Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, February 9, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 34

Prayer Point. David is remembering when God miraculously saved him and allowing that memory to move to worship. Take time today to think about a time when God intervened in your life and offer God your own prayer of praise.

Mark 10:13-22

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. Children in the ancient world did not have the social standing that they have today. We worship youth today in our culture and maybe overly so, but in Jesus’ day, children were often marginalized as we do the poor, the ugly and the elderly. How does Jesus view those who are not valued by our world? How are people to enter the kingdom of God? Who are they to identify with?

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 Timothy 2:14-21

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 book of Timothy is a letter from the apostle Paul to his “dear son” (spiritual son) Timothy. Timothy had traveled with Paul on his missionary journeys learning to become a missionary in his own right. At some point, Timothy reached a level of maturity and was sent out on his own. Paul continued his relationship with Timothy through letters such as this one, passing on to him encouragement and wisdom.

What is Timothy called to warn his congregation against? What is Timothy to encourage his people to become? (vs. 15)  What “infection” has infiltrated the church? Why is Paul confident that this church will survive? (vs. 19)

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 24:50-67

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. Abraham’s servant then showered Bethuel and Laban with the riches Abraham had sent along.  Kind of like sealing the deal.

The next morning Abraham’s servant was fully prepared to return to Abraham.  What was Bethuel and Laban’s delay?
[Bethuel and Laban wanted Rebekah to remain at home another ten days.]

The servant of Abraham has a sense of urgency in his departure. I think that he may be afraid that Bethuel and Laban may change their minds, or worse, that Abraham may die in the meantime.  The truth is the scripture does not tell us.

Who gets the final decision?
[Rebekah had the final say.  I think that that was unusual.  In a patriarchal society (such as that one) the women very rarely had any say over their futures.]

How does this story culminate?
[There was Isaac meditating in the field and he notices camels afar off approaching.  He then goes out to meet the small caravan.  Rebekah asks Abraham’s servant who is approaching and he tells her that it is Isaac (the son of) his master.  She covers her face with a veil and then goes off with Isaac into Sarah’s tent and Isaac then marries Rebekah.  The bible tells us that Isaac was then comforted after his mother’s death.]

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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