Daily Bible Readings – Friday, April 26, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 51

Prayer Point. Doubt that God can forgive even the worst sins, then you need to read this psalm. David, the author, has just committed adultery and then murdered the husband to cover his crime and yet there is hope for him. How do we come clean when we sin? Use this psalm as your guide.

Luke 7:1-17

Background. Jesus performs two miracles for two very different people: a Roman Centurion and a widow.

Centurions were Roman army officers who commanded a force of 100 men.  The fact that the Jewish elders were willing to plead on behalf of an officer in the hated occupying army speaks volumes of this man’s character.

Widows without family had no means of financial support. Many were forced into prostitution or begging to avoid starvation. Many sons died in Jesus’ day but he chose to raise this particular widow’s son.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the Jewish elders plead on behalf of the centurion.
  • The faith of the centurion and why it impressed Jesus.
  • Jesus’ response to the widow and what it says about his heart.
  • The people’s reaction to the miracles.

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)

Colossians 3:1-11

Background. Paul’s teaching to the Colossians follows a pattern which scholars call the indicative and the imperative. In other words:

“this is who you because of Christ” (indicative)
“now become who you are (imperative)

Pay close attention to …

The indicative / imperative pattern in today’s reading.

Verse 1a: This is who you are because of Christ … _________________________________________
(Indicative)
Verse 1b, 2: Be who you are by … _______________________________________________
(Imperative)

Verses 3-4: This is who you are because of Christ … ______________________________________
(Indicative)
Verses 5-11: Be who you are by …___________________________________________
(Imperative. What do you put to death? What do you put on?)

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)

Exodus 34:18-35

Israel’s responsibilities before God are continued in verses 17-28.  What are they?  The covenant terms are summarized by the ________________ (see verse 28).

Why does Moses cover his face?  How does Paul use this imagery in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18?

Wisdom 6:12-23 (Not Scripture, but still worthwhile reading for the Christian)

Background. Wisdom is an attribute of God fondly revealed in feminine terms.  The proper pronouns for [Holy] Wisdom are “she” and “her”.  Notice how the writer seeks to describe her.

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-23
Chapter 6
Verses 12-23

12    Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
13    She hastens to make herself known to those who
desire her.
14    One who rises early to seek her will have no
difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.
15    To fix one’s thought on her is perfect
understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon
be free from care,
16    because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.

17    The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere
desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her,
18    and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
an giving heed to her laws is assurance of
immortality,
19    and immortality brings one near to God;
20    so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.

21    Therefore if you delight in thrones and scepters, O
monarchs over the peoples,
honor wisdom, so that you may reign forever.
22    I will tell you what wisdom is and how she came to
be,
and I will hide no secrets from you,
but I will trace her course from the
beginning of creation,
and make knowledge of her clear,
and I will not pass by the truth;
23    nor will I travel in the company of sickly envy,
for envy does not associate with wisdom.

Pay close attention to …

  • How available wisdom is (vv. 12-1 3)
  • Perfect understanding (v. 15 )
  • The beginning of wisdom (v. 17 )
  • The “fruits” of wisdom (vv. 17-20 )
  • What does not associate with wisdom (v. 23 )

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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