Daily Bible Readings – Friday, May 31, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 35

Prayer Point.  There are two ways we can respond to injustice.  We can seek vengeance, or, as Psalm 35 encourages us, leave matters of justice in God’s hands. Where do you see injustice in our world? Lift the victims of this injustice up to God in prayer and ask him to rescue them.

Luke 16:10-18

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. We are not owners of our possessions. Everything we have is a gift from God entrusted to us to be used in his service.

Although the Pharisees were known as zealous law-keepers, they were known for creating convenient loopholes. Divorce law is one example. The Pharisees created “escape clauses” for their marriages, allowing divorce (for men only) for the most minor of reasons. If you need to obey God’s law in order to win his acceptance, the temptation to water it down will be irresistible.

Pay close attention to …

  • What is promised to those who handle the little things (worldly wealth) well.
  • Why the Pharisees sneer at Jesus’ teaching about money.
  • Verse 16?
  • How Jesus’ view of marriage is superior to the Pharisees’.

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 4:1-12

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. We not only receive forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Christ, we receive a new calling; a new ministry. We are ministers of God’s new covenant, a new relationship with God where God gives his Holy Spirit to those confess their sins and place their trust in Jesus. Just as this new covenant gives us life, as ministers of this new covenant, we are to share this new life with others.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Paul presents God’s message to the world. What does he do? What does he not do? Why does he not try to change his tactics to convince those from whom “the gospel is veiled”?
  • The one that lifts the veil and allows the “light of knowledge” to shine in our hearts.
  • How our possession of the Gospel is compared to a treasure housed in jars of clay. What is the treasure? What are the jars of clay?
  • How God entrusting the treasures of Christ to us demonstrates his power, even through our suffering and death.

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 26:1-11

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 importance of remembering all that the LORD had done is to become part of the worship of the people.

Pay close attention to …

  • What is to be done with the first fruits once the people enter the Promised Land (vv.2-3 )
  • What the person is to declare when he presents his offering (vv 4-11 )

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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