permissible and beneficial.  Are there some permissible things that you should avoid and for what reason?
  • For whom our bodies are meant for and what they are not be used for.
  • How our bodies are connected to Christ.
  • What is true if we connect our bodies with a prostitute.  What happens to the body of Christ? What happens to our relationship with the prostitute? How does this challenge your view of sex?
  • What we should do when we are tempted by sexual immorality.
  • How our bodies are connected to the Holy Spirit.
  • Why our bodies don’t belong to us.  Who purchased us and how we live in response to that truth.

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)

Jeremiah 6:9-15

Background. The Lord is going to rebuke Jerusalem and there is no stopping him now.  We have to remember that the Lord has put up this insolence from the Jews now for well over 600 years.  The whining and bellyaching of the Jews began to be recorded during the time of Moses (who had his own troubles with them).  Fundamentally, the issue is always the same: idolatry.  They had been told by God that the evil in the Promised Land was that the current inhabitants were idolaters.  That was the principal reason the Hebrews were told to kill even women and children as they made their way through that whole land.  So idolatry and false gods was the constant snare to the Jews.   And so it continues …

Pay close attention to …

  • How the people view the word of God when presented to them (v. 10 )
  • Who is the object of the wrath of God as described in verse 11
  • Who are greedy and who practice deceit (v. 13 )
  • What the people say when there is no peace (v. 14 )
  • How the people bear their shame (v. 15 )

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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