Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 6

Prayer Point. Psalm 6 is proof that you can pray when you are suffering the consequences of your own sin. We can appeal to God’s faithfulness to save us from ourselves. Don’t be afraid to bring your shame and guilt to God.

Matthew 10:16-23

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. As the disciples of Christ ministered what kind of opposition were they up against? What would be the outcome for those who stand against this persecution? Standing firm is not the way to become saved, but the evidence of being saved. What does this passage tell us about God’s Spirit? Once again we see the Son of Man imagery in verse 23. This is a reference to Daniel 7:13-14 where Daniel describes the Son of Man as one who will be given everlasting dominion of the kingdom by the Ancient of Days. Here we notice that Jesus is telling his disciples to flee if persecuted. Why should they flee?

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 14:1-12

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. For Paul, love is paramount, not the spiritual gifts. The gifts are unique God-given abilities to be used to love and serve God’s church. What spiritual gift does Paul hold out as an example of a gift that benefits the church?

Prophecy is more than telling the future. It is a spiritual gift where one hears a “word” from God and passes that message on to the church. In some cases, the message was about the future, in other cases, it was a word of encouragement or warning (see Acts 21:10-11). Speaking in tongues is the ability to speak in a language that is unknown to the speaker. One example is Acts 2:1-9.

Why is prophecy considered to be a greater gift than speaking in tongues? What sort of gifts did Paul encourage the Corinthian Christians to pursue?

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 36:27-37:2

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 will judgment look like for King Jehoiakim? What do you think would have happened had he listened and repented as his court officials had urged him?

2 Chronicles 36:5-6 (ESV) sums up very briefly Jehoiakim and what happened to him. “Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD his God. Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar and bound him in chains to take him to Babylon. … Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and the abominations that he did, and what was found against him, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.”

Jehoiachin only lasted three months in Jerusalem then Nebuchadnezzar had him dragged off to Babylon. Next in line (note not Jehoiakim’s son) was Mattaniah the son of Josiah who was made king by Nebuchadnezzar. His name was changed to Zedekiah.

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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