Daily Bible Readings – Monday, October 7, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 106

Prayer Point.  I can’t read this psalm without hearing of the voice of the crucified thief pleading with Jesus, “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Like us, he was a sinner in need to God’s forgiveness. Psalm 106 speaks of Israel’s sins, but what are yours? Confess them to God and ask him for his forgiveness and the hope of eternal life.

Matthew 8:28-34

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. According to Jewish ceremonial law the men Jesus encountered were unclean in three ways: 1. They were Gentiles. 2. They were demon possessed. 3. They lived in a graveyard. (Life Application Study Bible Notes)

Even though the men were unclean we see Jesus engage them. What does Jesus do that is so amazing and terrifying to the townspeople? Why do you think they pleaded with Jesus to leave their region?

It is also important to note that Jesus had landed in a Gentile area. Jews did not herd pigs or hang out in tombs. Notice the demons recognize Jesus as Son of God. What do they ask of Jesus? What does this say about Jesus’ power over the devil and his demons? What does this passage say about Jesus’ willingness to save even the Gentiles?

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 10:14 – 11:1

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 urges the Corinthians to flee idolatry, the worship of false gods.  The “cup of thanksgiving” and the “bread” are the bread and cup of communion.  How does communion bind us to God and to each other? Why couldn’t the Corinthians participate in communion (the Lord’s Table) and pagan sacrifices at the same time? If the idols are nothing, what is the harm?

Paul argues that we have a considerable amount of freedom as followers of Jesus. Why would we not do everything that is permissible for us? For what reasons should we set aside our freedoms? How should we exercise our freedoms in light of Jesus’ command to “love our neighbor as ourselves?”

Paul teaches a Christian way of life through words, but also by__________ (see 11:1).

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 21:1-18

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. How do we go from one of the more righteous kings of Judah to by far the most reprobate?  Manasseh succeeds Hezekiah as king of Judah and he reigns for fifty-five years.  All of the religious reforms and cleansings done by Hezekiah will be undone by his own son Manasseh. He is described as a king who “did evil in the eyes of the LORD; following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.” How far did Manasseh’s wickedness go? How did Israel compare to the Canaanite nations that God had destroyed?

What will God’s judgment look like?

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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