Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, January 30, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 59

Prayer Point. David wrote this while surrounded by enemies. Despite his fear, he entrusted himself to God. We pray this prayer by remembering Jesus prayed for us, his enemies, when our sins nailed him to the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Pray that we might leave justice to God so that we might be free to forgive as Jesus forgave us.

John 5:30-47

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. The Law of Moses, the law given to Israel by God, summarized by the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20), required all legal testimony to be verified by two or three witnesses.  Jesus is claiming to be the Son of God, but the crowds are skeptical. The implied question is: where are the two witnesses to support your outlandish claims?

Pay close attention to …

  • Why Jesus doesn’t need John the Baptist (see  John 1:19-36 for John’s story) as a witness.
  • The witnesses that verify Jesus’ teaching.
  • The reason the Jews missed Jesus even though they were experts of the Bible (see verses 37-47).

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 10:1-10

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. The central argument of the book of Hebrews is this: you can’t go back to the Judaism of the Old Testament because the Old Testament (referred to as the law) is “a shadow of the good things that are coming.” Jesus is those good things that are coming. In other words, the Old Testament foreshadows Jesus.  If you lose Jesus, you lose the hope of the Old Testament.

Why is it important to remember that the special sacrifices for the sins of the people had to be offered year after year in the Old Testament? What can’t the blood of bulls and goats do (see verse 4)? In what ways do the sacrifices from the Old Testament point to Jesus’ sacrifice? Why is Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross superior to the old sacrifices of bulls and goats?

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 16:15-17:14

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. 

What does Abram name his son? and Why?
[Abram names his son by Hagar, Ishmael which means “God hears”.  This was the name the angel of the LORD told Hagar to name her son when she was crying out in the wilderness.

Chapter 17 opens with an oft-repeated promise.  What is it?
[“I will greatly increase your numbers.” v. 17:1 NIV]

How does the Lord expand upon his promise and how does he confirm it?
[“‘This is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.  No longer will you be called Abram {“exalted father”}; your name will be Abraham {“father of many”}, for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.  I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.’” Gen. 17:4-7 NIV]

How is this covenant described in verses 17:14-15?
[The covenant is one of circumcision.  Every male (born or bought) is to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.  If the boy is not circumcised he is “cut off” from his people.  This covenant is everlasting.]

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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