Daily Bible Readings – Monday, June 22, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 41

Prayer Point. God promises to bless those who have regard for the weak, but what hope is there if, like David, we have sinned and are undeserving of his mercy? We boldly cry out to God because there is a second voice in this psalm. In verse 9, David’s voice gives way to Jesus’, who entered our world, took on the curse of our sin and earned for the blessings of verses 1 and 2 (see John 13:18-30). Confess your sin and appeal to God, not on the basis of your goodness, but on what Jesus has done.

Mark 4:1-20

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 used simple stories or parables to teach the people about God’s coming kingdom. He came to earth to re-establish God’s rule on earth (“your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” if you remember from the Lord’s Prayer) and prepare the people to enter this new kingdom.

Jesus often told those stories to the crowds, but in today’s reading, he waits until he is alone with his disciples to explain it. The emphasis is that no one will be able to receive Jesus’ teaching and enter his kingdom unless God enables him to do it.

Pay close attention to …

  • The identity of the seed, birds, soil, rocks, thorns and the good harvest.
  • What prevents the seed of God’s word from producing a harvest in a person’s life.

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 13:44-52

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. Paul has just preached a sermon in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia declaring that Jesus was the fulfillment of Israel’s hopes and dreams as laid out in the Old Testament. The members of the synagogue, which included both Jews and god-fearing Gentiles (non-Jews who practiced the Jewish faith but had stopped short of undergoing circumcision), were intrigued by what Paul had to say and invited him to speak again. So Paul returns on the following Saturday.

Who shows up this time? How did the Jews respond? Why? Think about what the Jewish Christians had a hard time believing about the Gentiles at this time.

What do Paul and Barnabas do now that they have been rejected the Jews of the synagogue? What happens to the message of Jesus? What kind of opposition does Paul and Barnabas encounter (verse 50)? What do Paul and Barnabas do in response to the opposition (verse 51)?

In Mark 6:8-11 Jesus gave these instructions to his disciples: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no money in your belts … Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.  And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” How do you see Paul and Barnabas following this pattern?

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 24:1-22

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. Why doesn’t David kill Saul when he has the chance? What does this tell you about his faith? What does David believe about God that frees him not to retaliate against his enemy (see verses 12-15)? How does David’s actions shame Saul?  What is Saul forced to acknowledge?

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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