Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, October 19, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 21

Prayer Point. This psalm looks forward to the coming of King Jesus. It is he who will return to destroy evil and establish his eternal kingdom upon the earth. As we watch the news and struggle through our lives, use this psalm to build your hope and to pray, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 11:7-15

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. John the Baptist, the prophet sent to prepare the world for Jesus’ arrival is deeply disappointed. He had expected his cousin Jesus to overthrow the evil oppressive powers that dominated Israel and establish God’s kingdom in its place. John had courageously called out the sins of Israel’s tyrant Herod, but had landed in jail for his trouble. Time past and John fell deeper into despair. He sends his disciples to Jesus and asks: “are you the one or should we wait for another.” Jesus confirms that he is the one and then turns to the crowd to tell them about John.

In this passage Jesus will refer to Elijah who was one of Israel’s great prophets. It was believed that Elijah would return prior to the coming of the Messiah to prepare the people for his arrival.

Pay close attention to …

  • What Jesus says about John despite his doubts (verses 7-12).
  • John’s identity for those who are willing to listen to him (verses 13-15).

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 15:12-29

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.Apparently some in Corinth preached against the idea resurrection from the dead. How central is resurrection to the Christian faith? What are we left with without resurrection?

Paul refers to Jesus as the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (15:20) “Fallen asleep” was the term early Christians used to refer to physical death, emphasizing its temporary nature. For Jesus to be the firstfruit of those who have been raised from the dead, means that Jesus is the first resurrected human being with a new, perfect, imperishable body. If you want to know what your resurrected body will be like, take a look at Jesus in John 20. 

The concept that Jesus is a “second Adam” is an important theme in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Notice how he compares and contrasts Jesus to Adam.

Through Adam all _______________________. Through Christ (sometimes called the second Adam) all will be _________________. (15:22)

What must Christ do before the end of this world can come?

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 25:8-12, 22-26

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. You can best understand Israel’s story through the lens of their special relationship or covenant with God. When God rescued his people from Egypt he created a covenant with them. If Israel remained loyal to God, God promised to bless them. If they broke his covenant …

Deuteronomy 28:32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand .

By the time Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians finished with Jerusalem, who and what is left? What happens to Zedekiah because of his lack of faith and courage? What happens to the temple? What happens to the small remnant left behind in Judah? Where of all places do they flee?

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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