Daily Bible Readings, Sunday, July 7, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 113

Prayer Point.  This psalm offers us some reasons to praise the name of the Lord.  Meditate on the ones that resonate with you and offer God your own prayer of thanksgiving.

Matthew 22:1-14

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.  The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Here we see the kingdom of heaven being likened to that of a wedding feast. Matt. 22:1–2 wedding feast. In this case, a countrywide celebration that would have continued for several days. This “feast” represents enjoying fellowship with God in his kingdom, and coming to the feast thus represents entering the kingdom. (ESV Study Bible Notes)

Who are those who would not come to the feast? Who are those who come?

What is the king’s response to the news that the invited guests wouldn’t come? (See verse 7) Matt. 22:7 burned their city. An extreme punishment reserved for serious treason and revolt against the king; possibly an allusion to the forthcoming destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70.(ESV Study Bible Notes)

In verse 9 we see the king give instructions to go to the main roads and invite as many people as they could find. Who are these people? (See Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16)

The king comes in in verse 11 and find a man with no wedding garment. He binds him and casts him into the outer darkness. There there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is a common description of eternal judgment. What does the wedding garment symbolize in this passage? Could it be the righteousness that is needed to enter the kingdom?

As Jesus closes the parable he makes a distinction between the called and the chosen. What is the difference between the two?

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.

Romans 5:1-11

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 to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.

The term ‘justified’ means to declare someone innocent and righteous. How is it that we are declared righteous? How does being justified affect our relationship with God? How does our new relationship with God affect our outlook on life?

Paul mentions faith, but it begs the question: “faith in what?” Faith that justifies us is simply faith and trust in Jesus and his promises. Why is God worthy of our exclusive faith and trust? What has he done for us even when we were powerless sinners and even his enemies?

In these eleven verses you see all three members of the Trinity: God (the Father), Christ (the Son ) and the Holy Spirit. What role does each member of the trinity play in our lives as Christians?

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 14:16-30

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

Background. As you read the conclusion of Saul’s battle (see verses 16-25) with the Philistines ask yourself: Who is doing the real fighting for Israel? How is Saul continuing to show himself as a failure and a disappointment as a king? Are Saul’s failures enough to prevent God from saving his people? What does this tell you about God and Israel’s decision to reject God as their king?

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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