Daily Bible Readings – Friday, August 16, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 102

Prayer Point. The scriptures command us to rejoice with those rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. This psalm is a prayer for those who sick, nearing the end of their life or just in a place of deep sadness and despair.  Think of one person who is in this place and pray Psalm 102 on their behalf.

Mark 10:46-52

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

Background. As Jesus and his disciples pass the city of Jericho they encounter Bartimaeus begging on the side of the road. Bartimaeus may be blind, but he can see most people can’t, that Jesus is the Messiah or Son of David. He believes that Jesus has the power to open his eyes.

Pay close attention to …

  • The question Jesus asks Bartimaeus and why he may have asked it.
  • Bartimaeus’ response to Jesus’ question.
  • The reason why Jesus decides to heal 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 21:37-22:12

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. Tensions are running high after Paul’s narrow escape from the rioting crowds in the temple. The Roman commander initially is suspicious of Paul, thinking him to be a rebel leader and terrorist. Rome feared unrest more than anything else in their vast Empire. But hearing that Paul is a Roman Citizen; being born in Tarsus in Cilicia, “no ordinary city”, made Paul a Roman citizen by birth. This is another example of God’s sovereignty over Paul’s life. His Roman citizenship will provide him with numerous opportunities to share the message of Christ and will allow him to accomplish God’s purposes in his life. Watch for Paul’s citizenship to play a prominent role as the book of Acts comes to a close.

Being a Roman citizen, Paul is afforded the opportunity to speak in his own defense to the angry mobs. How does Paul get the crowds to listen to him quietly (see Acts 22:2)? Greek was the language of the eastern half of the Roman Empire, but Aramaic was the heart language of the people of Jerusalem. Paul’s knowledge of Aramaic bolsters his credentials as a “true Israelite.” How does Paul prove in verses 3-5 that he is just like the people he is addressing? How does Paul explain his sudden decision to become a follower of Christ? Why do you think Paul goes to great lengths to point out that Ananias, the man who healed his blindness, was both a follower of Christ AND “a devout observer of the Law”?

So far Paul has managed not to enrage the crowd. That will quickly change in tomorrow’s reading.

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 15:19-37

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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