Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 119:1-24

Prayer Point. The Law of God is more than a set of rules, it is the path to becoming fully alive. Pray that God will give you a desire to follow Jesus (who perfectly kept the Law), a heart that does not stray from God, and a love for God and his way of life.

Matthew 21:23-32

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. Jesus, who has just cleared the temple of the money-changers and sellers, is challenged to prove his authority to take such action.  How does Jesus avoid answering the question directly?  Why can’t the chief priests and elders answer Jesus’ counter-question?  What motive has Jesus exposed?  Why are the tax-collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of heaven ahead of the chief priests and elders?

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 Peter 3:1-10

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. We live during a time between two comings. It began in Peter’s time and it continues until this day. We look back to the first coming of Jesus who lived, died and rose from the dead. We look forward to his return. We have been waiting for close to two thousand years.

What seeds of doubt will scoffers seek to sow in the minds of believers? Why does God choose to delay the time of Jesus’ coming? What will the coming of Jesus look and feel like?

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.

Amos 3:12-4:5

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. When a lion attacks a sheep what is left for a shepherd to recover (verse 12)?  A graphic image of the coming judgment.

When judgment comes, what two things are especially marked for destruction (verse 14-15)? 

Chapter 4 begins with the Lord seething in anger for he taunts his own people:

“‘Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!’ declares the LORD.” (Amos 4:4-5 ESV)

The real nasty thing in the above cited verses is the sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened (contains yeast). (During Passover a good Jew would not even have leaven in his house.) Most often leaven is a symbol of sinfulness. The sacrifices suggested here are in fact sacrilegious.

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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