Daily Bible Readings – Friday, November 15, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 92

Prayer Point.  The writer of Psalm 92 worships God because he has both destroyed evil and caused his people, the righteous, “to flourish like a palm tree.” Here is what we know this side of the cross: God has destroyed the evil within us, without destroying us, by nailing our sins to the cross of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God will rid the world of evil without getting rid of us. Praise God for his grace this morning in your prayers.

Matthew 16:13-20

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. Who do the crowds believe the Son of Man (Jesus) to be?

Once again Jesus refers to himself as the Son of Man which is a reference to Daniel 7:13-14: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

Jesus presses the question further, “But who do you say that I am?” How does Simon Peter reply?  According to Jesus, who revealed this to Peter?

Why does Jesus give Simon the name ‘Peter’? What is the rock upon which Jesus will build his church?

This has been a hotly debated topic for centuries. The answer from our tradition is that the “rock” is Peter’s confession, “you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” and not the Apostle himself.

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.

Revelation 19:11-16

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. John sees heaven open and before him is an image of rider on a white horse.Who is the rider on the white horse? To answer this question compare the description of the rider on the white horse to the description of Jesus in Revelation 1:12-18. Compare the name “the Word of God” to the opening words of John’s gospel (John 1:1). What is written on his thigh?

What will this rider do?

Remember that the full title of the book of Revelation is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 1:1). Is this a side of Jesus that you have thought much about? How does this future image of Jesus inspire you to live today?

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.

 

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