Daily Bible Readings – Friday, October 25, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 31

Prayer Point.  It is easy to feel abandoned by God when bad times come. That’s why we need this psalm. It is the cry of a forsaken man who refuses to surrender his faith. Who is he? He is one who said, “into your hands I commit my spirit” as he hung from a cross (Luke 23:46). Give your concerns to God knowing that Jesus entered our world and suffered for us.

Matthew 12:22-32

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. The people of Israel in Jesus’ day lived with the expectation that a great king, a descendant of King David, would come to restore peace and justice in Israel. This Messiah or Christ would establish God’s eternal kingdom on earth. What does Jesus do that causes the people to believe that he might just be this king? What is the Pharisee’s counter-explanation and what makes it so ridiculous?

It is the unbelief of the Pharisees that causes them to willfully blind themselves to who Jesus is and what he is doing. They would rather believe that demons were casting out other demons than believe that Jesus is in fact sent from God to establish his kingdom on earth.

What sin can be forgiven? Note that Jesus uses the title, “the Son of Man” to refer to himself (see Daniel 7:13-14). What sin cannot be forgiven?

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 16:10-24

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. How are the Corinthians to treat Timothy, Paul’s assistant, when he comes to visit Corinth? What are Paul’s final instructions for the Corinthians? How are they to relate to their leaders? Why?

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.

Ezra 3:1-13

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. The remnant that returned to Jerusalem rebuilt the LORD’s altar, offered sacrifices and celebrated the Feast of the Tabernacles. How was this an expression of the people’s faith in the LORD? In other words, what made this move risky? When the foundation is laid, why is there a mixed reaction from the community? Who was it that rejoiced? Who wept?

Although the temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem, it will be nothing like the splendor of Solomon’s Temple. A remnant has returned, the promises of God are still alive, but we are still waiting for the descendant of David who will reign forever and build a temple that will outshine them all.

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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