Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 10

Prayer Point. Our experience with the world teaches us that the wicked do prosper.  So what do we do? We pray and Psalm 10 leads the way. Follow its outline by being honest with God and telling him what you see (verses 1-11). Call on God to act and restore justice (verses 12-15) and end your prayer with worship (verses 16-18).

Mark 13:28-37

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. Here we see Jesus using the fig tree as an example once again. Just as the fig tree puts forth leaves in the summer, so also we must understand that when the time has come so will the Christ come. According to Jesus what will pass away? What will remain?

Who will know when the Christ will come again? What does Jesus want his followers to do while awaiting his return?

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 26:24-27:8

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. Paul has just given his defense before King Agrippa. He is on trial for his life, but you get the sense that there are other things that he cares about more than securing his release.What hope does Paul have that is more important to him than his freedom (see 26:27-29)? Why isn’t Paul released in verse 32?

The right to appeal to Caesar was the right of every Roman citizen. Paul was born into his citizenship (a rare privilege in those days), and it is this right that will carry him to Rome.Why do you think Paul values going to a Rome as a prisoner over his own freedom(see Acts 23:11)?

Paul’s final voyage to Rome now begins, but he is not alone. Who is allowed to accompany Paul? Notice that verse 2 says, “we”. Luke the author of the Gospel of Luke and a companion of Paul wrote the book of Acts. How does God show kindness to Paul even though he is in chains?

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.

1 Kings 1:38-2:4

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. David arranges for Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada to go Gihon to anoint Solomon king of Israel. Solomon he sent thither on his own mule perhaps to symbolize Solomon’s status as favorite son. “More than this, the mule itself may also have been regarded as a symbol of kingship.” [The ESV Study Bible Notes p. 593] Jesus rides on a donkey during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah (see Matthew 21:1-11 and Zechariah 9:9). So David instructs Zadok and Nathan to anoint Solomon as king, blow the trumpet and say, “‘Long live King Solomon!’ You shall then come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, for he shall be king in my place. And I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.” (1 Kings 1:34-35 ESV)

Nathan and Zadok did as the king commanded and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon” accompanied by much noise and merrymaking “so that the earth was split by their noise.” (1 Kings 1:39, 40 ESV)

Where is Gihon? [Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible Note p. 617]

“Gihon was probably the ancient name of the valley that ran from the Damascus gate by Siloam, into the Kidron Vale, having the temple hill on the left and Zion, or the ancient city of the Jebusites, on the right. Here was the upper source of the waters of Gihon which Hezekiah stopped in his day.

Solomon is in Gihon and Adonijah is in Jerusalem which is very close by so that Adonijah and his friends heard it. Jonathan, son of Abiathar the priest rushed forth to tell Adonijah that his father (David) had named Solomon to succeed him and that Nathan and Zadok had anointed him as king. Jonathan continued, “Moreover, the king’s servants came to congratulate our lord Kind David, saying, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon more famous than yours, and make his throne greater than your throne’” (1 Kings 1:47 ESV)

Adonijah’s finest hour: when he heard this Adonijah was filled with fear for his life and sought “sanctuary” (a term not used in those days) in the temple holding fast to “the horns of the altar saying, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me first that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’ And Solomon said, ‘If he will show himself a worthy man [not too many of them in David’s family – j.t.], not one of his hairs shall fall to the earth, but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.’ Unfortunately this is not the last we hear from Adonijah (for him anyway.)

As David approaches death he has some parting words for Solomon:

1. Be strong

2. Show yourself a man

3. Keep the charge of the LORD your God

4. Walk in his ways

5. Keep his statutes, his commandments, his rules and his testimonies

so that Solomon may prosper in whatever he does and that the LORD may establish his covenant with David that he shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.

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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