Daily Bible Readings – Monday, August 19, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 106

Prayer Point. I can’t read this psalm without hearing of the voice of the crucified thief pleading with Jesus, “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He was a sinner who hoped that somehow Jesus might open the doors of paradise for him. We are in the same position. Psalm 106 is a psalm of repentance. It speaks of Israel’s sins, but what are yours? Confess them to God and ask him for his forgiveness and the hope of eternal life.

Mark 11:12-26

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. During his life on earth, Jesus filled three roles: prophet, priest and king. As king Jesus rules creation and calls us to follow and obey him. As priest, he offers himself as a sacrifice for our sin and prays to the Father on our behalf. As prophet, Jesus speaks the words of God the Father to us.

In Mark 11 Jesus is not unlike an Old Testament prophet who not only spoke their messages, they often acted them out. That’s what is going on with the fig tree. Jesus is not angry with the fig tree. He is angry with what the fig tree represents. The fig tree is a stand-in for Israel and the missing fruit were the missing acts of love for God and love for neighbor. Most importantly Israel was supposed to be a light to the nations; to show the world through their very lives the love of God. But that dream had long been lost and Israel was a fig tree without fruit.

What does Jesus find in the temple that confirms that Israel is “fruitless”? What was the temple supposed to be? What has Israel made it instead? Uncircumcised Gentiles were not allowed to worship God in the inner courts of the temple. There was an outer court set aside for them where they could pray. The problem was that the market was set up in the court of the Gentiles. Not only were people being ripped off, the Gentiles were being crowded out.

What do you think is the significance of the withered fig tree?

What two heart attitudes does Jesus insist must be present when we pray?

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 22:30-23:11

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. The Sanhedrin was the Jewish ruling council made up of the chief priests, teachers of the Jewish law and other religious leaders. This council was split between two parties: the Sadducees and the Pharisees.

The Sadducees denied the supernatural elements of the Jewish faith dismissing heaven, resurrection and spiritual beings such as angels and demons. They had witnessed the deaths of their countrymen in futile attempts to overthrow the Romans and seeking to prevent future uprisings, they downplayed the “other worldly elements of their faith.” The Romans recognized this shrewdly placed the Sadducees in positions of power within Israel.

The Pharisees, by contrast, still held to heaven and the resurrection. Their hope was that if enough of the Israelites walked in obedience to Jewish Law, God would reward them by sending the Messiah and liberate them from Roman rule.

How does Paul cleverly throw the Sanhedrin into confusion?

What is God’s purpose for Paul at this stage of his life? Look for this mission to play itself out in the final chapters of the book of Acts.

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 17:24-18:8

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

Background. As is often the case with civil war it is brother against brother and father against son. David’s army fights Absalom’s army, Absalom’s general is cousin-in-law to David’s generals Abishai and Joab. David’s hold on to the throne is preserved, but at what cost?

There is a curious statement in verse 8 that “the forest claimed more lives that day than the sword.”  What exactly does that mean?   David’s forces were more adept at fighting in the forest (from his years of running from Saul) whereas Absalom’s men were unprepared and so suffered a tremendous defeat at the hand of David.

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.

One thought on “Daily Bible Readings – Monday, August 19, 2013

  1. HAS BELIEVED WHAT?

    Jesus said “He who has believed and and has been baptized shall be saved.” (Mark 16:16) The question remains. Has believed what?

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    John 20:31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
    1. You have to believe the Scriptures.
    2. You have to believe Jesus is the Christ.
    3. You have to believe Jesus is the Son of God.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Galatians 3:26-27 For you are Sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
    1. You have to believe you are Sons of God through faith.
    2. You have to believe you were baptized into Christ.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
    1. We must believe that it is only because of Jesus shedding His blood that we can have forgiveness from our sins.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good new about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
    1. You have to believe the good news about Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God before you are baptized, not at some future time. There is no record of unbelieving infants being baptized.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ,
    1. You must believe there is one God.
    2. You must believe Jesus Christ is mans only mediator.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    John 8:24 ‘Therefore I said you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
    1. You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    John 4:41-42…..42….this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
    1. You have to believe that Jesus is the Savior of all who will accept Him.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
    1. You must acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
    2. You must believe God resurrected Jesus from the grave.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through
    Me.
    1. You must believe Jesus is the truth.
    2. You must believe He is the only way to the Father.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Acts 15:11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
    1. You must believe you are saved because of God’s grace and not because of keeping the Law of Moses or your good deeds.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and is a rewarder of the those who seek Him.
    1. You must believe that God exists.
    2. You must believe that God rewards those who seek Him.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
    1. You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Acts 4:12 And there is salvation is no one else; for there is no name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
    1. You must believe that Jesus is the only Savior.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Acts 2:40-41 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”41 So then, those who had received the his word were baptized; and that day there added about three thousand souls.
    1. They believe Peter’s word. Peter’s word was, that Jesus was Lord and Christ and that God raised Him from the grave. Peter told the believers to repent and be baptized in water so their sins could be forgiven. (Acts 2:22-38)

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved…
    Why do men not believe what Jesus said?
    Why do men not believe teaching of the apostles?
    Jesus said this to some Jews. John 8:45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me……47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

    When Jesus said “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved, was He telling the truth? Why do men not believe that?

    The words of Jesus was that of the Father. The words of the apostles were the words of Jesus. To reject the words of Jesus and the words of the apostles is to reject the word of God the Father.

    John 14:24 He who does nor love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

    The words of the apostles, including the apostle Paul’s, came from Jesus.

    John 14:25-26 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. . 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I said to you.
    Galatians 1:1-12 1 Paul, an apostle…..12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

    BELIEVED WHAT?

    They believed Jesus when He said “Who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved”

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