Daily Bible Readings – Monday, January 27, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 44

Prayer Point. Jesus spoke of two enemies: the rocks and the thorns . When we are successful (the thorns) we forget that we need  God. When we struggle (the rocks), we blame God. This is a psalm for both the rocky and thorny periods of our lives. Are you struggling? Focus on verses 9-26 and cry for help. If life is good, worship God by meditating on verses 1-8.

John 4:43-54

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. Although Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which was in the south of Israel near Jerusalem, he was raised in the northern region of Galilee. Jesus returns to Cana, the site of his first miracle, where he turned water into wine (see John 2:1-12).  It is this miracle and his actions in Jerusalem (see John 2:13-24) that has the locals buzzing with anticipation.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why Jesus is welcomed in Galilee despite it being the region where he was raised (see verses 44-45).
  • Why Jesus is critical of the Galileans even though they welcomed him (see verses 46-48).
  • To the way Jesus healed the royal official’s son and what it says about his power.
  • The effect that the healing has on the royal official’s household.

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.

Hebrews 8:1-13

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 guide you.

Background. A covenant is simply an agreement between two or more people. Because of man’s sin, the covenant required a mediator or priest who served as a go-between God and his people. This priest represented the people before God in the temple and offered sacrifices on his and their behalf.

The writer of Hebrews will speak of two covenants in today’s reading. The old covenant which was mediated by Israel’s  priests and the new covenant which is mediated by Jesus. The author sets up a comparison between:

  • the Old Testament priests and Jesus
  • the tabernacle (temple) on earth and the tabernacle in heaven.
  • the old covenant and the new covenant.

Pay close attention to …

  • The location of the temple where Jesus serves as opposed to the high priests of Israel.
  • The connection between the earthly tabernacle (temple) and the heavenly one.
  • Why Jesus and the new covenant he mediates is superior to the old covenant and Israel’s priests who mediated it.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the early Jewish Christians.  You are being persecuted for your faith in Christ and you are considering a return to the traditional Judaism you grew up with.  How does what you’ve read encourage you not to go back?

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 14:1-24

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.

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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