Daily Bible Readings – Monday, May 20, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 7

Prayer Point.  We live in a world where innocent people suffer at the hands of the wicked and the unjust. Imagine Jesus praying this prayer. He could forgive his enemies because he left matters of justice to his Father, just as the David does in this psalm. Pray this prayer on behalf of the innocent who are unjustly suffering in the world.  Remember that you deserved the same justice, but Jesus experienced it in your place.

Matthew 11:1-6

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. John the Baptist, the prophet who was sent to prepare the way for Jesus, has been thrown into prison for calling out the sins of King Herod. John had expected Jesus to usher in a new kingdom, but he is discouraged because the old kings cling to power while he rots in jail. The question is “are you the one or should we wait for another …”

Pay close attention to …

  • The evidence Jesus uses to confirm that he indeed is the one the world has been waiting for.

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?

1 John 3:18-4:6

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. John wants his readers to have confidence and peace before God. In today’s reading he will lay out the path to this destination. There will be things his readers must do and people they must avoid.

The path to peace and confidence before God and receiving from him whatever we ask, is to do what he commands. This is what he commands: believe in the name of his Son and love another.
Those who obey these commands live in him and he in them and this is confirmed by the Holy Spirit.

Pay close attention to …

  • What two things we must do to have confidence before God and expect to receive from him whatever we ask (verse 3:23).
  • John states that those who obey God’s commands live in God and he in them. Who confirms to us that God is living within us (verse 3:24).
  • How one can distinguish the Spirit of God from the spirit of antichrist. In other words what will teachers who are filled the spirit of God teach as opposed to those who teach according to the spirit of antichrist (verses 4:1-3).
  • How will true teachers relate to the teachings of John and the other apostles as opposed to false ones (verses 4:4-6).

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?

Deuteronomy 4:9-14

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. Deuteronomy is the book of “don’t forget”. Throughout the entire book the major theme is to remember. This was the last book written by Moses and is perhaps, as far as Moses is concerned, his most important. Moses delivers this book just weeks before he ascends the mount (Nebo) to die. There is an element “out there” who think that Moses never died (much like Enoch or Elijah). I don’t happen to believe that! This book is Moses’ last opportunity to address the people and he uses it to reiterate (or restate) the law. The word Deuteronomy comes to us from the Greek for “retelling” the law. If one reads the earlier works of Moses he will find much revisited here in Deuteronomy.

Pay close attention to …

  • The first imperative in the opening verse (v. 9 )
  • The next imperative (v. 9 )
  • The first word of verse 10
  • The reason for the people to be assembled together (v. 10 )
  • The covenant revealed when the people were gathered together (v. 13 )

Today is really a perfect day to celebrate our gifts from the Holy Spirit — including himself in our lives.

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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