Daily Bible Readings – Friday, September 6, 2013

Prayer  Psalm: 35

Prayer Point. There are two ways we can respond to injustice.  We can seek vengeance, or, as Psalm 35 encourages us, leave matters of justice in God’s hands. Where do you see injustice in our world? Lift the victims of this injustice up to God in prayer and ask him to rescue them.

Mark 15:22-32

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. If it wasn’t painful enough to be crucified, here we see everyone from passersby to those who called for his death taunting Jesus and mocking him. Calling him the Messiah and the King of Israel they mocked him and told him to come down from the cross and then they would believe. Obviously they were not interested in the kingdom that Jesus had preached during his ministry.

What is it about Christ’s character that allows him to absorb the insults without destroying his enemies?

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.

James 4:13-5:6

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. What should our attitude be towards future plans? What is wrong with holding onto plans too tightly? How is it possible to sin without doing anything?

For what sins does James indict the rich? How does this serve as a warning to us?

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 11:26-43

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.  How does God’s judgment against Solomon begin? Where do Solomon’s enemies begin to emerge? What will the final judgment of Solomon look like?

The LORD proposes the very same covenant with Jeroboam as he had with David and then with Solomon, i.e., walk in the LORD’s ways, observe his statutes and ordinances and rules and in return the LORD would establish Jeroboam’s kingdom.  And, oh yes, NO IDOL WORSHIP!

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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