Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, August 15, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 105

Prayer Point. Romans 1 tells us that our sin is rooted in our failure to recognize God and give thanks to him. We are thankless  often because we forget what he has done for us. Psalm 105 recounts the things God did for Israel, but what has God done for you? Take note of the big and small things he has done for you and offer Him your thanks.

Mark 10:32-45

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. There is fear mixed with excitement as Jesus leads his disciples to Jerusalem. The disciples are afraid because the chief priests and teachers of the law, who were based in Jerusalem, were looking to kill Jesus. They are excited because they believe Jesus may be the Messiah and is about to establish the kingdom of God. They reasoned that as members of his inner circle, they would be given high positions in his new government. What the disciples don’t understand is that Jesus’ path to the throne leads to the cross. Instead of killing his enemies, he must first lay down his life for them.

Pay close attention to …

  • What Jesus says is going to happen to him.
  • The pressing argument that ensues among the disciples and how it demonstrates that the disciples don’t understand what is about to happen to Jesus.

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 21:27-36

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 enters the temple with four men in an attempt to demonstrate to the Jews in Jerusalem that he is still loyal to the Law of Moses despite allowing Gentiles who followed Christ not to keep it. How does this plan backfire? Who stirs up trouble against Paul and where are they from? The province of Asia (Western Turkey today) and its chief city Ephesus was where he had ministered for the last several years. It appears that his opponents have followed him to Jerusalem.

What crime is Paul charged with? How does this misunderstanding happen? The Law of Moses strictly forbade any uncircumcised person, which all Gentiles were at the time, from entering the inner courts of the Temple. Remember that rumors were flying that Paul was working to destroy Jewish customs. The people were quite willing to believe that he would dare to bring a Greek (Gentile) into the temple area. What do you think the reaction is so severe? Who steps in to save Paul?

This is a theme that will run through the remainder of the book of Acts. By all appearances Rome’s power seems to be undisputed, but in reality, it is God who is calling the shots. Even the Romans will serve God’s purposes.

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 15:1-8

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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