Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, April 6, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 104

Prayer Point. This psalm celebrates God as both the creator and sustainer of all life. Meditate on what that means and thank God not only for his creation, but for the fact that he sustains our lives every day.

John 16:16-33

Background. Jesus, speaking of his death and resurrection, tells his disciples that “in a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me”.  The disciples are clearly confused by Jesus’ statement, so Jesus offers this explanation …

Pay close attention to …

  • How the disciples’ joy will coincide or not coincide with the world’s (humanity which was still lost in sin and did not accept Jesus) joy.
  • The comparison between the disciples’ experience and childbirth.  What is the joy that makes the pain worth it?
  • How will the relationship between the disciples and God the Father change for the better after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • The two reasons why God the Father loves Jesus’ disciples.
  • What the disciples come to believe at last.
  • Why the disciples should not be afraid of the troubles they will experience in the world.

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 4:13-31

Introduction to Acts 2-4

Background.  Peter and John have been dragged before the rulers, elders and teachers of  Jewish Law because they had healed a crippled man and attributed the miracle to Jesus whom they had crucified, but God had raised from the dead.

Peter, emboldened by the Holy Spirit, repeats his claim: the Jesus they crucified, has been raised from the dead by God the Father.

An impromptu prayer meeting takes place after Peter’s release with the disciples praying through Psalm 2 together (Acts 4:25-26).

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the religious leaders are shocked by Peter and John and to what they attribute their courage.
  • Why they are unable to discredit and punish Peter and  John.
  • How Peter and John respond to their warning to stop preaching the resurrection of Jesus.
  • How the disciples connect Psalm 2, which was written hundreds of years earlier, to their current situation.
  • What the church prays for. Why they ask for more miracles and how God responds.

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)

Isaiah 25:1-9

Background. In Isaiah Chapter 24 he speaks of destruction, ruined cities, the earth’s inhabitants being burned up, heaven’s floodgates are opened, all merrymakers groan… you get the idea. — “See, the LORD is going to lay waste to the earth and devastate it …” (Isaiah 24:1a NIV)

Amid all this Isaiah praises the LORD.

Pay close attention to …

  • The city (v. 2 )
  • What the LORD is doing (vv. 3-6 )
  • The shroud (v. 7 )
  • Death (v. 8 )*
  • Tears (v. 8 )
  • What the people will say (v. 9 )

*Paul reaches to Isaiah in his letter to the Corinthians: “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:54 NIV)

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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