Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, March 8, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 124

Prayer Point.  Let’s face it. We assume that safety, food in our refrigerator, health and our homes are a given. Psalm 124 reminds us where we would be without God. Take time today to thank God for the things we too often take for granted.

Matthew 9:1-8

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. A man lays paralyzed at the feet of Jesus. Which of the paralytic’s problems does Jesus choose to address first? Why does this enrage the teachers of the law?

What was Jesus’ motive with the physical healing? What does the healing reveal to us about the authority of Jesus?

Once again we see Jesus refer to himself as the Son of Man. This is a reference to Daniel 7:13-14 where Daniel describes the son of man as one who will be given an everlasting kingdom by the Ancient of Days (God the Father).

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 11:2, 17-22

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 drives Paul to conclude that the Corinthian churches meetings (church services) do more harm than good? What exists among them that should not exist?

It appears that the Corinthian church celebrated communion, the Lord’s Supper, as part of a meal that was shared by the whole community.

What is wrong with the way they celebrate the Lord’s Supper? (obviously getting drunk during communion is a big problem, but what else?)

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 22:1-13

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. Because Manasseh and Amon eschewed (i.e. go around or avoid) the way of the LORD, it happened that the temple fell into disrepair.  Josiah commissioned Hilkiah the high priest to take the money collected for the temple and give it to the workmen to get the temple repaired.  Then something wonderful happened: Hilkiah found a book in the temple.  Hilkiah handed the book (the Book of the Law) to Shaphan his secretary and told him to bring it to the king and read it to him.  Josiah’s response is encouraging.

What is it that makes Josiah a righteous king? What do Josiah’s restoration projects tell you about how far Israel (the kingdom of Judah) had drifted from the LORD? What does the discovery and the reading of the book of the Law, the first five books of the Bible, Genesis to Deuteronomy, tell you about how much Israel had forgotten? What does this tell you about the patience of God?

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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