Daily Bible Readings – June 11, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 68

Prayer Point.  God is … “a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.”  This psalm is a vision of our God who conquers evil and establishes his kingdom.  Pray  this psalm on behalf of those you know, either personally or in the news, that needs to see God act on their behalf in this powerful way.

Luke 19:1-10

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. Zacchaeus being the chief tax collector meant that he was both a crook and a very rich man. Because the Romans occupied the land the Jews had to pay tribute to Caesar. Most tax collectors were cheats and gouged their Jewish counterparts by charging extra to line their own pockets. For this reason Zacchaeus was despised by his Jewish countrymen.

Sharing a meal was a big deal in Jesus’ day. People of high rank did not eat with those of lower rank. Moral people did not eat with immoral people lest they be accused of condoning their sin.

Pay close attention…

  • How Jesus’ interaction with Zacchaeus both disappointed and disgusted the crowds and why.
  • How the grace Jesus shows Zacchaeus changes this dishonest tax collector.
  • Jesus’ pronouncement in verse 9.
  • How Jesus’ love for Zacchaeus fits into his mission as the “Son of Man.”

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 11:1-21

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. The Apostle Paul, together with his friends Timothy (see 1:1) and Silas, founded the church in Corinth. After Paul moved in, false teachers who wished to undermine Paul’s work moved in an began to preach a different gospel. Paul writes to the Corinthians to call them back to the teachings they received when their church was first founded.

Paul will refer Eve in verse 3. Eve’s deception is the first recorded sin in the Bible (see Genesis 3). Satan, the serpent in that story, sows seeds of doubt in her mind and convinces her to rebel against God. The false teachers in Corinth threaten to do the same to the Christians at Corinth.

Pay close attention to ..

  • The source of Paul’s jealousy for the church in Corinth.
  • How Paul understands his mission and how it is connected to how he sees the relationship between Jesus and his church.
  • Paul’s concern for the Corinthians. What are they being deceived away from?
  • How Paul’s ministry among the Corinthians demonstrated his love for them (verses 7-12). Why was he careful not to take money from them?
  • How the false apostles (teachers) are compared to Satan.

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.

1 Samuel 1:21-2:11

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? Use the “Background” below to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. 

Once her son is weaned, Hannah, in fulfillment of her vow, returns to Shiloh with a generous sacrifice and dedicates Samuel to the LORD (all the days of his life). She reacquaints herself with Eli and reminds him of her experience in the temple the previous year. Perhaps Mary, Jesus’ mother, was familiar with Hanna’s Song when she composed her “Magnificat”; the parallels are striking:

Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10) ESV

Mary (Luke 1:46-55) ESV

1. My heart exults in the LORD

46. My soul magnifies the LORD

my strength is exalted in the LORD.

47. and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

My mouth derides my enemies

because I rejoice in your salvation.

2. There is none holy like the LORD;

49. for he who is mighty has done great things for me

there is none besides you;

and holy is his name

there is no rock like our God.

3. Talk no more so very proudly,

51. He has shown strength with his arm;

let not arrogance come from your mouth

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their

for the LORD is a God of knowledge,

hearts;

and by him actions are weighed.

4. The bows of the mighty are broken,

52. He has brought down the mighty from their

but the feeble bind on strength.

thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;

5. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread

53. He has filled the hungry with good things,

The barren has borne seven,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

but she who has many children is forlorn

6. The LORD kills and brings to life;

50. And his mercy is for those who fear him

he brings down to Sheol and raises up

from generation to generation.

7. The LORD makes poor and makes rich;

v. 53.

he brings low and he exalts.

8. He raises up the poor from the dust;

v. 53

he lifts the needy from the ash heap

to make them sit with princes

and inherit a seat of honor.

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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