Daily Bible Readings – Friday, October 11, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 141

Prayer Point. While external threats exist, our most dangerous enemy is the one within. The psalmist prays for protection in three areas: his mouth, his heart and his pride. Are any of these areas a problem for you? Pray today that God will protect you from your own sinful nature.

Matthew 9:27-34

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. Notice here how the blind men recognize Jesus. Son of David was a term used by the Jewish to address the messiah. It was known that the messiah would be a descendant of David (Isaiah 9:7) (Life Application Study Bible Notes). What is interesting to note here is that it is prophesied in Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; and 42:7 that the messiah would restore the sight to the blind.

Notice the question Jesus ask the two blind men. “Do you believe I am able to do this?” What does Jesus say that heals the men? Why does Jesus warn them not to tell people? What do the men contribute to their healing?

What happens next is interesting. What does this say about Jesus’ power to cast out demons? What does the crowd’s reaction say about Jesus? Why do the Pharisees react this way? Something to note here is that Jesus performs miracles to confirm people’s faith never to create it.

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 12:12-26

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 does the church function like a human body? What is true of every Christian? In what way is each Christian unique? In Paul’s understanding of the church and the Christian faith is it possible to be a Christian all by yourself? What responsibility does each of us have to the church community?

American society values people based on what they do. Therefore a CEO is valued more than the night janitor. Different roles exist in the church. Some are leaders and some are more behind the scenes. In what way is the church different from our world? How are the ‘lesser roles’ to be valued by the church?  How are Christians to view the sufferings and successes of their fellow Christians?

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 23:26-24:17

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? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Although Josiah’s reforms were impressive, God’s wrath for the sins of Judah under King Manasseh remained. God promised that judgment would not come until after Josiah’s death (2 Kings 22:15-20). With Josiah now dead, idolatry returns to Judah and along with it the looming threat of God’s judgment.

How has Judah become re-enslaved to the Pharaoh of Egypt? What new threat appears in Israel that is more terrifying than Egypt? Can Israel find a king with the power to save them?

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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