Daily Bible Readings, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 119:1-24

Prayer Point.  The Law of God is more than a set of rules, it is the path to becoming fully alive. Pray that God will give you a desire to follow Jesus (who perfectly kept the Law), a heart that does not stray from God, and a love for God and his way of life.

Luke 24:13-35

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.  On the Road to Emmaus

Jesus appears to two of his disciples who clearly don’t recognize him. They had believed that Jesus was the one who was going to redeem Israel. What had just happened that in their minds ruled out this possibility? What news had they just received that makes their sadness even more unbelievable? What was the teaching that the disciples had missed according to Jesus?

In verse 26 Did not the Christ have to ______________________ and then _____________________.

Once again Jesus has to open their eyes. The scripture here also says that he opened the scriptures to them. What did Jesus do to open the eyes of the two disciples? What happened to their hearts as they talked with Jesus on the road?

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 10:1-16

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. Cornelius would have been regarded in Israel in those days as a “God-fearer.” A God-fearer was someone who was born a Gentile, but showed great respect to the God of Israel and the Jewish faith. A God-fearer, however, was not a full convert to Judaism. To do that, Cornelius would have had to been circumcised, a step he has not yet taken. What did Cornelius and his family practice that showed that they were true God-fearers (verse 2)? What was it about Cornelius that motivated God to send the angel to direct him to Peter?

At this time there was a large barrier between Jews and non-Jews, even God-fearers. Jews could not eat with Gentiles, nor enter their homes without becoming ceremonially unclean. Gentiles did not follow the Jewish laws of eating on animals that were clean, nor follow the other Jewish laws of cleanliness. How does Peter’s vision remove this barrier?

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 16:1-13

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. Samuel is clearly shaken by the Lord’s rejection of Saul as king of Israel, but he is not permitted to mourn.  There is work to be done.  A new king must be chosen.  How does the criteria for selecting this new king compare to the criteria used to select Saul?  Compare 1 Samuel 16:6-7 to 1 Samuel 9:-12.  

Throughout all of Israel’s and the Church’s history, the LORD had, time and again, used the weak to display his power and strength. From early on, even as far back as Sarah who was 90 years old before delivering Isaac – “beyond the age of bearing children”; Joseph was young and powerless when he was sold into slavery in Egypt yet he became the next in power after Pharaoh; Deborah (a woman!) was raised up to defeat Jabin king of Canaan; Gideon and his 300 men to defeat Midian and so it continues even to the time of Paul who was told by the Lord: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” … “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” [2 Cor. 12:9-10 ESV] This time it is Samuel who is surprised at God’s choice of David.

What happens to David once he is anointed king? Why?

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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