Daily Bible Readings – Friday, April 5, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 118

Prayer Point. Psalm 118 is a song of praise welcoming the Messiah, the Savior, to the city of Jerusalem. It’s true meaning was not realized until the crowds sang it as Jesus rode peacefully into Jerusalem on his way to the cross. Praise God today because when we cried out for help, he sent Jesus to die for our sins. Give him thanks and remember that  because of Jesus’ righteousness his love to us endures forever.

John 16:1-15

Background. Jesus will soon die, rise from the dead and return to his Father and leave his disciples here on earth.  The world will treat these men in the same way they treated Jesus because they will be spreading his message. In other words, there is trouble ahead and Jesus does not want them to caught unawares.

Pay close attention to …

  • What two things men will do to the disciples and why.
  • The good that will come from Jesus’ return to his Father.
  • The Counselor’s (Holy Spirit’s) mission to the world (fallen humanity) and what he will do for the disciples.
  • Who owns what belongs to God the Father.  What the Holy Spirit will do with what belongs to Jesus the Son.

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 4:1-12

Introduction to Acts 2-4

Background. The Sadducees were religious leaders who had the favor of the Romans and were given power to control the temple, its priests and the temple guard.  They would have been disturbed by Peter and John for several reasons.  First, they did not believe in resurrection. They believed that ideas such as an afterlife would embolden the people to revolt against the Romans and thus risk a bloody crackdown. Second, the Sadducees were one of the groups which engineered the crucifixion of Jesus.

Peter and John have just healed a man who was born crippled and attributed the miracle to the power of Jesus who had been crucified, but was now alive.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the Sadducees throw Peter and John into prison.
  • What happens as a result of the miracle of chapter 3 (see verse 4 and compare to Acts 2:41).
  • Days earlier Peter had denied Christ three times (see Luke 24:54-62), why are things different this time as Peter stands before the high priest (see verse 8).
  • Peter’s explanation of the miracle; what it says about Jesus; what is says about the door to salvation.

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)

Daniel 2:1-4, 13

Background. Daniel is one of those biblical characters who is easy to admire and like.  He went into captivity (to Babylon) at a very early age and lived a good long life though he died also in captivity.  Still, he was so in touch with God that he was given the gift of interpretation of dreams not unlike Joseph’s of old.  This gift brought him some prominence he did not seek.  Most of what he interpreted involved kings, their deposition and their rising.  He had even interpreted a sign one night which told the king that he himself would be overthrown that very night and still the king sought to honor Daniel.  Daniel also had a wonderful vision of the “Son of Man” entering into his glory.  “Son of Man was a name Jesus often applied to himself (deliberately).
Toward the end of his life Daniel experienced dreams or visions which were to take place several hundred years after his death and some at the time of the end of the age.  We shall be looking at the latter.

Pay close attention to …

  • The ominous opening to Chapter 12
  • The hope (v. 1 )
  • Daniel’s view of resurrection (v. 2 )
  • “Those who lead many to righteousness” (v. 3 )
  • What Daniel is told to do with the words of the scroll (v. 4 )
  • Daniel’s assurance of salvation (v. 13 )

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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