Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, October 5, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 33

Prayer Point. Psalm 33 praises God because he is our creator, sustainer, protector and savior. How have you experienced God in these ways? Remember them and worship God in response then pray for the faith to trust God as you face the problems of today.

Matthew 8:18-27

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. What does it take to be a follower of Jesus?  What is the cost?

One note of clarification.  Jewish burial practices in Jesus’ day was a two step process.  When someone died, they were buried that same day and the family mourned for seven days.  After a year, the bones were exhumed placed in a smaller bone box.  Jewish tradition expected sons to stay and bury the bones of their father before moving on.  It would have been unlikely that  ’let me bury my father’ meant that the man’s father died that day, but that the man was waiting to bury the bones of the father.  What would it have cost the man if he followed Jesus and did not stay to bury the bones of his father?

The sea, was the most powerful and feared source of power in the ancient world.  What does it say about Jesus that the winds and the waves are at his command?  What does it say about the disciples (and our) faith that we live with such fear?

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 10:1-13

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 compares the Christian life to the history of Israel. While Israel endured 400 years of slavery in Egypt, we also were slaves to sin. Israel became a free people when God parted the Red Sea and they passed through the waters (were baptized) while the pursuing Egyptian army was destroyed. We became free when we came to faith in Jesus Christ and were baptized in His name. But the Red Sea and our baptism and conversion is only the beginning of the journey, not the end. There is a desert we must cross before we reach the Promised Land (heaven) and eternal life with our Father. How does Israel’s experience in the wilderness serve as a warning to us as we journey towards the Promised Land? What must we believe to overcome temptation?

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 19:21-36

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. Hezekiah in his distress cries out to God.  God responds to Hezekiah’s prayer through Isaiah the prophet.

What is God’s message to Sennacherib king of Assyria? The King of Assyria assumed that his victories stemmed from the fact that his god was superior to the gods of the nations he had defeated. How does God explain Sennacherib’s success up until this point? Whose purpose is Sennacherib unwittingly serving? Why will God now bring him down?

What hope does God have for Hezekiah? What does he promise him? For whose sake will God defend the city of Jerusalem?

What happens next is what I like to call the “Hollywood Ending” to the story. “And that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians…” (2 Kings 19:35 ESV) Ironically, Sennacherib, king of Assyria meets his end in the temple of his god, Nisroch, at the hands of his sons Adrammeleck and Sharezer, who then fled. So Sennacherib was assassinated in his temple of worship.

How does this passage shape your understanding of our world today? Is God powerless in the face of terrifying evil and power or can God use them serve his purposes?

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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