Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, October 13, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 111

Prayer Point. This psalms recounts what God has done for Israel to inspire his community to worship God. Pick one or two memories that resonate with your own story and offer God your own thanksgiving psalm.

Luke 7:36-50

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 Pharisee invites Jesus to have dinner with him. Notice here what happens: The Pharisee offers no water for the feet of Jesus.He does not anoint Jesus’ head with oil. He doesn’t offer Jesus the kiss of greeting.

What does the woman do here? She wet Jesus’ feet with her tears. She dried his feet with her hair. She poured out the perfume at his feet.

The posture of the Pharisee and the woman could not have been more different. Who was it that found favor in Christ’s eyes? What does Jesus say to the woman? How does the crowd of guests react? What is Jesus teaching us here about faith?

Remember that the Pharisees were meticulous law-keepers. What was the heart of the law? It was to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Did the Pharisee do that here? What is the source of loving God? Does it have anything to do with knowing your sins?

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 14:8-18

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 bkground to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Paul and Barnabas traveled together through the cities of Asia Minor (Turkey today), preaching the gospel through words and by performing miracles, and gathering those who believed their message into churches.

What is the unexpected response to the crippled man’s healing? How do the people of Lystra misidentify Paul and Barnabas? How do Paul and Barnabas respond to the prospect of being worshiped? The crowds that Paul and Barnabas are Gentiles, people who were unfamiliar with Jewish customs, Scripture and traditions. What do you notice about the way Paul communicates the message of Jesus to the crowds?

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.

Jeremiah 36:1-10

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. As so often happens in the lives of prophets, they fall out of favor with the king and religious leaders.  Such was the case of Jeremiah.  Jeremiah found himself banned from going into the house of the LORD.  It also happened that the LORD had a message for Jeremiah to deliver to the people of Judah.  That figures.  How to work around this?  I am supposing that all of this happened before the Babylonian Captivity.  Undaunted, Jeremiah dictates to his scribe Baruch all the words he needs to announce to the people of Judah.  Jeremiah’s heart is breaking because of the apostasy of Judah!  “I am banned from going to the house of the LORD, so you are to go on a day of fasting in the hearing of all the people in the LORD’s house you shall read the words of the LORD from the scroll that you have written at my dictation.” (Jeremiah 36:5-6 ESV)

When the book of the Law was read to Jehoiakim’s father, Josiah, he and all Judah with him repented and returned to the LORD in humility. How does Jehoiakim begin to respond as his father did?

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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