Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, September 29, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 19

Prayer Point. David is moved to worship God as he meditated on the heavens with its sun, moon and stars, and his law that guides us in the path to a full and satisfying life. Get outside and meditate on the glory of the night sky. Spend time reading his word and allow it to move you to worship.

Luke 5:1-11

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. The highest calling in Jesus’ day was to become a rabbi’s disciple with the dream of one day becoming a rabbi: not unlike the prestige of getting into Harvard today.  Only those with the sharpest intellect and highest moral character received the privilege of being a disciple.  Those who didn’t make the cut returned home and worked the family trade which is what we find Peter, James and John doing.

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus’ unusual choice of disciples.
  • The ease by which Jesus provides for his disciples.
  • Peter’s reaction to the miracle catch of fish. Compare this to Isaiah 6:1-8.
  • How the life direction of Peter, James and John is forever changed by their encounter with Jesus.

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 9:36-43

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. On the night Jesus was betrayed, he gave this promise to his disciples (and to all of us):

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do greater things than these.

Where do you see this promise operating in Acts 9:36-43? What happened as a consequence of Peter’s miracle?

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 Kings 17:1-18

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. Hoshea, the last king of Israel, began his reign, as did so many of the kings of Israel before him, by eliminating his predecessor. The bible tells us he reigned for nine years as a vassal of the king of Assyria. Unhappy with that situation, Hoshea makes an alliance with So, the king of Egypt which, in turn, displeases the king of Assyria. The Assyrian king had no choice but to imprison Hoshea and besiege Samaria for three years. In short order the Assyrian king carried Israel off to Assyria.

We know that Shalmaneser, the king of Assyria attacked and destroyed Israel and scattered its inhabitants because Hoshea’s disloyalty. The real question is this: why did God allow this happen, especially when you consider that the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel is final and complete? What remnant of Israel is left? Why?

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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