Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 55

Prayer Point. What are you afraid of in this world? What concerns do you carry with you every day? The opposite of living in perpetual fear is a life of continual prayer. Try praying throughout the day.  Put this verse into practice: “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”

John 12:27-36

Background. In today’s reading we see a glimpse of Jesus’ humanity. He is troubled by the cross that looms in his future. The crowds listening to him are troubled as well but for a different reason.  They understand that the Son of Man, which was one of the titles of the Messiah, was to rule an eternal kingdom (see Daniel 7:13-14). How could he die if he were going to reign forever?

Pay close attention to …

  • What is so important to Jesus that he is willing to suffer the cross.
  • How the Father responds to Jesus’ willingness to give him glory.
  • What will happen when Jesus, the Son of Man, is lifted up (crucified). Look at both verse 31 and 32.
  • How the crowd responds to the idea of the Son of Man dying and why.
  • What Jesus exhorts the people to do while they still have the light (himself) and why.

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)

Philippians 4:1-13

Background. Paul, in yesterday’s reading (Philippians 3:15-21), explains what it means to stand firm in the Lord.  It is a life focused on Christ and the eternal hope of heaven rather than earthly things such as our cravings, money, career or the economy. We know that these things will come and go, but if our hearts are fixed on the eternal hope that Christ offers, our dreams will never be dashed to the ground.

With their feet firmly planted on the ground, Paul exhorts the Philippians to a live a life consistent with their faith.  He leaves us with a distinct life pattern.

Pay close attention to …

  • What Paul has to say about: the manner we treat others, anxiety and prayer, when we are to rejoice and what should occupy our minds.
  • Why Paul is thankful for the Philippians and yet does not need them.  What has he learned?

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 17:5-10; 14-17

Background. The opening description of Chapter 17 is chilling: “Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.”  The LORD goes on to point out that these people have no difficulty in “remembering” the idols and false gods and teaching them to their children, but they cannot seem to remember the LORD or his commandments and certainly could not have impressed their importance on their children, because they didn’t.  (Remember Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

Pay close attention to …

  • “The one who trusts in man” (v. 5 )
  • The one who trusts in the LORD (v. 7 )
  • Verse 9
  • Jeremiah’s perseverance (vv. 14-17 )

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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