Daily Bible Reading – Sunday, May 12, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 19

Prayer Point.  There are two things that move David in this psalm to worship God: the heavens with its sun, moon and stars and his law that guides us in the path of a full and satisfying life. Get outside and meditate on the glory of the night sky. Spend some time reading his word and allow them to move you to worship.

Matthew 10:24-42

Background. Jesus focused much of his earthly life to the training of his twelve disciples so that they might continue his ministry after he returned to heaven.  Up until this point in the Gospel of Matthew, the disciples traveled with Jesus watching him as he preached, healed and drove out demons.  In today’s reading, the disciples are graduating to the next stage in their training. Having watched Jesus, they are now sent out to do they very things they had watched their master do (see Matthew 10:1). In Matthew 10 are the instructions the twelve disciples received as Jesus sent them out on their first mission.

The “coming of the Son of Man” is most likely a reference to the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple in 70 AD (see Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24:1-2). Beelzebub (verse 25) is another name for Satan.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the disciples are to expect persecution.
  • Why they shouldn’t the fear the persecution they are going to experience.
  • Whom they should fear instead of those who are persecuting them.  Think about the only person who has the power to kill the soul.
  • The rewards for those who stay faithful to Jesus and the curses for those who disown him.
  • The effect that Jesus will have on the world (verse 34) and the promises Jesus offers to those who endure through these difficult times.
  • What is promised to those who receive the disciples and show them kindness.

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)

Hebrews 12:1-14

Background. The book of Hebrews was written to a group of Jewish followers of Jesus who were experiencing persecution. It was severe enough for them to consider abandoning their faith in Jesus and returning to the safety of Judaism. This book was written to encourage them to cling to Jesus and to persevere in their new faith.

In chapter 11, the writer provided several examples of persevering faith from their Jewish history and now in chapter 12 the writer starts to point them to Jesus.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Jesus can inspire us to persevere when we are persecuted.
  • How Christians should interpret suffering, especially what it tells us about our relationship with God.
  • How we should treat others despite our suffering.

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)

Ezekiel 3:17-27

Background. So Ezekiel arrives at his appointed destination and sits and ponders for seven days.  He knows he’s facing an uphill battle and that he will be as stubborn in delivering God’s message as the people are resistant in hearing it.

Pay close attention to …

  • What exalted position the Lord has appointed Ezekiel (v. 17 )
  • How the warnings affect Ezekiel too (vv. 18-21 )
  • What Ezekiel sees in the plain (v. 23 )
  • What the Lord does to Ezekiel so that he cannot preach the word (vv. 26-27 )

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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