Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, August 13, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 101

Prayer Point. King David pledges to live a blameless life and purge his kingdom of the wicked. What troubles me is that I see myself (and David for that matter) in the description of “faithless men.” This psalm moves me to repent, and I’d like to encourage you to use in the same way. What sins disqualify us from being blameless? Confess those to God and ask for his forgiveness on account of the fact that Jesus was cut off for our sake.

Mark 10:17-31

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

Background. The people of Israel in Jesus’ day were eagerly awaiting the Messiah. This Messiah would establish God’s kingdom on earth and those who were allowed to enter it were given the gift of eternal life. The question: who is in and who is out? The rich man who approached Jesus asked the same question this way: “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

The common belief was that good people; that is people who did a reasonably good job of keeping God’s commandments were in, and bad people were out. Riches were largely seen as a sign of God’s blessing so the disciples expected Jesus to reassure this man that had already done enough to inherit eternal life. Instead Jesus has a question …

Pay close attention to …

  • The only person Jesus considers to be “good.”
  • The man’s assessment of his record in keeping the 10 Commandments.
  • How Jesus exposes the one thing this man lacks. What he loves more than God and his neighbor (See also Mark 12:28-31).
  • Why it is difficult, but not impossible, for a wealthy man to enter the kingdom of God.
  • The reward that Jesus offers in this life as well as the next, to those who leave everything to follow him.

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey 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?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Acts 21:15-26

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. Trouble is waiting for Paul when he arrives in Jerusalem and it all centers on the question of whether followers of Christ need to continue to obey the law of Moses, which included circumcision of men and laws on cleanliness and food. The church had taken the heroic position that the Gentiles that followed Jesus did not need to follow the customs and laws of Moses (see Acts 15:1-35). That’s not the problem.  The issue now is the thousands of Jews who follow Christ and remain loyal to the Jewish laws and customs (see Acts 21:20).

What rumors have been circulating in Jerusalem about Paul? How does the church attempt to dispel these accusations?  We shall see in tomorrow’s reading whether these plans succeed.

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey 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?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

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 14:21-33

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?

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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