Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday

Prayer Psalm: 102

Prayer Point. The scriptures command us to rejoice with those rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. This psalm is a prayer for those who sick, nearing the end of their life or just in a place of deep sadness and despair.  Think of one person who is in this place and pray Psalm 102 on their behalf.

John 17:1-11

Background. In John chapter 17 we are given the rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation between Jesus the Son of God and God the Father.  This prayer was offered in the Garden of Gethsemane moments before his betrayal and arrest.  It affords us a glimpse into the love the Father and Son shared for each other.

The word “glorify” will appear numerous times in Jesus’ prayer.  To glorify someone is to make them known to others so that they may be loved and worshiped.

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus prays for himself (verses 1-5). What Jesus has done for his Father and how he brought glory to his Father.  What Jesus asks his Father to do for him. The authority the Father gave to Jesus. How we benefit from Jesus’ authority.  The nature of eternal life.
  • Jesus prays for his disciples, “those [God the Father] gave me out of the world” (verses 6-11). To whom the disciples first belonged and to whom they were given. What Jesus gave his disciples and how the disciples responded. What Jesus asks his Father to do for his disciples 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)

1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32

Background. Today is Maundy (Holy) Thursday the Christian holiday that commemorates the Last Supper Jesus celebrated with his disciples on the night he was betrayed; the night before his crucifixion.  The Last Supper is celebrated by Christians all other the world. It is called the Lord’s Supper, communion or Eucharistic (which means “thanksgiving”). Today’s readings in 1 Corinthians discuss the significance of the bread and cup of the Last Supper and our present day   observance of communion.

Pay close attention to …

  • The connection between the cup of thanksgiving and the bread to the blood and body of Christ and its implications for us as Christians (10:14-17).
  • Why God judges harshly those who eat the bread and drink the cup of communion in an unworthy manner.

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 20:7-11

Background. “Jeremiah then returned from Topheth [probably an overcrowded cemetery (from ESV Study Bible Notes p. 1409)] where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the LORD’s temple and said to all the people, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Listen!  I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.” ‘”   (Jeremiah 19:14-15)

When word of this gets out “the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the chief officer in the temple of the LORD…“ had Jeremiah put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the LORD’s temple.  He will be confined in the stocks for one day.  Jeremiah is winning no popularity contest in Jerusalem.  Actually Jeremiah does Pashhur one better: he prophesies that Pashhur and all his family will witness the fall of Jerusalem and the attendant carnage and then be carried off to Babylon and will die there.

Naturally, Jeremiah has a complaint about his current situation…

Pay close attention to …

  • How alone Jeremiah feels (v. 7 )
  • The cost of faithfulness (vv. 8-9 )
  • What the people plan against Jeremiah (v. 10 )
  • The LORD being true to his word (v 11 )

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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