Daily Bible Readings, Thursday, August 8, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 83

Prayer Point. Psalm 83 is a call for God’s judgment to be poured out on enemies. Meditate and pray this psalm following these lines of thought: How am I deserving of the judgment described in this psalm? In what way did Jesus endure this wrath in our place? Finally, pray to surrender all matters of justice to God.

Mark 9:2-13

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

Background. Jesus had veiled his true glory in his dealings with his disciples. He looked like an ordinary man, albeit a man who was capable of miracles unlike any other who had come before him. Peter, James and John, Jesus’ inner circle of disciples are given a glimpse of Jesus’ true glory. These men are dazzled not only by Jesus’ appearance, but also by the two men who appear with him: Moses, Israel’s great lawgiver and Elijah their greatest prophet. Jesus is declaring, by way of vision, his true purpose. He came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament. He is greater than Israel’s greatest heroes. Moses and Elijah point Israel to their savior, Jesus.

There is a reference to Elijah returning in verse 13. Jesus is speaking of John the Baptist who suffered and was beheaded for his faithful service to God (see Matthew 11:11-14).

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus’ appearance and compare it to Revelation 1:12-18 and Daniel 7:9-14.
  • Peter’s almost comical reaction to what they were witnessing.
  • What the voice says about Jesus and what it commands the disciples to do.
  • When Peter, James and John were allowed to speak of what they witnessed.
  • What the disciples don’t get in verse 10.

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 19:11-20

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 following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Paul’s preaching, like Jesus’, was accompanied by miracles.  Where did Paul get the power to heal and cast out demons? What happens to the sons of Sceva when they attempted to perform miracles in Jesus’ name without a relationship with him? What did this event do for the message of 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.

2 Samuel 11:1-27

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. It is often said that is not the crime that brings down a man, but the cover up.

What did David attempt to do with his sin? How did he attempt to cover up the fact that Bathsheba was pregnant with his child? Why didn’t his initial attempts work? What does David do in the end in an attempt to cover it up once and for all?  David violates three of the Ten Commandments. Can you name them?

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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