Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, January 9, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 123

Prayer Point. Meditate on the image of the slave and his master and the maid and the mistress as it reflects the true state of our dependence on God. From this place of humility, ask God to provide us with our daily bread (what we need for today) and his mercy.

John 8:12-19

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 guide you.

Background.   Jesus revealed himself in a series of important “I am” statements that are recorded in the gospel of John (see John 6:35; 6:51; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). In today’s reading he declares “I am the light of the world.”

You will notice that the Pharisees challenge Jesus’ authority on two grounds: the identity of his witnesses and the identity of his father. Jewish Law, in which the Pharisees were regarded as experts, required that all testimony needed to be confirmed by two or three witnesses in order to be considered valid.

Second, you might remember that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit before his mother, Mary, married Joseph. Jesus’ detractors are questioning the legitimacy of his birth by asking, “who is your father?”

Pay close attention to …

  • What Jesus being the light of the world” means for those who follow him.
  • The witnesses which Jesus appeals to in validating his testimony.
  • How Jesus handles the question of the identity of his Father.

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.

Colossians 1:24-2:7

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 guide you.

Background. Paul sees himself as a servant of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ.  His desire is to see Gentiles, like the Colossians, come to believe the gospel, receive its hope and forgiveness and become followers of Jesus Christ.  This is everything for Paul.

Pay close attention to …

  • The cause that Paul gladly suffers for.
  • The mystery that God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles through Paul.
  • The purpose of Paul’s proclamations, admonishments and teachings.
  • Why Paul wants these Christians to know the extent of his sufferings on their behalf.
  • If we began our journey with Christ through faith.  How do we continue to walk with Christ? (verses 6-7)

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.

Isaiah 45:14-19

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 guide you.

Background. Chapter 45 opens with the LORD commissioning Cyrus to carry out God’s plan. Cyrus is not a Jew, is not among the “Chosen People”. This will set the theme of the chapter. Clearly God can use anyone he needs to achieve his ends. What is the LORD doing in verse 14? {Look at Exodus 12:33-36 “The LORD had made the Egyptians favorable disposed toward the people…” NIV} [A similar thing; the Israelites regarded favorably by the “nations” and their wealth given to them.”] What do the “nations” acknowledge with respect to the LORD (see verse 14b)?  Now look at Exodus chapter 33 verses 17-23. [Moses hidden in the cleft of the rock while the glory of the LORD passes by…] How does verse 15 in Isaiah chapter 45 square with what is written in Exodus? [“‘But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.’” Exodus 33:20 NIV] So God “hides himself”, why? [So that we will not be destroyed and that he is the Savior of Israel. v. 15.] What is the fate of the unbeliever or idolater (see verse 16)?  What great promise is made in verse 17?  To whom is this promise made? [I believe the Israel spoken of here is that of the millennial period. That is why they “will never be put to shame or disgraced to ages everlasting.” v. 17b NIV j.t.]

Verse 18 sounds like a catechetical question: Why did God create the heavens and the earth? How does verse 19 indicate that “men are without excuse” (see verse 19 and Romans 1:20)? Where does truth come from?

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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