Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 119:121-144

Prayer Point.  Sometimes life is difficult even when you do the right thing. This section of Psalm 119 shows you how to pray when you are in this situation. Look at the requests David makes in this psalm and follow those requests into your own time of prayer for either yourself or someone you know that is in this situation.

Matthew 17:22-27

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. Jesus predicts his own death and resurrection. The disciples were greatly distressed. Why do the disciples not understand what has to happen in order for the redemption of man to take place through the death and resurrection of Christ? Would you have understood? What are they still thinking about? Could it be that they are still looking for the great military conqueror to overthrow Israel’s oppressors?

The two-drachma tax was a special tax to support the temple in Jerusalem (see Exodus 30:11-16). Every person over the age of 30 in Israel was required to pay this tax.

Does Jesus consider himself and his disciples under obligation to pay the tax? Why or why not? Why does Jesus submit to the tax if he is free? Where does the money come from to pay the tax? When we give to God, where does the resources come from in the first place?

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 21:9-21

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 seventh angel takes John to see a vision of God’s people (called the bride, the wife of the Lamb), but when John gazes on the vision what does he see?

God’s faithful people = the wife of the lamb = the bride = ________________.

What twelve foundations are God’s people built on? What are the twelve gates of God’s people?

God’s people are made up of both Israel (before the coming of Christ) and _______________ (after Christ).

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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