Daily Bible Readings, Monday, July 15, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 25

Prayer Point.  “To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.” Are we ready to pray this? Are there areas of our lives that we will not lift up to God? Confess those parts of your life to God and pray for the faith to believe that “all the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful.”

Mark 1:29-45

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.  “As soon as they left…” notice the sense of urgency. “He went to her, took her hand and helped her up.” Jesus was willing to heal Peter’s mother in law, he made it a point to go to her. What does this passage say about Jesus’ ability to heal the sick? What does it say about his willingness to heal the sick?

“He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak…” Why do you think Jesus did not allow the demons to say who he was? It was not yet Jesus’ time to be revealed as the Son of God. Jesus path to the throne went through the cross.

“Very early in the morning…” Jesus made time alone with His Father a priority. Prayer always preceded action. “they exclaimed…” shows the importance of the disciples message. Jesus’ reply, “Let us go somewhere else to the nearby villages so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” What do we see here that Jesus is trying to convey to the disciples? What is his strategy for spreading the good news of God’s kingdom?

“A man with leprosy…” In keeping with the law in Leviticus 13 and 14, Jewish leaders declared people with leprosy unclean. This meant that they were unfit to participate in any religious or social activity. Because the law said that contact with any unclean person made a person unclean too, some people even threw rocks at lepers to keep them at a safe distance. But Jesus touched the man who had leprosy (NIV Life Application Study Bible Notes). “if you are willing…” Jesus was willing and reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing.” Immediately the leprosy left the man. Notice how Jesus responds to the man. Why does he give him a stern warning to go to the priest? Only through the Mosaic system could the man be declared clean. Jesus had come to fulfill the law, not abolish it. What does this miracle say about Jesus?

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 11:19-30

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? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. There are some remarkable firsts that occur at the church in Antioch. What are they?

One cultural note, the Greeks (NIV) (Hellenists  – ESV) refers to Greek speaking Gentiles who had no prior experience with the Jewish faith and the Law of Moses. We have seen Gentiles receive the gospel in the book of Acts, but up until this point they were God-fearers, Gentiles who practiced the Jewish faith but had not fully converted.

How does the church in Jerusalem react to the news that Gentiles are becoming followers of Jesus?

What brilliant strategic move does Barnabas make?

Many at the church in Jerusalem doubted that Gentiles could become full followers of Jesus. How does the Holy Spirit turn the tables on the church in Jerusalem? At the end of the chapter, who is saving who?

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 18:5-16, 27b-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. Saul was made king to go before his people and fight for them.  But God has rejected him and removed his Spirit.  How is David now taking over Saul’s role?  How does Saul react?  What motivates Saul to try to kill David?  What is the source of Saul’s fear?  How does Saul attempt to get rid of David?  How does his plan backfire? 

Do you think there was anything Saul could have done to change his relationship with the LORD?  Over the next couple of days compare Saul’s attitude towards God and David to his son Jonathan’s.

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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