Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, August 21, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 131

Prayer Point. We long to be independent of God, but true spirituality is approaching God with the humility and dependence of a weaned child. Take some time today to stop, be still in his presence and surrender control to him. Pray that he might give you peace as you learn to trust him.

Mark 12:28-34

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. According to this passage what does Jesus say is the most important commandment? Why does Jesus say to the scribe, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”?

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 24:1-23

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. Stability was prized by the Romans as it was vital for maintaining control of an empire that stretched from Britain to the Middle East. How do Paul’s opponents work this need for peace into their charges against him? How does Paul defend himself?

Pay close attention to how Paul connects following Jesus (the Way) to the Jewish tradition he grew up with. Does Paul believe he is founding a new religion?

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 19:1-23

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. Despite the victory, David mourns the loss of his son Absalom. What charge does Joab level against David? How does David treat his enemies upon his return? How is David different from Joab and Abishai, the sons of Zeruiah?  Why does he fire Joab as his general?

“It seems shocking do demote the victorious loyal general Joab in favor of the soundly defeated rebel general Amasa (17:25). Perhaps David pointed out that Joab had disobeyed his specific order about Absalom (18:5). He probably could have added that, if Joab claimed it had been necessary to kill Absalom, he (David) was also doing what was necessary to reunite the nation.” (ESV Study Bible Notes)

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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