Daily Bible Readings, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 78

Prayer Point.  “… He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” Pray today for parents who are entrusted with the task of passing on the gospel to their children.  Pray that our children will believe and pass on the good news of Jesus to their children.

Luke 20:19-26

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 background  to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  Jesus has just spoken a judgment parable against the teachers of the law and the chief priests (see Luke 20:9-18). What prevents the religious authorities from arresting Jesus? How do they attempt to discredit him?

Paying taxes to Caesar was a touchy subject in Israel. If Jesus came out against paying taxes to the Roman Caesar, the teachers of the law could have gone to the Roman government and charged Jesus with treason. If Jesus supported paying taxes to Rome he would lose favor with the people.

How does Jesus answer this difficult question? A denarius was a Roman coin stamped with the image
of the Caesar. It was used to pay taxes.

Follow Jesus’ logic:

If a denarius has Caesar’s image, then we should give it to Caesar.
BUT, if we are stamped with the image of God (see Genesis 1:27) then we should give ourselves to ___________________.

How do the chief priests and teachers of the law react to Jesus’ answer?

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.

Acts 1:15-26

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 to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  The new church makes its first decision without the physical presence of Jesus. What action do they undertake? How did they know that Judas needed to be replaced? How did they go about choosing a successor?

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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