Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 68

Prayer Point. God is our conquering and victorious king. That is why David invites us to praise him: “Praise be to the LORD, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.” Is there a situation in your life where God has recently delivered you? Have you thought about how Jesus rescued us from the curse of death and offers us the hope of resurrection? Take time today to thank God our king.

Matthew 4:12-17

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. Why does Jesus withdraw to Galilee and make his home in Capernaum by the sea?  How does Jesus’ move also fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy? How does Jesus’ core message compare to John the Baptist’s (compare Matthew 4:17 and Matthew 3:1)?

Look closely at Matthew 4:17. What is the good news? How are we called to respond to the good news?

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 Corinthians 1:20-31

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 can not know God? How is it that we come to know God? Why does Jewish wisdom reject the gospel? Why do the Greeks? What has God offered in the place of human wisdom and power? Why?What does it take for someone to accept the “foolishness” and “weakness” of God?

The Corinthians’ wealth and power tempted them, as it tempts us, to trust in their strength rather than the power of God. How does Paul undercut their faith in themselves and point them to a faith in Christ?

 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 21:17-29

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 transpires next should be a lesson to us all. For some reason I think we all assume that our sin will not find us out. The trouble is we think that God does not see. Well, Ahab is about to learn the hard facts.

Elijah the prophet confronts Ahab for the murder of Naboth and the theft of his land announcing to him that he, his wife and his entire family will be killed.

Notice the narrator says this about Ahab “There was never a man like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.” Ahab puts on the clothes of mourning, sackcloth, and fasts and repents of his sin. After all that evil and wickedness, how does God respond to Ahab’s show of remorse? What does this tell you about the character of God?

The LORD is eager to be merciful; his desire to be merciful is irrepressible. “For I desire steadfast love [mercy] and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 ESV)

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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