Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 115

Prayer Point. An idol is anything we trust for our security and significance outside of God. We all have them and without God’s intervention, we will become like the lifeless gods we serve. What idols have a hold on your heart? Confess them to God today and pray for the faith to believe that God will keep his promises and satisfy our souls.

John 15:1-11

Background. There are numerous passages in the Bible where God’s people are compared to a vine. Isaiah 5:1-7 is one such example. Jesus will offer us a new twist on a familiar theme using a vine to demonstrate his relationship with the Father and with us.

Pay close attention to …

  • The identity of the vine and the vine’s branches and what is says about our relationship with Jesus.
  • The identity of the gardener and what he does with the fruitful and unfruitful branches and why.
  • The tool God used to clean (prune) the disciples.
  • What makes a branch fruitful.
  • What one needs to remain in Jesus’ love.
  • How remaining in Jesus and his love mirrors the way Jesus remained in his Father’s love.
  • The benefit of remaining in the vine.

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)

Acts 3:1-10

Introduction to Acts 2-4

Background. It was thought that birth defects such as blindness and crippling were signs of divine judgment.  As we have seen with Jesus (see John 9) and now with Jesus’ disciples, physical ailments provide the backdrop to display God’s power and glory.

Pay close attention to …

  • What the beggar asks for and what Peter gives him instead.
  • How the miracle calls attention to Jesus.
  • The crowds’ reaction to the miracle.

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)

Micah 7:7-15

Background. At this point in Isaiah, Jerusalem is being menaced by the Assyrians and out of fear of them, the Israelites have sought refuge from (of all people) the Egyptians.  That, to the contrary notwithstanding, the LORD would have taken umbrage anyway simply because the Israelites did not seek him for the help they needed.  Think in terms of Our LORD’s resurrection and the benefits accrued to us because of it.  One of those is the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Pay close attention to …

  • The first word of verse 18
  • The word “gracious” in vv. 18, 19
  • The “voice behind you” (v. 21 )
  • What will be done to the idols without, as it were, prompting from God (v. 22 )

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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