Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 127

Prayer Point.  Hard work can be an expression of love, but sometimes it can be an indicator of a heart that fails to trust God. We are called to be faithful, but it is God who builds the house (the temple) and God who sustains us.  Pray for the faith to believe this so that you might rest in God’s ability to provide.

Matthew 19:13-22

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. Children in Jesus’ day did not enjoy the same status as children tend to today. They were on the low end of the social pecking order, probably occupying the position that elderly do in our time. Why does Jesus value children the way he does? How do children serve as an example to those who are seeking to enter the kingdom of heaven?

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 Peter 1:13-25

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. Now that Peter’s readers have received the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how are they called to live in response? Who do they imitate? (See verse 16 Be holy because ______________ ).

Whom do they now belong to? What was the purchase price?

Lambs were an important part of Israel’s story. It was a lamb that was sacrificed on the night Israel became a free people. The lamb was killed, the blood of the lamb was put on the doorposts of every Jewish house. When the Angel of Death came through, he “passed over” the homes with the blood of the lamb, but in the Egyptian homes without the lamb’s blood every first born son died.

Jesus is now being compared to that first born son. We are free not because God killed the firstborn son of our enemies, but because he sacrificed his firstborn son for our sakes. That was the purchase price of our forgiveness.

How do we purify ourselves through Christ (see verse 22)? What is the most important in our obedience to God according to Peter in verse 22. How is such a life possible according to verse 23?
Here is where it gets interesting, Jesus not only died to buy us back from death (verse 18-19), but Jesus also lived that we might be changed forever (verse 23).

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.

Nahum 1:1-13

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.

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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