Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 39

Prayer Point.  “Each man’s life is but a breath … he bustles about, but only in vain, he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.” Through David’s eyes we see a true perspective of the world. The question is: will we bury ourselves in more busyness and wealth-building or will we take our emptiness to God? If you are ready to go to God use verses 7-13 to guide your prayer.

Luke 15:1-10

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 Pharisees were a group of well-respected religious leaders in Israel. They were known for their zealous law keeping and righteous lives. Tax collectors, in contrast, were reviled as sell-outs and crooks who became rich by working for the Roman occupiers and overcharging their neighbors.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why the Pharisees are offended by the company Jesus keeps.
  • How the stories of the lost sheep and the lost coin shed light on God’s heart towards “lost” sinners.

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?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

2 Corinthians 1:12-22

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. Corinthians is a letter of encouragement from the apostle Paul and his assistant Timothy to the church they founded with the help of Silas (see verse 19).

In verse 12 Paul speaks of God’s grace. One thing that might help you understand this passage is to know that Paul uses the term “God’s grace” in two senses. One describes the unmerited love and favor that God gives us through Jesus Christ. The other refers to the empowerment, or spiritual gifts, that God gives us through the Holy Spirit to enable to us to carry out the unique life mission that Jesus gives each of us.

Pay close attention to …

  • The cause of Paul’s boasting.
  • What Paul and Timothy were able to accomplish by God’s grace.
  • Who is the “yes” of God’s promises? Who is the deposit guaranteeing that we will receive what God has promised?

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?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Deuteronomy 12:1-12

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. Let us review Deuteronomy 5:6-8 (or Exodus 20:2-4 either one): “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before [or besides] me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in any form of anything in heaven above or on the earth below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of their fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to thousands who love me and keep my commandments.”

We can see that the destruction of idol worship is high on the agenda for the LORD. This theme is carried further in Chapter 12.

Pay close attention to …

  • What the LORD wants the people to do once they enter this new land (vv. 2-3 )
  • Where the LORD wants to be worshiped (v. 5 )
  • What the people will do in that place where they are to worship (vv. 5b-7 )
  • Verse 8 says “You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit…” What were they doing ?
  • What the “inheritance” is (v. 9 )
  • The promise offered once they pass over the Jordan (v. 10 ).

So the people will bring their tithes and offerings to the place where they are to worship and there they will rejoice before the LORD.

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?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

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