Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, January 26, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 103

Prayer Point. Are looking for a reason to praise God? Psalm 103 gives you a number of options. Concentrate on two or three and offer your own prayer of praise.

Mark 7:31-37

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. Why do you think Jesus took such an unusual approach to healing the deaf and mute man? This also would have violated Jewish cleanliness laws.

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.

Galatians 2:1-10

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 guide you.

Background.  Ephesians 2:8 states: “By grace are you saved by Faith.” Paul’s purpose in writing was to persuade the Galatians that no Gentile needs to accept circumcision in order to belong to God’s covenant people (or to be a true Christian). Galatians 2:4 tells us that entrance into communion with the people of God comes by faith in Jesus Christ.

As you read this passage notice the turmoil on many levels that is stirred up because of the teaching that you needed to become Jewish (get circumcised) in order to be a true Christian.

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.

Genesis 13:2-18

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. Abram and Lot ended up in the same place: Bethel (which means “of God) a place where Abram had his first encounter with God and where he had built an altar to the LORD. All this to say that the area was familiar to him.

The problem: Abram and Lot both had large flocks and herds and the land could not support both. Abram, being the gentleman he was, offered first choice of the land to his nephew Lot.

How does that work out?
Lot chooses what he thinks are the choicest lands which are east of Bethel toward Sodom (much more about that later) and Abram remained in the land of Canaan.

Once Lot moves on, what does the LORD tell Abram to do?
“Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.”

What promise does the LORD make to Abram here?
“I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.” Not bad when you consider that, at this time, Abram has no offspring at all!

What is the final thing Abram does in this passage? Why is this important?
Abram is at Hebron and here builds (another) altar to the LORD. It is important because it shows just how important the LORD is to Abram. The altar, of course, symbolizes worship – a place where God meets people. (from Immanuel in Our Place; page 16; Tremper Longman III; P&R Publishing; 2001)

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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