Daily Bible Readings – Friday, May 17, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 107

Prayer Point.  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107 gives us numerous examples of the love and faithfulness of God. Meditate on one of the examples that resonates with you and offer God a prayer of thanks.

Luke 10:38-42

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following “Background” and “Pay close attention to …”  sections to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Unlike most rabbis of his day, Jesus enjoyed the company and the hospitality of women. He did this all while living a sinless life.

Pay close attention to …

  • Which of the sisters, Mary or Martha, chooses the better and why.

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Hebrews 8:1-13

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following “Background” and “Pay close attention to …”  sections to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. A covenant is simply an agreement between two or more people. Because of man’s sin, the covenant required a mediator or priest who served as a go-between God and his people. This priest represented the people before God in the temple and offered sacrifices on his and their behalf.

The writer of Hebrews will speak of two covenants in today’s reading. The old covenant which was mediated by Israel’s  priests and the new covenant which is mediated by Jesus. The author sets up a comparison between:

  • the Old Testament priests and Jesus
  • the tabernacle (temple) on earth and the tabernacle in heaven.
  • the old covenant and the new covenant.

Pay close attention to …

  • The location of the temple where Jesus serves as opposed to the high priests of Israel.
  • The connection between the earthly tabernacle (temple) and the heavenly one.
  • Why Jesus and the new covenant he mediates is superior to the old covenant and Israel’s priests who mediated it.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the early Jewish Christians.  You are being persecuted for your faith in Christ and you are considering a return to the traditional Judaism you grew up with.  How does what you’ve read encourage you not to go back?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Ezekiel 34:17-31

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following “Background” and “Pay close attention to …”  sections to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. The opening of Chapter 34 concerns the shepherds (teachers and leaders) of Israel and their lack of attention to their callings.  Their job is to take care of the sheep, after all they are clothed (with fleece) and fed (curds) by these sheep.  These shepherds have ruled harshly and brutally (v. 4).  As sheep scatter (which they do when treated harshly) they are left to fend for themselves thus exposing themselves to the dangers of becoming prey to wild animals.  The LORD will tend to the sheep himself since he can’t rely on the shepherds.

Pay close attention to …

  • The complaint of the LORD (vv. 17-19 )
  • The shepherd the LORD chooses for his sheep (v. 23 )
  • The “hands of those who enslaved them” (v. 27 )

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

 

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