Daily Bible Reading – Thursday, May 23, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 18

Prayer Point.  David wrote this psalm praising God for saving him from his enemies, but this psalm is best understood in light of the Son of David, Jesus.  Imagine Jesus praying this psalm as he faced the cross.  Meditate on the fact that God answered his cries by raising him from the dead.  Offer praises to God that because you belong to Jesus, he will rescue you also.

Matthew 11:25-30

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. Jesus was largely rejected by the rich, powerful and religious people of his time, while the poor and sinners flocked to him.  His disciples were not the best and brightest, but included fishermen and tax-collectors.

In Biblical times, a rabbi’s “yoke” referred to his teaching and the way of life he required his disciples to follow.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why Jesus praises his Father.
  • From whom Jesus’ teaching was hidden and to whom it was revealed and why.
  • The only path to know God the Father (verse 27).
  • The nature of Jesus’ teaching (yoke).

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 5:13-21

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.  As John brings this letter to a close, he wants to remind his readers of the purpose of his letter and give them some final instructions.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why John wrote this letter to “those who believe in the Son of God.”
  • The confidence that comes with this eternal life and how it impacts our relationship with God.
  • What one should do if he sees a fellow Christian sin. Note that the definition of a “sin that leads to death” has been hotly debated throughout history. Most likely John is referring to a final and complete rejection of Jesus.  (See 1 John 4:2-3; 3:15).
  • What is true of those who are born of God with regard to sin.
  • Who controls the world we live in.
  • The Son of God we should cling to and the idols we should avoid.

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 4:32-40

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. What applies to the Hebrews of Moses’ day applies to us today.  What we have we can lose simply by not remembering God’s word.  Let’s not look at these Hebrews as though we are not connected to them in any way.  Let us regard, rather, their experiences as something to learn from.  Wise is the person who can learn for another’s mistakes!  This is precisely why Moses wrote all of this out.

Pay close attention to …

  • The history Moses is condensing for Israel (vv. 32-34 )
  • The other reason the miraculous signs were worked in Egypt (v. 35 )
  • The next stage of the journey (v. 37-38 )
  • The basic (and self-serving) reason for keeping the decrees of the LORD (v. 40 )

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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