Daily Bible Readings, Monday, July 8, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 1

Prayer Point.  Those who are rooted in God and his way of life are like trees planted by streams of water. Those without God are like chaff blown by the slightest wind. Meditate on the images in Psalm 1 and pray for the help to anchor your life in God.

Luke 23:44-56

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 Death of Jesus

This significant event symbolized Christ’s work on the cross. The temple had three parts: the courts for all the people, the Holy Place where only priests could enter; and the Most Holy Place where the high priest alone could enter once a year to atone for the sins of the people. It was in the Most Holy Place that the ark of the covenant, and God’s presence with it, rested. The curtain that was torn was the one that closed off the Most Holy Place from view. At Christ’s death, the barrier between God and man was split in two. Now all people can approach God directly through Christ (Hebrews 9:1-14; 10:19-22) (Note taken from the NIV Life Application Study Bible).

Notice here that Jesus commits his spirit into his father’s hands. He gives it up freely. What does this say about his relationship with God the Father?

Notice also the response of the centurion and the crowds. What was their response? What moves them?

Jesus is Buried

Notice how Joseph of Arimathea was described here. We see that he was a member of the council and that he did not consent to the killing of Jesus. What does Joseph do here that is so bold? It could have cost him dearly to go to Pilate and ask for the body yet he does so anyway and shows he is truly a follower of Christ.

Joseph then goes on to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 53:9 by burying Jesus in his tomb (a rich man’s tomb). What impact did the death of Jesus have on the crowds, the centurion, and Joseph of Arimathea?

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 9:19-31

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. Why do you think Saul was able to begin his ministry of preaching in the synagogues so quickly after his conversion?

Put yourself in Saul’s shoes for a moment. How has his life gotten more difficult since his conversion? What do his former friends try to do to him? How does his new family, the church, treat him initially?

Who is it that opens the door for Saul to be accepted by the Jerusalem church? Look for this man to play an important supporting role in the second half of the book of Acts.

How well does Saul’s ministry go in Jerusalem? What happens to the church after Saul is sent to his home town of Tarsus? Why do you think this was? How do you think Saul feels sitting in Tarsus?

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 15:1-3, 7-23

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. Saul is given another opportunity to demonstrate his faith and obedience to the Lord.  He is ordered to utterly destroy the Amalekite nation.

Why is Saul asked to destroy the Amalekites?  See Exodus 17:8-14 and Deuteronomy 25:17-19.  

Behind this harsh command is a promise that God gave to Abraham, the father of the Nation of Israel.  ”I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse.”  God is giving protection to his people Israel, because through his people, God will bring the Messiah, Jesus, who will save the world.

Why doesn’t Saul completely obey the Lord’s command?  Who or what does he decide to spare?  Why?  

What does Saul do when he is confronted by Samuel in his sin?  How is Saul like us when we fail?  What do you think God wants from us when we sin?  What does God desire more than sacrifice and ritual?  What are the consequences of Saul’s actions?

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.

One thought on “Daily Bible Readings, Monday, July 8, 2013

  1. Nanaaba Misah Becky

    Amen….I realy tank God for saving and Loving me……He is my light and my salvation…..The Lord is the Strength of my Life….

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