Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, April 27, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 138

Prayer Point. Psalm 138 gives us a number of reasons to praise God. Pick one or two that speak to you and use those to offer your own prayer of thanksgiving.

Luke 7:18-35

Background. We know from Matthew 11:2 that John the Baptist was in prison when he sent his disciples to ask whether Jesus was the One (Messiah) or whether they should wait for another. He had expected Jesus to overthrow the Roman government and replace it with his own kingdom. You can understand John’s disappointment.  Rome is still in power, and he is rotting in jail. Not exactly what he was expecting out of Jesus.

“But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” (John 7:35) This means that the lives of the followers of the Jesus, even though they are tax-collectors, will demonstrate the rightness of Jesus’ teaching.

Pay close attention to …

  • The evidence Jesus points to demonstrate that he is indeed ‘the One’.
  • How Jesus feels about John despite his doubts and how that might encourage us.
  • Why some accepted Jesus’ words, even some tax-collector sinners, and others rejected it and the connection to John’s teaching.

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 3:12-17

Background. Paul’s writing follows a distinct indicative/imperative pattern.  First, he reminds the Colossians what God the Father has made them through Jesus Christ (indicative). Second, he exhorts them to live in response to what God has done (imperative).  See notes on yesterday’s reading for more information.

Pay close attention to …

  • Who we are in God’s eyes (indicative) (12a)
  • What it looks like to live as a member of God’s dearly loved people (imperative) (12b1-7)

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 40:18-38

What separates the ark from the rest of the tabernacle?  Why is the ark separated?  Why could Moses not enter the tabernacle once it was completed?  We think of God in terms of light, what is different here?  Why?

Wisdom 7:1-14 (Not Scripture, but still worthwhile reading for the Christian)

Background. The opening of this chapter will discuss Solomon’s origins — that he was conceived, born and grew just like any “ordinary” man.  Verse six reminds us of Job: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.”  Solomon was the wisest of men up to the time of Jesus (“…and now one greater than Solomon is here.”  Matthew 12:42 NIV).  Perhaps the wisest thing Solomon did was to ask for wisdom in leading the people of Israel as described in 1 Kings Chapter three.

Notice how this pseudo-Solomon describes wisdom.

Wisdom of Solomon 7:1-14
Chapter 7
Verses 1-14

1    I also am mortal, like everyone else,
a descendant of the first-formed child of earth
and in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh,
2    within the period of ten months, compacted with blood,
from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage.
3    And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air,
and fell upon the kindred earth;
my first sound was a cry, as is true of all.
4    I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths.
5    For no king has had a different beginning of existence;
6    there is for all one entrance into life, and one way out.

7     Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
8    I preferred her to scepters and thrones,
and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
9    Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem,
because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
10    I loved her more than health and beauty,
and I chose to have her rather than light,
because her radiance never ceases.
11    All good things came to me along with her,
and in her hands uncounted wealth.
12    I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them;
but  did not know that she was their mother.
13    I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
I do not hide her wealth,
14    for it is an unfailing treasure for man;
those who get it obtain friendship with God,
commended for the gifts that come from instruction.

Pay close attention to …

  • How wisdom is “preferred and accounted” (v. 8 )
  • Wisdom compared to gold and silver (v. 9 )
  • Wisdom is more than light (v. 10 )
  • Man’s unfailing treasure (v. 14 )

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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